Arsenal Target Double-Signing But Penny-Pinching Means Record Deal Looks Dead
Arsenal are confident of signing Julio Cesar and Gonzalo Higuain next week but the clubs penny-pinching is likely to see them miss out on Fellaini and Williams
With the summer transfer window set to 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, Arsenal look to sign two fresh faces next week but could miss out on two other top targets.
Arsenal are confident of completing the signings of Julio Cesar and Gonzalo Higuain next week but the clubs penny-pinching is likely to see them miss out on Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Williams, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners have been tipped to sign a new goalkeeper this summer with boss Arsene Wenger understood to want an experienced head to push Wojciech Szczesny for the first team jersey next season and it appears the man he’s identified is Brazilian stopper Cesar.
The 33-year-old is expected to leave Loftus Road this summer following Queens Park Rangers relegation and the Mail claim Arsenal have already opened talks with the players’ representatives over a potential £2m move to the Emirates and hope to complete the deal next week when he returns from his duties at the Confederations Cup. Roma are also understood to be interested but Cesar is believed to favour a move to Arsenal as his family are settled in London.
The report suggests Arsenal will look also to complete a double swoop next week by finalising the £22m signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, with new boss Carlo Ancelotti said to have finally sanctioned the transfer after weeks of negotiations.
While the double signing of Cesar and Higuain will be welcomed by many Arsenal fans, they may be disappointed to hear that the club’s frugal approach could see us miss out on two further signings with the Mail claiming Wenger is unwilling to meet the required transfer fees for both Ashley Williams and Marouane Fellaini.
The newspaper suggests Swansea are refusing to do business for Williams for anything less than £10m and we’re not prepared to pay that much for a player approaching his 29th birthday. Similarly with Fellaini, Everton are believed to be holding out for Fellaini’s full £24m release clause – which would be a record purchase, surpassing the reported £22m we’ll pay for Higuain – and it’s reported that we’re not willing to match that fee and pay the players £100,000-a-week wage demands.
The report goes on to say that Fellaini’s advisers have now made it clear that he’s prepared to spend another season at Goodison Park if it means getting the deal he wants next summer.
It’s been a frustrating few weeks filled with speculation but little action from Arsenal, so if we can finally land Cesar and Higuain next week I’ll be delighted. I do agree with the club that it’s not worth spending £10m on Williams but I’d certainly push the boat out to land Fellaini. The Belgian would be an excellent addition.
Just imagine how much stronger our starting eleven would be with Cesar, Fellaini and Higuain in it?! Let’s see what next week brings but it looks like we could be set to see some new arrivals at the Emirates.
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