Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and the Latest News

Barrett HansenAnalyst IIJune 16, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and the Latest News

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal is tackled by Tom Huddlestone of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffi
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    Arsenal are sitting in the lull before the storm—star players Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are still technically with the club, but could be out the door any day.

    The Gunners' image took a hit amongst top tier players with their fourth place finish last season, continuing their stretch of seven consecutive years without a Premier League title.

    However, a fourth place finish still guarantees Champions League play. Even if some plays want out, others like Gary Cahill and Scott Dann would do anything to play for such a storied team and get a crack at the prestigious European tournament.

    Here are 10 transfer rumors that will impact Arsenal's upcoming title run.

Arsenal and Liverpool to Fight over Birmingham's Scott Dann

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    DERBY, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Scott Dann of Birmingham City in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Derby County and Birmingham City at the County Ground on July 31, 2010 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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    According to the Telegraph, Arsenal has targeted Birmingham defender Scott Dann, currently valued at £10m. They will have to fight with Liverpool to earn his signature. 

    Both Kenny Dalglish and Arsene Wenger believe that Dann, aged only 24, is a great value for his fee and will be vying for his services.

    Dann desires to play for a Champions League team, which would favor Arsenal's chances. But he grew up in Liverpool and will presumably sign with his childhood team. 

Confirmed: Gervinho to Arsenal for £10m

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20:  Gervinho of Ivory Coast in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Brazil and Ivory Coast at Soccer City Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/
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    Arsenal has reportedly won the race for Lille striker Gervinho, fending off both Liverpool and Newcastle.

    The 24-year-old Ivory Coast product scored 14 league goals for the French champions last season and drew lots of interest from other French clubs like Paris St Germain.

    But Gervinho clearly wanted to play in the more competitive EPL and Lille wanted to avoid selling him inside their league.

Tottenham and Arsenal to Bid for Blackburn's Christopher Samba

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Chris Samba of Blackburn clears the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood park on May 14, 2011 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
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    Arsenal has reportedly submitted an £8m offer for Blackburn defender Christopher Samba, but that may have to go up as Harry Redknapp of Tottenham has also expressed interest.

    It will take a lot for Arsenal to prise Samba from Blackburn. As seen with Phil Jones, the new ownership has no interest in selling their top players unless they simply cannot refuse the price.

    The loss of Jones will make Samba that much more difficult to acquire, as Blackburn won't want to thoroughly gut their squad without proper compensation.   

    Samba would be a great fit on an Arsenal squad that desperately needs defensive help, especially in the center. Arsene Wenger will assuredly bid as much as it takes after watching Jones head to rival Manchester United and assuming that Scott Dann will choose Liverpool. 

    The presence of another club surely complicates matters, but Samba is known to be interested in playing in Champions League and would with all likelihood sign with Arsenal over Tottenham.

Arsenal Winning Race for Gary Cahill

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between  Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium on May 22, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    Arsenal have emerged as favorites over Manchester City to land Gary Cahill.

    Wenger is also pursuing Blackburn's Chistopher Samba, but Cahill would be a much easier acquisition—Bolton are prepared to sell Cahill at any time for the £17 million release clause in his contract.

    Man City suffered a setback when Dedyrck Boyata decided he did not want to go to to Bolton as the makeweight in the offer they proposed.

    That Arsenal is willing to pay the whole transfer fee in cash is very appealing to the Rovers, who are very strapped for cash at the moment.

Seb Larsson Possibly Returning to London

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Seb Larsson of Birmingham City celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrew's on May 1, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Ian Walto
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    Speaking to Swedish media, Seb Larsson has stated that Arsenal “have shown some interest” in bringing back the 26-year old midfielder.

    The Gunners sold Larsson to Birmingham City in 2007 for a mere £1m transfer fee, but the Swede has taken advantage of a starting gig for the Blues and has improved his game. 

    Larsson is leaving Birmingham City this summer as his contract has expired, so he would arrive to Arsenal via free transfer.

    Larsson's chances of starting are slim, but he would be a welcome addition on the bench as a sub and possible spot starter in case of injuries. 

Gael Clichy to Leave, Destination Possibly Liverpool

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Gael Clichy of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    Monday morning, Arsene Wenger stated that he expects to keep both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri next year, but tellingly made no mention of Gael Clichy's status.

    Since, the London Evening Standard has reported that Clichy has and will continue to refuse to sign a new contract with Arsenal after his eight year tenure in North London.

    Wenger is attempting to move the 25-year-old Frenchman out of the Premier League and has received interest from Inter Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich and AS Roma. 

    Unfortunately, Clichy has made his home in England and has no desire to leave. He appears interested in Liverpool, who have offered £5m to acquire him.

    Wenger would be best served to hold off on a Clichy transfer until he can secure a replacement, which would lessen the blow of a sale to Liverpool if that becomes the sole possibility.

Jose Enrique to Replace Clichy

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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Newcastle player Jose Enrique in action during the Barclays Premier League game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on May 22, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu For
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    Just when all signs were pointing that Jose Enrique would be headed to Liverpool, the Reds made a £5m bid for Arsenal's Gael Clichy, completely abandoning their pursuit of the Spanish back.

    Newcastle is still holding out hope for their defender, but Enrique has so far expressed no interest in re-signing with his former team.  

    Wenger could very well turn this situation to his advantage. With Clichy adamantly demanding a move to another English team, Arsenal could very well simply replace him with Enrique, another back with extensive Premier League experience.

    Arsenal may also save some money as Enrique's transfer fee will definitely be less without Liverpool's interest driving up the price. 

Arsenal Approaching Shakhtar Donetsk for Willian

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    KHARKIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 25:  Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk in action during the Russian Premier League match between Metalist Kharkiv and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium  on September 25, 2010 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.   (Photo by EuroFootball/Gett
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    Arsenal have reportedly offered Shakhtar Donetsk a £12m bid plus midfielder Denilson in a part-exchange for the 23-year-old Willian.  

    Willian has been a key piece on Shakhtar's squad that has won the Ukrainian Premier League two years running and five of the last seven years.

    Last year, he led the team to a quarterfinal Champions League appearance, defeating AS Roma in the round of 16. Shakhtar eventually lost to Arsenal, but not before taking a leg 2-1.

    Willian primarily plays attacking midfielder, predominantly on the left side, and would be a logical replacement for Samir Nasri should the Frenchmen refuse to sign with Arsenal. 

    It would be terrific to acquire the dynamic Brazilian and get rid of Denilson in one fell swoop.

Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona Could Mean David Villa to EPL

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  David Villa of FC Barcelona poses with te trophy after victory in the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths
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    It is well-known Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is at the top of Barcelona's wish list this summer. It is also known that Barcelona has only £40m to spend on transfers year.

    So Barca is going to have to get creative if they really want to bring Fabregas back to Camp Nou. One potential option is to sell star forward David Villa to free up some cash.

    Chelsea and Man City have announced that they will target Villa should he become available.

    Losing Fabregas would be a huge blow to the Gunners, but watching one of the most dangerous strikers in the world sign with a rival on top of that would be devastating to Arsenal. 

    Holding on to Fabregas becomes even more important when it also means keeping Villa away from an EPL rival.

Bayern Munich, Man United Officially in Samir Nasri Sweepstakes

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Samir Nasri of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium on April 24, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Bayern Munich has entered the Samir Nasri sweepstakes and are ready to take on Man United, Man City and Chelsea for the rights to the French midfielder.

    Reportedly the fourth richest club in the world now, Bayern Munich has £200m to spend this summer and want Nasri to play with and eventually replace 28 year old Franck Ribéry. 

    Wesley Sneijder's £250,000-a-week wage demands have placed the Inter midfielder out of Man United's budget, making Nasri their primary target.

    The Red Devil's interest in Nasri is no longer considered simply a ploy by the midfielder to eke out every last pound from Arsenal management.

    Arsenal's priority will be to hold on to Nasri, but if that proves impossible Bayern Munich should be considered the favorites as an out-of-league team.