Monday, 12 August 2013

Gustavo set for Arsenal move this week -Third Suarez bid on way?

Morning Gooners.

We're just five days away before the eve of the new Premier League season and it appears that Arsene Wenger could be set to finally dust off the cheque book and sign a player who would add quality and depth in our squad.

It seems mad that we've got this close to our opening game with Aston Villa without spending a penny in the transfer market. We've moved on all the high earning players who were not making a contribution to the first team last season - bar Nicklas Bendtner - but haven't added one body to at least make up the numbers.

The club should be applauded for taking the steps necessary to move these players on, but at the same time it was worrying to see just 17 outfield players training at Members Day on Thursday. Arsene Wenger has finally admitted that his squad is too thin, given that he expect us to play in at least 55 games this season.

And our first major summer signing could be the Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, if a fee of around £14m can be agreed for the 26-year-old Brazil international according to The Guardian.

Gustavo started just 16 Bundesliga games last term, making a further six appearances as a substitute.

Also on the cards is a third bid for Luis Suarez. It looks more and more likely the Uruguayan will not be a part of the Liverpool team this season as the Daily Mirror report he will not make a public apology because he believes the Anfield club have reneged on promises made to him.

While Liverpool owner John W Henry claimed a sale would be "ludicrous", not selling an unhappy player could prove disastrous to moral among players at his players.

Personally I don't believe the Suarez deal is dead, no matter what John W Henry has publicly said. His stance is just posturing. He knows if the two clubs can reach an agreement on the fee, Suarez will be sold.

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

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