Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Rosell: Cesc won't come this year - Who will replace Clichy?

Morning Gooners.

The Cesc Fabregas transfer show continues today Barcelona president Sandro Rosell spoke on Spanish television about the situation. He repeated that despite being the best midfielder in Europe for the past five season, Fabregas was worth less than the derisory £36million they offered for our captain last summer because of wear and tear.

He said
"I'm sure Cesc wants to return. He is doing what he can to make it happen, for as much as his position allows it." 
"If we make an offer and Arsenal don't accept it, Cesc won't come this year. Guardiola understands that." 
The Catalan's president also said they wouldn't be breaking the bank for Alexis Sánchez. If they've got a budget of £45million there is no way they can afford to buy Cesc and Sánchez in the same window. With our captain jetting away to Jakarta last night, this situation isn't going to be resolved anytime soon.

I think Cesc knows that Barca's heart is not in it. They won't fight to win his signature by offering the amount Arsenal want for him. I think he'd be a luxury signing for them, one which they can't afford and a signing for Rosell which would help him get re-elected to the office of President.

Fabregas isn't a signing Rosell or Barca really need to make now. Plus for them his price is too high because he still has four years to run on his deal. Cesc has already said he won't agitate for a move, which I respect him hugely for. So it comes back to Barca stumping up the money.

I would hate us to sell Cesc. And that's why I hope the club will continue to fight against Barcelona's dirty tactics to keep our captain. We're a better team with him than without him.

A player we might have seen the last of in an Arsenal shirt is Gael Clichy who is attracting interest from Roma, according to the Daily Mirror.

The paper reports director Walter Sabatini is heading to London for talks about recruiting the defender for around £7million. Arsenal value him at £10m, double the amount Liverpool offered us for the French international.

With Clichy's deal expiring next summer, there has been little talk of us offering him a new deal. None of the suspects, Arsenal, Clichy or his agent have been vocal about what is going on with his contract.

Personally I would like us to make Clichy an offer but I think he'll leave this summer. For me, that means we'll have to go out and buy a new left back. Kieran Gibbs despite his early promise is still too raw and hasn't had enough experience at the highest level. Moving Thomas Vermaelen from central defence to full back isn't an option either as for me he's key to the spine of our team. You can see from last season what a miss he was and to move him from his natural central position to the left makes no sense.

The perfect replacement for Clichy is Leighton Baines. He's impressed me and I'd be happy with him. But the sticking point with every deal is cash and Everton do like to price their players in the Joleon Lescott tier, which are unobtainable prices for anyone other than Manchester City and Chelsea.

A few transfer rumours. The Sun report we're scouting 24-year-old Schalke midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado. Whilst the Daily Mirror report that Marouane Chamakh's mate Adel Taarabt says we're interested in him, along with Chelsea. The Times report Anderlecht have made an offer for Carlos Vela, who also has a loan offer from Swansea City and who's situation is being monitored by Real Zaragoza.

Finally, the BBC report Alisher Usmanov has increased his stake in the club to 29%.

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