The Premier League season is not quite over and yet the Arsenal transfer rumours have started already. Of course 95% of the stuff we hear or read about will be totally wrong or completely made up but football fans crave new signings and sometimes the transfer rumours are more fun than the football itself. For Arsenal much will of course depend of the outcome of their final league match against West Brom at the Hawthorns and Arsenal fans should currently concern themselves with the less than impressive recent record their team has there, as only a win will guarantee Champions League football next season and that would make a difference in the quality of players that Arsenal can recruit.
The arrival of Lukas Podolski has been confirmed by all parties involved although like any other transfer will not be 100% official until the 1st of July. For Arsene Wenger signing a player before the season is even over may represent a new strategy in the transfer market after the debacle of last summer and it seems he wants all business done before the European Championships start in June, this includes the biggest deal Arsenal will do this summer, getting Captain Robin Van Persie to sign a new deal.
Some of the early transfer rumours involving Arsenal include out of contract players such as Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett and the Juventus legend Allesandro Del Piero. I can see Wenger going after Hoilett and expected it might happen even if Blackburn had not been relegated but I don’ t see how Arsenal would use Del Piero although with Bentdner, Chamakh and Park all possibly heading for the exit replacements in this area will be required and Wenger loves a bargain or better still a free-be.
Ajax defender and former team mate of Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen Has also been strongly rumoured but Johan Djourou signed a new 5 year deal recently and with Laurent Koscielny having an impressive season I’m not sure a centre back is high on Wenger’s radar. Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has been mentioned to compete with Szczesny in the Arsenal goal but again I doubt this unless Fabianski is on his way out.
On to the big one then and that’s Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila. Early reports of the deal being 99% done have since been met with conflicting reports. Firstly depending on were you read it the fee seems to range between £15 million to £22 million with the fee of £17.75m being the most used figure. Personal terms were thought to have been agreed with the player getting £60,000 a week but now that appears not to be the case and the other supposed stumbling block is Arsenal’s participation in next years Champions League but M’Vila was stated to have said that this is not essential it could come into play if other clubs come calling. A report in the London Evening Standard claimed that the story that Arsenal had all but tied up the deal were thought to have been fabricated by the players agent in an attempt to get another suitor Inter Milan to enter the bidding. I get the feeling that this one could drag on a bit longer and if the player’s agent is after more money then an impressive set of performances at the forthcoming Euro’s would surely push the price up even further.
Another possible Arsenal target and a player I would personally love Arsenal to sign is Lille starlet Eden Hazard. The price for Hazard appears to be around the £30 million mark and could even go higher but the main stumbling block could be his wages as apparently even money bags Manchester City have baulked at his wage demands, which would certainly push Arsenal out of the equation. Despite this Hazard was in attendance at the recent Manchester derby and it seems to be a straight fight between the two Manchester clubs although I would be surprised if one of the two Spanish giants didn’t enter the mix but as it stands Hazard to Arsenal is a long shot at best and Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda could be a more realistic option.