Friday, 29 July 2011

PHW on Fabregas/Jagielka -Juan Mata to sign -Lansbury's £1.5m exit?

Morning Gooners.

It appears as though things are starting to pick up on the Arsenal transfer business front and about time to some of you will probably say.

Chairman Peter Hill Wood has confirmed in an interview with the Daily Star that Arsenal have been in negotiations with Everton over the signing of Phil Jagielka, whilst also announcing that manager Arsene Wenger has put a deadline on Cesc Fabregas' move to Barcelona going through.

On the Fabregas situation, Hill Wood said:

"They have been messing about for a year and a half now and they have got to make up their minds.
"The ball is in their court. They have made one bid of around £26m and another rather tentative one. 
"If they want to buy the player they are going to have to pay the right price – and when you look at what is being paid elsewhere I don’t think what we are asking is at all unreasonable."

Whilst on Jagielka, the chairman said:
"We have made a bid for him but they didn’t think it was enough. It is very busy but nothing is actually happening."
Which makes a lot of sense. Because whilst the transfer market is actually very slow to get going this summer, not many of the league's top six have been signing new players, apart from Manchester United and now Manchester City.

It's good to hear the chairman say  "we are getting close to that" when asked about whether we'd call off talks with Barca over Cesc's move to Spain. Every media outlet is now reporting Cesc won't be involved in the Emirates Cup and it will be interesting to see what reason they give for his non involvement considering he has been training as normal this week.

The Daily Express say Arsene Wenger has sent an email to Sandro Rosell over the Fabregas negotiations saying the club won't allow it to drag on into the Premier League season. Personally I think the next big date for whether Fabregas will be at Arsenal for the coming season is next Thursday (August 4) which as well as Members Day is also when the club traditionally have the first team squad picture taken at the Grove. If Fabregas is not included, I think we'll have to assume he won't be with us for the new season.

Cesc's good friend Gerard Pique has been speaking about the situation again and it seems he's finally come to the conclusion that no matter what he says it's all down to whether Barcelona want to stump up the cash to get the player.

With news of negotiations going on for Jagielka, I'm actually slightly surprised we're going for him. He's 28-years-old and will probably end up costing £15m. Shouldn't we be trying to drive down Bolton's asking price for Gary Cahill a bit, considering they want £17m for a player who is in the final year of his contract? Perhaps he's agreed to sign for us next summer on a Bosman already? The Daily Mirror meanwhile report Cahill is to be offered an improved deal so that he doesn't leave for free in 12 months.

There is increased talk about Juan Mata joining. A fee of around £17m is now being reported as the point where a deal can be done. If we do conclude the Spain international's signing it would significantly break our record transfer fee paid for a player. I think we'll see movement on this one early next week.

The Sun are reporting Henri Lansbury could be on his way to Norwich permanently. A fee of £1.5m is suggested. Nicklas Bendtner is set to conclude negotiations on a move to Sporting Lisbon for around £9m. And finally, Gunnerblog reports Arsenal have finally got their man, with Joel Campbell agreeing to join the club.

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