First things first, apologies for my absence over the past three days. It was an impromptu break (life gets like that sometimes!) but I’m happy to be back and blogging about Arsenal.
Surprisingly there’s been quite a bit going on lately with most of it revolving around Fiorentina’s Felipe Melo. When last I spoke to you the Brazilian had signed a new contract which put a rather hefty £20 million exit clause in place and appeared to confirm his future with the Italian club.
Since then, however, things have changed. Not only did Fiorentina officially admit that Arsenal are interested in Melo and are in fact the only club to have come close to the clause price, but they’ve also revealed that they are looking to obtain Emmanuel Eboue as part of a swap plus money deal. This all happened over the weekend and understandably had the blogs and websites in something of a tizzy, whatever the heck that means.
Interestingly the latest comment from Melo is that he is more than happy to stay at Fiorentina if he’s wanted, but would be equally happy to go if the club chose to sell him. In his own words he said:
“My intention is to return to Florence the moment my summer holiday is over. I had been promised that if I had a good season my contract would be renewed. Fiorentina kept their word and this made me both happy and proud. I am very happy in Florence. I can say that only God knows what my future holds if the club decides to sell me elsewhere.”
I have to say that, personally, I find his final comment quite exciting. While it’s clear that he’s happy at Fiorentina I also think it’s telling that he is putting his future in the hands of the club who are seriously consider selling him if another club is willing to pay his buyout clause. Indeed, the fact that Arsenal have obviously bid something very close to the clause figure and Fiorentina are willing to negotiate for Eboue shows that there is a genuine chance that we will sign him.
Of course, the club might not want to release Eboue or pay the price that Fiorentina want it does nevertheless indicate that we are in the market for a new defensive midfielder. And that, my friends, is a very encouraging sign.
Aside from the Melo stuff there’s been some more “will he, won’t he?” speculation surrounding Emmanuel Adebayor and an apparent admission from Arsene Wenger that Maroune Chamakh is a target in the even that the Togolese striker. However, there is something about the way that these comments from Wenger have been written that suggest to me the Chamakh interest may be fabricated. Perhaps it’s the fact that Wenger never actually mentions his name, heh heh.
Finally today is the news that both Kieran Gibbs (officially) and Robin van Persie (reportedly) have signed new deals. I don’t think anyone would argue that it’s very, very good news.
And that’s that. Tune in tomorrow for another Tuesday Guest Post and whatever Arsenal news pops up over the next 24 hours.
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