Friday, 24 May 2013

Benteke wants Arsenal move -Midfielders move blown out of water by £85m-price-tag?

Morning Gooners.

A quick round-up to get your day going.

The striker Christian Benteke has been speaking about his future and it doesn't seem he's 100 per cent convinced he'll be staying with Aston Villa next season.

Benteke said:
"If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn’t get the most out of my career. I try to get everything. 
"Of course playing the World Cup in Rio is in my head. But I have no fear of falling out of the team. There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa. 
"If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I’m convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner."
The 22-year-old scored 19 goals in his debut Premier League season. He also chipped in with four assists. Villa picked him up for £7m, so they'd want to at least double that fee should they even consider letting him go. Certainly a situation to watch with interest.

Elsewhere, Montpellier have slapped an £85m price tag on wanted midfielder Remy Cabella. The 23-year-old scored seven goals and eight assists from 30 league appearances this season.  

Montpellier's deputy chairman Laurent Nicollin told Radio Monte Carlo:
"He is non-transferable.   
"We try to anticipate and plan things, even in football, but it's complicated. 
"The desire of the club is to keep Remy - he was told and knows this. If a club arrives and offers €100 million (£85m), it will be discussed though."
Every player has their price and I'm sure before starting negotiations, Nicollin has tried to put his club in the strongest position possible. Of course we won't pay a fraction of £85m for Cabellla, if he's on Arsene Wenger's shortlist.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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