Monday, 1 July 2013

Negotiations continue on Cesar -Ancelotti sanctions Higuain sale -Barca starlet being scouted

Morning Gooners.

And here we are at the start of another week where the 2013-14 football season is now just six weeks away. This summer seems to have flown by and nothing in terms of big transfers has happened yet.

Maybe that will all change this week?

Well it seems that talks are set to resume with Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar representatives over his move across London to the Grove.

The Guardian reports we'll be fighting it out with Roma and Fiorentina for the Brazilian's signature following the conclusion of the Confederations Cup which Cesar and his team mates won last night. I didn't watch it, but someone on my twitter timeline said the Brazilian was in inspired form, which begs the question about why he wasn't able to help keep QPR in the Premier League.

I can't honestly say I've seen too much of him, so I'm certainly undecided on whether we should sign him. But do we honestly need to add a 33-year-old goalkeeper to our ranks to fight it out with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski? And if Arsene Wenger is to add a more experienced keeper to our ranks, should we be considering Pepe Reina?

I guess if QPR are only looking for £1.5m for Cesar, you can see why Wenger would be tempted more than paying Liverpool £10m for Reina, who is 30. And the Brazilian's wages of £70k a week are manageable.

Meanwhile The Guardian are also reporting Carlo Ancelotti has sanctioned the transfer of Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n to Arsenal and the deal is set to be completed in the next few days.

If the Higuain deal goes through, I can't see us progressing with our interest in Wayne Rooney who is set to sit down with new Manchester United manager David Moyes tomorrow to thrash out his future. Yesterday the Sunday Mirror went strong on a reported £20m bid for the England striker. The Daily Mail are today reporting Rooney has made up his mind he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Friends of the blog Mundo Albiceleste are reporting that Argentina World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles believes Higuain can be as good as the greedy badger was for us.

He said:
"As good as Van Persie? Of course he can, that’s how good Higuain is. You remember when Van Persie arrived he was not exactly, immediately, the best player, it took a bit of time. But he was younger - Higuain is much more experienced."
Personally I'm very excited about the possibility of Higuain joining. I'll certainly popping the bubbly open when he does finally put pen to paper on a deal with Arsenal.

Meanwhile, it's being reported everywhere that Arsenal have had a £6m bid rejected for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, 22.

And finally the Daily Star are going all doom and gloom on our transfer targets - Rooney and Higuain - by saying we "fear" being "blown out of the water in [our] bids" for both players. As Arsenal fans we are well aware we are not the biggest fish in the pond. We know we cannot compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United when it comes to paying wages.

But there appears to be absolutely no foundation to this story. They believe bids from Juventus and SPURS have prevented us from signing Higuain. RUBBISH.  And as for Rooney, we know Chelsea are our main rivals and if he decided to go there we wouldn't be able to match their offer financially.

Anyway, I don't like negativity when there is no foundation to it.

So we'll end with the possibility that we're sniffing around yet another Barcelona youth player... this time Paraguayan kid Antonio Sanabria, as reported in The People yesterday.

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

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