Arsenal Transfer News: Attacker Confirms Gunners Bid | Keeper Move Announced

By on July 3, 2013

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest Arsenal transfer rumours. Today, Clement Grenier claims Arsenal have had a bid rejected for him while Vito Mannone has joined Sunderland.

Grenier claims bid rejected

First up and the Express carry quoted from French midfielder Clement Grenier, who has revealed that Arsenal have tabled a bid for his services this summer but it was rejected by his current club Lyon.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of French footballers brightest stars after an excellent season in Ligue 1 last campaign, and he’s been linked with a move to north London ever since boss Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest in the attacker last month.

‘We are following him. His intelligence of play pleases me. He has interesting qualities. He reminds me of (Samir) Nasri.’ Wenger said last month

According to the midfielder, Wenger followed up his interest with a bid but it was knocked back by Lyon who are still hopeful of getting the midfielder to sign a contract extension – with his current deal running out in 12 months time.

Grenier admitted that it’s flattering for Arsenal to show an interest in him but he insists he’s yet to decide on his future.

“Today I cannot say if I will extend my contract,”

“I know Lyon have rejected an offer from Arsenal. Of course it’s flattering that clubs are interested in me.”

“It’s hard for me to talk about my future now because I’m not yet certain of it. I prefer to wait to be 100% sure of what is going to happen before I do it.

“I do not know where my future lies. I’m not 100 per cent sure of what I want to do. I look forward to this meeting to be certain.” Grenier is quoted as saying in the Express.

The newspaper suggests Arsenal’s bid was £6m with a 25% sell-on clause included, but it remains to be seen whether the we’ll be able to persuade Lyon to cash-in this summer if he refuses to sign a new deal. It would make sense for them to sell rather than lose him for nothing next year but we’ll have to wait and see how it develops.

Mannone joins Sunderland

Next and Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper Vito Mannone has left the club to join Premier League outfit Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has struggled to establish himself at the Emirates since joining from Atalanta in 2005, only managing 23 first team appearances during his eight-year stay.

Interestingly, 13 of those appearances came last season as Wojceich Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski struggled for form and fitness, but the Italian failed to do enough to convince boss Arsene Wenger that he deserved a regular run in the side and his move to the Stadium of Light has been confirmed today.

While he’s shown glimpses of what he’s capable of at times, Mannone will mostly be remembered for his embarrassing mistake in the away game against Olympikos in December 2012, when his air kick allowed a tame long-range effort from David Fuster to find the back of the net and set the Greeks up for a 3-1 win. His confidence never returned after that gaff but hopefully he can prosper lower down the league at Sunderland.

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Would Arsenal fans like to see Grenier sign for the club this summer? Are you sad to see Mannone go? Get involved in the comments section below.

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19 Comments

  1. Moses Watasa

    July 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Wenger is typically dragging his feet in the transfer market again – it’s like the money at Arsenal belongs to him.But someone should tell this little man that his competitor for fourth position in EPL (Spurs) have just signed Paulinho (a Brazillian star of confeds cup). If Bale remains at Spurs next season, Wenger will finally be stripped “naked”!!

  2. Allen

    July 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Arsene wenger and the boards are wayward people they are only deceiving their self not the fans they are selling players but not buying why can’t the fans stop going to the stadium to watch their game? to know that we no what we are doing. Hisssssssssssss

  3. hammy

    July 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I have said for weeks now that Wenger would not pay big money, even for world stars. he now kids himself i believe,that he can pick up so called up and coming players for buttons. My goodness he is un sackable, ..he knows this so fans can moan as much as they like….the board love him as he doent spend big.

  4. Miko

    July 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    D board nd wenger re stupid, dey re d problem behind arsenal 8yrs trophiless, bcs of money dey will loose Huguain for anoder club. Football is all about spendin big money on good players den u get trophy, but wenger is not ready to spend. Imagin him buyin Sanogo despite all arsenal problem last season, is dat wat we need to win trophy?

  5. Emmanuel Essien

    July 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I can’t believe arsenal are still struggling to sign players when money is available, 1 will wonder if its a curse. If no tangible effort is made 2 secure a world class player i fear arsenal will relegate

  6. gideon

    July 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    i tink d only prblm d club is avin is dat man called wenger nd d board, lt c wat wl finally apen at d end of d transfer window…… Oops

    • deejay1952

      July 4, 2013 at 1:56 am

      illiterate moron

  7. shut-up

    July 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    arsene wenger and the arsenal board are all misers.it’s like they have fallen in love with their money that is why they don’t want to spend. let me assure them that as time goes, the big teams will continue to buy the quality players and by the time arsenal begin to look for players, they will find that the quality players are no more there ending up buying scrubs.

  8. gideon

    July 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    i dnt think d club wl secure d signing of higuian, fellaini talkless signing of wayne rooney…….. If nt bcoz our thought ar nt dsame i would av prefer d fan shoul stp goin 2 d stadium 2 watch dia games…… Oops

  9. Johnmark

    July 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I have said out with number at Arsene wenger and all arsenal board members will die b4 the start of the season. A pig remains a pig, take that pig to the stream and beth the pig it can never change the color of that pig. I mean give that fool Arsene wenger all the money in this world, if will end up spending peanut on 15yrs old players.

  10. Johnmark

    July 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I have said it time without number that Arsene wenger and all arsenal board members will die b4 the start of the season. A pig remains a pig, take that pig to the stream and beth the pig it can never change the color of that pig. I mean give that fool Arsene wenger all the money in this world, he will end up spending peanut on 15yrs old players.

  11. Johnmark

    July 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    The more you spend the more you win

  12. fatherxmas

    July 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I cant believe it that till now arsenal ve not signed a single player,higuen is a good player nd worth the price tag, to me sanogo is for the Bteam. which is not our priority.we need higuen,felliani,benda nd grenier

  13. hodonu jaacob

    July 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    i dont knw eder dey ar cause wenger not to carry trofy, eder is goin to turn d club 2 motherless baby hom. Not is goin is already tun d@club 2 motherless baby hom

  14. ubanwa

    July 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Wenger should stop all dis his fooling to fan

  15. hodonu jaacob

    July 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    arsene wenger is d only prbm d club is facin, e b like say old age is wory d man.

  16. Bergkamp4President

    July 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Does everyone realize that the transfer window really just opened on July 1st. There’s a reason we all are writing BS on blogs and Wenger is a manager. Give it a break already or go be fans of another club.

  17. Bennett

    July 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

    To me Wenger is afool for ever, pls when will d board sell arsenal so it will be 1 man busi, Wenger is disgraceful

  18. Rahimma bangura

    July 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Wenger is one of d most stupid coach in d world. Wenger take arsenal his private properties, hw d man expect d fan to argue 4 arsenal. 8 year without trophy….wenger shameles dog!

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