So far this transfer season, all talk of Arsenal's prospective transfer deals have been dismal, bleak, and depressing, with the overall consensus seeming to revolve around one simple idea: the Gunners are screwed.
But that could all be about to change.
As Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy continue to be linked to transfers out of North London, the biggest story still remains Cesc Fabregas' clear desire to move to Spain (and specifically Barcelona). But this has left Arsenal with a dilemma.
There is an inherent problem with playing (and paying) an international star who no longer carries a favorable opinion of the club, but at the same time the Gunners have yet to hear an offer from the Spanish behemoths that satisfy their own estimated value of their captain.
The question has become: Do the Gunners keep Fabregas and risk a deteriorated performance from the Spaniard and the possibility of his presence causing more drama than on-field production? Or do they sell him off for significantly less than they feel he's worth, risking an overall lack of funds to repair the damage they seem likely to endure in the coming months?
Enter Real Madrid. The other Spanish behemoth and venomous rivals of Barcelona are now reportedly set to orchestrate a 45 million pound offer for the Gunners captain, which is about 10 million pounds more than what Barcelona were said to have on the table.
And now we wait and see how much Barcelona really wants to acquire Fabregas this transfer season.
While Barcelona have been undercutting Arsenal's asking price for the Spaniard, some have speculated that this is mostly because of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger's insistence that he does not intend to bolster the rosters of any Premier League competitors over the summer. When Barcelona were the most credible non-English option, they could undercut all they wanted for a player that Arsenal seemingly had little choice but to sell.
But thanks to Madrid, that is no longer the case. Barcelona will have to match or beat the price offered by their La Liga rivals, or face Fabregas on the field in league play. Either way, it works out just fine for Arsenal.
In the past, Wenger has proven himself to be a master of the transfer market, though he has admittedly brought some fears to Gunners fans so far this year. Still, a man with his expertise can make a lot of things happen with an extra 10 million pounds, perhaps even enough to neutralize the predicted losses of so many from his starting roster.
Whether Arsenal can save face this summer is yet to be seen, with so many rumors still circulating around the club, and so many hopeless sighs escaping the mouths of their fans. But, if Madrid wind up backing their claims up with some cash, then they will certainly have given Wenger a few more options to work with.