Saturday, 2 July 2011

Fabregas to remain in Ibiza - Nasri's negotiating - RVP's transfer request?

Morning Gooners.

Another day passes and we've still to sign a player, apart from Carl Jenkinson. It's July 2nd now... but wasn't all our business meant to be done on July 1st? What has happened? Has Peter Hill-Wood taken Ivan Gazidis' mobile phone away from him and sent him to lie down in a dark room?

Who knows. What we do know is that there is no news coming out of Arsenal. Not a peep.

No doubt as the players return for pre-season training next week, other clubs will be trying to conclude transfers for the players we want to sell. And I'm sure the Gervinho deal will have all its lose ends tied up.

The Daily Mirror are speculating that Samir Nasri will return to London to tell Arsene Wenger he wants to leave the club. They go on to say the Frenchman wants guarantees to stay at the club. It's a bit of a mixed message.

Regular readers will know that I believe Nasri will leave. I think he's had his head turned by offers from other clubs which will double his wages. We've not been prepared to up our offer of £90k a week and his agents have been speaking to other clubs. The latest club to be linked with a bid for the attacker is Chelsea by the Guardian.

I know that Nasri has a place in lots of Gooners' hearts. He's scored some important goals for us and has a wonderful song. I just feel if he doesn't want to commit to a new contract with us we should be parting company with him. He isn't vital to the way we play football like Cesc Fabregas is.

A friend of a friend who was on holiday in America bumped into Nasri whilst he was out there and asked Samir about his future. He said he was leaving and would be joining Inter Milan. How true the destination is I don't know, but if he's telling people he's leaving you've got to be preparing yourself for that.

If Samir's not prepared to sign on the dotted line, Wenger has to decide whether to sell him now to one of our rivals or lose him to one of them in a year. It's not as though he's going to step down a level and join Tottenham. We've got to cash in on him and then spend that money on a player who wants to wear the shirt.

The Cesc Fabregas transfer saga has gone quiet in the last day or so but is back today with Sky Sports News reporting Real Madrid are weighing up a bid for our captain. They think Cesc is worth a more realistic £45m compared to Barcalona's derisory £32m. And the Daily Mirror are reporting that the Spanish champions want to pay in installments starting with an £8.5m down payment on him signing.

If we're getting down to this kind of detail we must be getting close, but if I were Ivan Gazidis I'd be asking for half now and half in 18 months time. We need to ensure the club doesn't take what it's offered from Barca and fights for the true value of our captain which I would say would be in the region of £50m.
The Mirror also report that Cesc won't come back to London early next week but remain in Ibiza until his future is sorted. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen. Remember last summer when Sky Sports News were telling us that Cesc hadn't reported for training on Members Day at the Grove following his extra time off after the World Cup? He was there but their reporter hadn't seen him enter the stadium but what dramatic television it made...

It seems as though each player has a different time to return to London Colney as Jack Wilshere is due to report this weekend.

He told Sky Sports News he wants to see our best players retained this summer.

Wilshere said:
"Obviously we want them to stay. They are part of Arsenal and big players for the club so we want them to stay, but we will see. I am going back for pre-season tomorrow and we will see."
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has said we've yet to lodge a bid with the south coast club for Alex Chamberlain. The Daily Mirror join the bandwagon on the Scott Dann front saying we're competing with Chelsea for his signature and the Daily Mail say we're also taking on Abramovich's lot for Gary Cahill.
The Sun say Andrey Ashavin could be subject to an offer from Galatasaray. Nickolas Bendtner's dad has been telling everyone who will listen that Borussia Dortmund are after his son.
And the Daily Star are running a spurious story about Robin van Persie wanting to leave the club. They say Robin will hand in a transfer request if Arsene Wenger does replace out going players with like for like quality.

In this story there are no quotes to back up what is being reported. Personally I don't know how they can run a story like this without having someone quoted. Robin loves Arsenal. He's desperate to win trophies with the club and he's not stupid. He can see that Arsene Wenger is in a tough spot with Nasri and Clichy.

He's got two years to run on his contract along with Arshavin, Walcott and Djourou. I would very much doubt him demanding a transfer. None of our other player have, so why would Robin?

Extra reading today comes from 7amKickOff who discuss the not so happy endings Arsenal face with Samir Nasri. An excellent read.

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