Morning everyone. Nothing quite like a summer without a world cup. So unless something serious starts happening, the posts are going to be thin on the ground. This morning is just more regurgitation of what went on yesterday. The Metro reckon Arsenal are ‘increasingly confident’ of landing Nani for a small fee of £8m. He’d want £120k a week for the move. A salary both Monaco and Juve would also be able to cover. I’m not sure if this story has any basis to it, but as I said yesterday, if Gervinho is leaving us, it makes logical sense that we sign a winger who can striker a ball and run in a straight line without losing balance.
Marca are keeping the Higuain stories going, claiming Arsenal have tabled a £25m bid for the stars services. Apparently Madrid want to spark some sort of bidding war, so they’re biding their time over making a decision. We’ve been here before when trying to sell players, so we can’t moan. We need to get the ball rolling somewhere this summer… we can’t let deals hangover us then lose out at the last minute. If Fellaini has a buyout clause, there really shouldn’t be any reason that deal is held up…
On the exit front, there are rumours that Barca are eyeing up Koscielny for a whopping £12.7m. I’d say that fee is ridiculously low… but Barca always seem to get players at really low prices. So I wouldn’t rule it out. Amusing that we’re struggling to keep hold of players like Laurent now. I did wonder if the way he was bombed out of the squad early last season would come back to bite us in the back side. He was pushed out of the side because we made our third best defender captain. It all worked out in the end, but I wonder if like with Flamini, he might hold a bit of a grudge?
Regardless of hurt feelings, there’s no way we should be entertaining a bid. He’s under contract. We need to see some of his best years. We’re not a feeder club to Barcelona & co.
Right, that’s it from me. Have a good one!