Joe Cole's contract negotiations with Chelsea have dented, and now it's all but sure that he will soon be signing for a new club.
Ideally, he would like to move to a club that's competing in the Champions League hence, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur could be the front runners for his signature.
However, Harry Redknapp's recent proclamations suggest that Tottenham have already been pushed aside by a power-house, which could either be Manchester United or Arsenal.
But Sir. Alex Ferguson's camp still remains coy over Cole and the only club that seems to be showing urgency is Arsenal.
Cole will obviously demand wage in the range of £5-5.5 million per year, but Arsenal's stringent, ill-famed wage structure doesn't encourage such outrageous money.
Even if Cole agrees to join Arsenal, it remains to be seen how Wenger and Cole come to terms with a contract that would most likely be for three years.
On the other hand, Cole is a free agent whose market value would be around £15m, so it's not a bad option for Arsenal to mellow down a bit and offer him a grand contract. After all, you don't have to pay the transfer fee.
It appears like Arsene Wenger is adamant on buying Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny at any cost. But Lorient is holding out as long as long they can, but it wouldn't be too long before Arsenal snap him up.
Reportedly, Arsenal's bid of £8.5 million has already been rejected by Lorient. That is some money for a player who had only cost £1.5 million for Lorient a year ago.
His consistent performances hasn't gone unnoticed and now Lorient stand in with a solid claim for a marquee profit. Rumours has it that Wenger is also ready to send Francis Coquelin to Lorient on-loan to soften the deal.
Nonetheless, I don't believe he's worth above £7m. Arsenal should turn their sights on other options if Lorient still repels.
Already, they're gaining a massive profit and a move to Arsenal will be a huge stride forward in the career of Koscielny, so the club should've allowed Koscielny to move when Arsenal offered a pretty attractive transfer fee.
There shouldn't be any censure when a team offers a sum that's on parity with his market value, unlike what Barcelona are doing now.
A player who could easily score beyond £50 million is only worth £30 million in the hypocritical book of Barcelona! How very cheesy and unethical it is!
Arsenal do need more defenders whether or not they sign Koscielny.
What if the player is a young Englishman who's very much available and within the limits of what Arsenal could afford?
Manchester City are all but certain to sign Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng in the next few days. So, Micah Richards would certainly be heading towards the exit door.
The 21-year-old is a highly-rated defender but has his own injury problems, which is the major reason behind his downturn in recent times.
He should be available for close to £10 million. Having already made his desire to play for the club—Arsenal—known, Wenger shouldn't have any difficulty in acquiring him.
Also, the warm relationship with Manchester City would give Arsenal an added advantage if there's a bidding war, which is not going to happen though.
Manchester City, being one of the wealthiest clubs, wouldn't stand firm on an exorbitant fee. So, if Arsenal can move quickly they could secure his services for next season.
Joe Cole and Michah Richards would be great additions to Arsenal but not so sure about Koscielny.
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