Thursday, 21 July 2011

Cesc won't play in Germany -£10m defender bid snubbed -Chamberlain available for £12m

Morning Gooners.

A short post this morning as I'm running late. The highlights (or low lights if you'd rather call them that) from this morning are pretty few and far between,

According the the Daily Mirror, Cesc has set out to make sure Arsene Wenger is 100% sure he wants to leave Arsenal this summer and has begged the manager to let him return to Spain. The one huge problem here is that Barcelona have failed on every occasion to meet our asking price and that is hampering any chances of a deal taking place. We all know now that if Sandro Rosell really wanted to sign Cesc he would have stumped up the amount of money Arsenal value him at (and I'm sure we've already placed a discount on that because to me he's worth at least £50m).

Pep Guardiola has already admitted Cesc isn't his first choice signing. How can that make our captain feel? He wasn't first choice last summer when the Spaniards went after him and now this summer he's not first choice either. He won't earn the money he's on at Arsenal with the Spanish champions (and of course there is more to life than money) but at Arsenal he is really appreciated, the first name on the team sheet. I really believe that a deal is unlikely to happen because of Barca's refusal to meet our valuation. And no matter what loud mouthed Barca players say, if their club wanted Cesc as much as they say they do, they would have paid the price needed to buy Europe's best midfielder and not offered a derisory £26m.

The papers say the Barca delegation are now in London to negotiate whilst Cesc continues to train with Sol Campbell. They also say he'll miss the trip to Germany because he's yet to train with the team.

Juan Mata is now back on the radar after Valencia said he was available, for the right price of course, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Daily Express report that we've had a £10m bid for Everton's Phil Jagielka rejected. They value the defender at double that...  £20m. Now there is no way that Arsene Wenger is going to stump up that amount of cash for a defender, so I think we'll have to negotiate thee deal with Bolton to bring in Gary Cahill, but that won't be for the £17m they're after.

Southampton "sources" say they're prepared to sell Alex Chamberlain, but only if an offer of £12m cash is made, which is a lot of money for a 17-year-old with one season of League One football under his belt.

And finally, the Daily Mirror say we're listening to offers for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas in the region of £1m. The attacker has failed to so far live up to expectation at the club and rather send him out on loan again, Wenger is looking to sell according to the newspaper.

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