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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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How excited will you be if we sign Cesar and Higuain? Do you think we should pay whats required to land Fellaini and Williams? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Nazeem

    June 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

    The only reason us Gooners should be angry about is the media fabricating all these stories to make us stick our faces in the phones whole day!!

    I got the part of instead of going for Rooney or Torres we should go for Lewandowski. But have you asked yourself, who wants to join Arsenal Torres or Lewandowski or Rooney.

    They might be similiar in transfer value but that does not mean we can get then. That’s why you have agents, trying to get the best deals for their clients.

    Also I’m pretty sure Wenger has not told anyone outside the club about his proposed transfer dealings, so by claiming that he is not busy with transfer dealings shows how pathetic you are in reality.

    Lastly Wenger deserves the respect of us Gooners. He is the one that raised our ambitions so high. He knows that and is trying to keep it that way.

    People speak about him not spending in the last few years. They forget to add all the debts the club has to pay. In 2004 the club struck a deal with emirates airline and a new deal with nike that was just enought for the debts of the stadium and portion of player wages. So that is the reason Wenger had to sell some of his best players to avoid losing them for nothing the following year.

    Sorry for the long post but this is what pathetic losers drive me to!!

    Now we all by now know that Arsenal have signed a new deal with puma and the emirates arline. It is 30million pounds per year from both. But these deals are only coming in next week while TV revenue will increase by 150% or something

    So where does Arsenal get transfer fees this season? Well its simple. The profits they have made in the past has come to the fore when we needed it most. Arsenal are working clever you know. They know if they spend their profits this season they will get better deals next season. Football is about trophies, but your clubs financial condition takes equal if not more importance.

    Can you imagine Arsenal in the championship for being deducted points?

    I don’t think so!!

    Thanks for reading!!

    Good Day

  2. Nazeem

    June 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Sorry I meant the deals only coming in next year!!

  3. Blessedonyekachi

    June 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    That must be very intersted if we Arsenal, sign gonzalo, cesar, flaini, williams, with them & the players we have, we will not go emty handed next season

  4. William

    July 1, 2013 at 1:23 am

    As well as getting the high quality guys,Arsene needs to look at his tactics.Arsenal play in a similr style to Spain . The brazilians have beaten the Spanish 3-0.
    The Spanish overpassing ,imho,was in away responsible for this. The Brazilianswere more direct.

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