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