TRANSFER NEWS: £15m Defender In, Striker Out?

By on May 7, 2011

Phil Jagielka Phil Jagielka of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at  Goodison Park on April 16, 2011 in Liverpool, England.The latest transfer rumours surrounding Arsenal are Wenger’s attempts to bring Phil Jagielka to the Emirates to add some experience and solidity to his defence which has long been called for at Arsenal. The other suggested move in the papers is with Arsenal’s Danish striker, Nicklas Bendtner, who Mark Hughes will apparently attempt to bring to Fulham this summer.

Phil Jagielka is a player who Arsenal have been linked to for a while. There were reports last summer that Arsenal had made several bids for the 28 year-old Everton defender, one of which was £15 million. Wenger has maintained his interest in the former Sheffield United defender, and some sources suggest there has even been a new bid offered by Arsenal.

Arsenal have missed their rock at the back this season, Thomas Vermaelen, through injury and Wenger understands that depth and experience are key to success in a long, hard season, it is just a question of how much money he would be willing to spend, which has often been problematic, as he tends to avoid big money transfers in the fear of putting Arsenal in a difficult financial situation.

An Everton source said: “We have had major interest in Jagielka ahead of the next transfer window. But it will take a huge offer for the club to let him leave.” No doubt it would take a big offer because Jagielka only signed a new 4 year deal with Everton in March of this year.

Meanwhile, the Mail reports that Bendtner wants to find a team who will offer him first team football, and with Fulham reportedly seeking two strikers to add to their squad in the summer, it looks a good match for both parties. Fulham had a £5 million bid for the 23 year-old turned down in January of this year, with Arsenal looking for Fulham to match their £6.5 million valuation of the striker who has scored 2 League goals in 15 games this season.

Bendtner, who spent a season on loan at Birmingham in the past, is apparently “open to offers”, with Everton and Blackburn also interested in his signature, though it seems highly unlikely that a confident player with his ambition would want to transfer to sides battling relegation.

Tell me what you think!

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12 Comments

  1. trick

    May 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Would you kindly point out how Fulham or Everton can possibly be described as sides battling relegation? Have a look at the league table

  2. maggy

    May 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    yes you are right, but I think he meant Blackburn. And with those three choices in England Fulham seems like the most likely contender for he’s signature. Fulham are also in London so he would not most likely need to move from where he live to date. Fulham are also perhaps palying in the Europa League next season because of the fair play table and all. This is just my 2 cents though. There are other big European clubs interested in him.

  3. realistic tony

    May 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I hope Wenger pays the money for Jags, a player like him could make a massive difference to our fortunes next season. When you analyse the points dropped through goals from set pieces and general poor defending particularly at the end of games, then theoretically a quality centre-back may have won us the league and more.

  4. nicky

    May 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I have to say that bearing in mind Arsenal’s striking force, the signing of Jagielka would be of greater value to the Club than keeping Bendtner who, I feel, has had his day.

  5. dredd

    May 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    theoretically it is all bullshit as Jag is not better than the defenders we already have.. except maybe squillaci… If you’re looking for british… cahill is probably the only possibility. Personally i’d go for Sahko for his leadership, power, ability in the air.. But more than that… all we really need to do is play Verm in def with Djourou or Kos.. and bring Bartley in slowly… and we’d be set for quite a few years…

  6. Nigeriagunner

    May 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I dont think jagielka is the best for our team. He is 5.11’… Dont care äbout his leap. Tv5 has got leap and taller too. He’s prone to injuries… Arsenal has got many injury prone and doesnt need one more. Remember, injuries helped our failure this season. If AV want english cb then cahil is ideal… Strenght, height and not injury prone. For me, i will prefare vertoghen (who can play left back and DM aswell) and subotic or sakho. Then get Benzima or falcao, hands down!

  7. Nigeriagunner

    May 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Arsenal needs CBs that are 6 2′ atleast and above, period!

  8. Gooner

    May 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Isn’t Cahill better than Jags? And isn’t Bendtner worth over £10m? Bayern would surely pay that.

    Still not sure if Cahill or Jags is the answer.

  9. Topper b

    May 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

    What Arsenal need is a heart and team spirit which money can’t buy. You moan when teams put in a decent tackle (I’m not talking leg breaking either) when football is supposed to be a physical game and do not have any inspiration in the team when things get tough. Too many girls, not enough men!

  10. bb37

    May 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Everton ‘battling for relegation’ get your facts right before you start writing your drivel.

  11. dollar bill

    May 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    cahill or chellieni….milito, eto’or benzema, inler or odewinge, fulham goalstopper..nuff said..

  12. andy

    May 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Go get Kenwyn Jones, getting better as a striker and as for set pieces you find someone better at dealind with them. Very commanding when defending and hes getting better all the time at Stoke. We have good defenders so this would not stop their progression.

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