Sunday, 19 June 2011

Wenger's £60m windfall - Blackburn confirm Arsenal's offer for Samba - Barca summit

Morning Gooners

Well it's again groundhog day. There appears to be little movement in the world of the Arsenal transfer speculation. The main news comes from the News of the World who say the sale of property at Queenstown Road will boost the club's transfer kitty by £25million, meaning Arsene Wenger will have up to £60million in the transfer market. Property Week has the full details of the homes deal.

There are the stories about all the normal characters in the newspapers today:

Cesc Fabregas
The Sunday Mirror report Barcelona have spoken to the club about signing Cesc but are yet to make a formal offer. Chairman Peter Hill-Wood says Arsenal want to keep him. Whilst the Mail on Sunday say the Catalan club will send a delegation to London to meet with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger. I hope they haven't brought their tickets yet because they'll be wasting their money.

Samir Nasri
The manager is due to meet with Nasri and his agents this week to trash out a new deal. The Sunday Times believe the attacker is still awaiting signs we'll be active in the transfer market before he commits to a new contract. Whilst the Sunday People say Inter Milan will send a delegation to meet with Arsenal officials to speak about signing the Frenchman.

The Sunday Times say the club are set to complete the signing of the £10.6m Ivory Coast striker from Lille. However the Mail on Sunday say formal agreement with dotting the i's and crossing the t's could take up to two weeks.

Christopher Samba

The Mail on Sunday report that Blackburn have confirmed they've recieved at least one offer from Arsenal for defender Christopher Samba.
Anuradha Desai, the businesswoman who heads the consortium that runs Rovers said: "We don't want to let Chris go. I'm confident that we can keep him and I hope he'll stay.
"I know he has an ambition to play for Arsenal but I hope we can keep him for another year at least and prove our own ambition."

Christian Eriksen
The News of the World report the Ajaz Midfielder says he's not ready to quit Holland and move to the Premier League. Both Arsenal and Spurs are ready to sign the 19-year-old according to the newspaper.
The Dane said: "I'm not yet ready for the next stage. That's why I am staying, to learn."

Jose Enrique
The Newcastle left-backs' representatives have had preliminary talks with Arsenal because of the on-going contract situation with Gael Clichy report the Sunday Times.

Joey Barton
The Newcastle midfielder has been linked with an unlikely switch to north London by the Sunday People.
They report it would cost just £1.5million for the midfielder who earns £65,000 a week.

Scott Dann
Arsenal are one of several clubs including Liverpool and Aston Villa reported to be interested in the central defender according to the Sunday People. The 24-year-old would cost £12million.

You've got to hope that Arsenal will complete the deals for at least one of these players this week whilst retaining the services of Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy.

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