Selasa, 12 Julai 2011

Possible new player for Arsenal

Gary Cahill (Bolton). Cost: £17m.  
Arsenal are one of a handful of Premier League clubs to have registered an interest in the powerful centre back and finally signing him, to see off interest from Tottenham and Manchester City, will become a top priority when the Fabregas deal is finally done. Youngster Henri Lansbury could do go the Reebok on loan as part of the deal.

Juan Mata (Valencia). Cost: £20m.  
The pacy winger has been a Liverpool target since Kenny Dalglish's arrival but Arsenal are very confident he would prefer a move to London. Mata's ability to play as a second has sold Arsene Wenger on him and again, he would be a bit of first-day business as soon as Cesc waved goodbye.

Jose Enrique (Newcastle). Cost: £15m.  
Another long-time Liverpool target, but the Anfield club are wary of paying so much for a player who only has one year left on his contract. They believe they can drive Newcastle down, but Wenger could step in and settle matters if he had the Nasri money to spend, recognising that trusting the promising Kieran Gibbs with becoming Clichy's replacement carries an elemt of risk.

Craig Gordon (Sunderland).  Cost: £4m.  
Wenger admires the brittle Black Cats keeper despite the fact that he has been plagued by injury and displaced by the hardly spectacular Simon Mignolet and Kieren Westwood at the Stadium Of Light. A good bet to arrive as pressure for Wojciech Szczesny and won't cost much as he is in the last year of his contract.

Chris Samba (Blackburn).  Cost: £12m.  
Arsenal could and probably should have signed him in January. But though Samba remains receptive to quitting Ewood for the Emirates, he is seen as less of a sure bet than Cahill and Rovers' insistence on getting the full £12m for him as a result of having to pay Hertha Berlin 15% of any transfer fee, means he has slipped down Wenger's wants list.

Stewart Downing (Aston Villa). Cost: £20m.  
The Gunners have been linked with yet another Liverpool target in the last few days. But though Wenger likes the England man, he is understood to be insurance in case the Mata deal collapses. Valencia's World Cup winner remains Arsenal's top priority out wide.

Joey Barton (Newcastle): Cost: £1m.  
Arsenal's interest in the combative Barton seems to have cooled. In the likely absence of Fabregas and Nasri he would add at least add options in midfield but although Barton has mastered his demons, there will naturally be concerns about what his exacting and critical nature would do to the fragile confidence of a young dressing room.

Hugo Rodallega (Wigan). Cost: £10m.  
Was an Arsenal target this time last year but the deal fell apart. Now in the last year of his contract, but Wigan are desperate to keep their cult hero given the almost certain loss of Charles N'Zogbia.

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