Friday, 8 July 2011

£6m Chamberlain bid made - Lansbury to leave? - Vieira snubs Wenger

Morning Gooners,

Another day passes, another attempt to smoothly complete a transfer hits a snag. Although there is little doubt that Gervinho will sign, it appears the paperwork won't be completed until Monday. This could scupper the Ivorian's chances of being on the plane with the rest of the squad on Sunday when Arsenal take off for Asia.

The deal with Lille is agreed and it could yet be announced today. But if Arsene Wenger had wanted to acclimatise the forward with his new team mates, and pre-season is an ideal time to do that, why have Arsenal waited so long to get the deal done. Yes, Gervinho was on holiday prior to the weekend but that doesn't mean we couldn't have tied up all the loose ends with Lille and his agent prior to him coming to London for talks.

Perhaps I'm being over critical of the club. I know that negotiations of a transfer aren't the simplest thing to conclude. But it feels like we're still in primary school learning how to do them. There maybe things going on in the background we're not privy to, but I wish for once a transfer to Arsenal would run smoothly!

And then we come on to our attempts to sign Alex Chamberlain. The Daily Star are reporting we've had a bid of £6m for the player knocked back. I would be very surprised if that's the total amount we offered for the 17-year-old. I'd think that would be our initial cash outlay and we'd bolt on add ons depending on appearances, trophies and England caps. But considering we paid Cardiff £5m for Aaron Ramsey, it could be correct.

Anyway, the south coast club have knocked it back and told us to come back with a better offer. I would like to see Chamberlain join. I think he's an exciting prospect. Although you wouldn't have thought that Arsene Wenger would have him in his plans for the league and Champions League this season, he'd certainly get a run out in the cups.

It appears we're no closer to knowing the future of Samir Nasri as an Arsenal player. The 24-year-old returned to training yesterday and was involved in both sessions with his team mates.

The Guardian report the Frenchman will be happy to see out his contract if Arsenal do not accept an offer for him. Whilst the Daily Telegraph say Manchester United are prepared to wait well into August to sign the player. However the Daily Mail say his destination will be Manchester City.

There is also speculation that Nasri and Wenger will hold further talks before Sunday's departure to Asia.

The Daily Mirror says one of the players Arsene Wenger is currently targeting is Juan Mata but that the Spaniard will not be a direct replacement for Samir Nasri.

The Cesc Fabregas transfer saga rumbles on. The Daily Mirror say it could be August by the time Barcelona finally drop their demands for compensation for Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin. The Daily Express say Barca's stance over the deal has caused a row between Sandro Rosell and Pep Guardiola.

If they really wanted Cesc they'd pay what Arsenal want for him. I've said it several times before but they really can't be that keen if they keep offering derisory money for Europe's best midfielder. They want him back on the cheap. I'm really glad Ivan Gazidis isn't budging on this one.

In other news, Henri Lansbury is subject to a £2m bid from Norwich according to The Sun.

Whilst Patrick Vieira is set to snub Arsene Wenger's offer for him to join Arsenal's back room staff and accept an offer from Manchester City for a coaching role at Eastlands, also in The Sun.

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