Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Falling Behind in Cahill and Mata Sweepstakes
Failing to acquire Gary Cahill or Juan Mata earlier in the transfer window might come back to bite the Gunners as more teams join the discussions. Arsenal has been linked to each of the players for an extended period, but haven't been able to complete the moves.
According to Goal.com, Valencia recently declined a £22 million from Chelsea for Mata. The 23-year-old striker has shown the ability to be both a playmaker and a goal scorer during his time with Los Che and would help cure Arsenal's offensive woes.
Chelsea is not the only club to join the bidding other the past few days as Italian powerhouse Internazionale has been speculated to have interest with the possible departures of Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the media last week that he was giving up the chase for Mata after another rejected offer, but the speculation has continued. His creativity would be a pleasant addition to a side that lacks consistency on the attack.
Cahill has been near the top of Wenger's wish list for awhile to fill the void in the center of defense. The Sun has reported that Liverpool are close to completing a deal for the 25-year-old defender, which would be another big disappointment for the Gunners.
Wenger should have more than £60 million available after the transfers of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas to Manchester City and Barcelona, respectively. The manager has said he would be willing to spend more than two-thirds of that cash if the right players were available.
With the transfer market ending in less than two weeks and the options beginning to dwindle, it doesn't seem like the Gunners will be able to spend anywhere near £40 million. If they miss out on both Cahill and Mata, it would lead to some very unhappy fans.
Cahill is highly regarded for his strength in the box and has slowly become one of the best leaders in the world. His aerial skills are among the best in the Premier League among central defenders and would be a welcome upgrade at Emirates.
The money is there, where are the signings? With 13 days to go until the market closes, time is now the enemy of Arsenal's transfer hopes.
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