Hello again. I hope you’re well this fine Wednesday. The weather is beautiful in Brisbane and I’m looking forward to a couple of relaxing red wines this afternoon to complete what has so far been a very nice day.
Yesterday’s post was all about likely signing Thomas Vermaelen and todays is focused on a few of the other serious transfer targets that have been bandied about in the past week or so. According to ‘She Wore A Yellow Ribbon’ we’ve been linked with 35 players already and today I’ve listed some of the more prominent options in the hope of providing some clarification to the supporters about who are likely signings and who are simply not.
If a player is not listed it’s because I believe there’s absolutely no chance they will join or they’re yet to be linked.
This one looks a dead certainty. The Belgian defender and captain of Ajax has admitted that he is in the process of organising a move and although it’s yet to be officially announced by Arsenal, Robin van Persie’s comments that he ‘must be good’ point to a very likely signing. For further detailed information on Vermaelen check out this interview with a life-long Ajax fan.
This rumour has gained momentum since Toure’s agent gave Barcelona a serving about not valuing Kolo’s brother. However, most news sources seemed to have ignored his agent’s comments from the same interview stating that “he will not go to Arsenal because he has better offers”. It’s case closed as far as I’m concerned.
There seems to be an assumption that AC Milan’s sale of Kaka will open the door for the Italian club to take Emmanuel Adebayor off our hands and pave the way for Arsenal to bring in Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko. But that notion seems to ignore the fact that Milan are yet to make a bid for Adebayor and Dzeko has admitted that the Italians have been his “favourite” club since he was a little boy. As much as I rate Dzeko as an extremely promising prospect the truth is that a move for him would be dependent on Adebayor heading to Italy and even then, Wenger might not see the need to replace him with the multitude of striking options at his disposal. I just can’t see this one happening and I wouldn’t actually be surprised to see Adebayor and Dzeko leading the line for Milan next season.
This one is interesting if only because things are completely up in the air. Zapata himself has admitted that Arsenal have shown interest while the Colombian’s agent has confirmed that he and the 22-year-old are currently weighing up their options. The inevitable signing of Vermaelen may pour cold water on this speculation but the possible sale of William Gallas or Kolo Toure may heat things up again. Personally I see Zapata as a bit of a dark horse and wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the squad for next season. Watch this space.
There’s a little of speculation floating around that Richards might join Arsenal from Manchester City with Kolo Toure going the other way. However, I’ve not seen any firm comments to suggest this is the case and unless things develop further I don’t see the point in speculating this rumour.
And that’s about that. Let me know what you think and I’ll speak to you soon.
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