Arsenal FC: Transfer News and Rumors
Over the past few days, there has been a lot of news and reports stating that both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be leaving the Gunners very soon to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. Therefore, I will not be including the news on the roundup until official confirmation.
Despite that, there is, as always, interesting and fascinating transfer news, rumors, speculation and gossip surrounding the Gunners. Without further ado, here is the latest transfer news and rumors involving the Gunners.
Fabregas Transfer Agreed
After years of speculation and rumors on Cesc Fabregas's impending transfer to Barcelona, the saga looks to have finally come to an end, as Arsenal have confirmed an agreement with Barcelona over the transfer of Fabregas, pending a medical. Barcelona state that the fee is worth a total of 34 million pounds; 25.3 million pounds upfront along with 8.7 million pounds in add-ons.
It looks like the transfer saga has finally come to an end, Barcelona have gotten their man for a pathetic amount of money, especially for one of the best players in the world. This is a blow to Arsenal's title chances, but the club must move on and I seriously hope that Wenger is looking for a quality replacement for the talented playmaker.
Fabregas will be missed, but that doesn't mean Arsenal's title chances are over and that's the end of the world. Arsenal must keep their heads up and simply move on, and hopefully Wenger uses the money wisely.
I wish all the best for Fabregas, he's been a great servant to the club and have nothing but appreciation for his efforts.
Arsenal Agree Terms with Joel Campbell
At last, after weeks of speculation and negotiations, Arsenal have officially announced that they agreed terms to sign Joel Campbell from Costa Rican club, Saprissa.
According to Young Guns Blog, the fee is around 930,000 pounds and can increase with add-ons to around 1 million pounds. They also state that Campbell is due to arrive on Sunday to complete the transfer.
I'm absolutely delighted that the Gunners have signed Campbell and especially with that low fee, which I believe is an absolute bargain. Hopefully, he'll get his work permit so we can see him play in the Arsenal shirt next season.
Arsenal Interested in Bryan Ruiz
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are interested in signing Twente star striker Bryan Ruiz. The report states that Twente will only sell him if a team pays out Ruiz's buyout clause, worth around 13.75 million pounds.
From what I've seen of Ruiz, he's a good, versatile player, who is also a good dribbler and has a very good eye for goal. But with so many playing in his position (e.g. Walcott, Gervinho, Arshavin etc.), I don't see the necessity of buying him, especially for that kind of money. I believe that the main focus should be on bringing in a quality defender.
Arsenal in Talks with Jadson
According to many reports, Arsenal have been in talks with Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Brazilian midfielder Jadson as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas. The 27-year-old has made over 170 appearances for Shakhtar, scoring 43 goals. Shakhtar reportedly value him at 12 million pounds.
Jadson is considered a nippy player, who is creative and possesses a very good range of passing as well as having a good eye for goal. Jadson has made 31 assists in his four seasons so far with Shakhtar and is well-known for scoring the winning goal in the Europa League final in 2009, against Werder Bremen. He is a good player, but in my opinion, he's not the best replacement for Fabregas.
I know that there aren't many quality replacements for Fabregas available, but there are much better options. I would've been excited if either of Jadson's two teammates, Willian or Douglas Costa, were linked, because I think that they're better players and are still young and have potential to get even better.
Still if Jadson were to sign, then he'll have my full support.
Arsenal Tracking Milan Vilotic
According to We Are The North Bank, Arsenal are tracking Serbian international central defender Milan Vilotic, who plays for Red Star Belgrade. The report states that a senior scout was sent to watch the 24-year-old in action against Russia and is a highly rated player with just a year left on his contract.
Vilotic is a player who stands at about 6'2" tall. The Red Stare captain is known for his strength, aerial ability and is a very good tackler, as well as being two-footed. He's definitely a prospect and a player to look out for.
Arsenal Interested in Signing Marvin Martin and Andre Ayew
According to France Football, Arsenal are interested in signing Sochaux's playmaker Marvin Martin and Marseille's left-winger Andre Ayew. The report states that Wenger is interested in signing Martin and Ayew as replacements for Fabregas and Nasri respectively. They report that Ayew has a release clause worth around 13 million euros, while Martin is worth around 9 million pounds.
I have always rated both players very highly. Marvin Martin is an excellent player with great vision and passing range and can still improve, aged just 23.
The same goes with Andre Ayew, son of one of Africa's greatest players in Abedi Pele. Much like his father, he's an excellent dribbler, hard-working, can provide excellent crosses and plays with a lot of passion.
I would love to see them both in an Arsenal shirt.
What Do You Think?
What do you think? Are you excited by Joel Campbell joining the Gunners?
Do you think Arsenal should go for Ruiz and Vilotic?
Do you think that Jadson is a suitable Fabregas replacement?
Should Wenger go for Ayew and Martin?
Finally, what are your thoughts on Fabregas's departure?
Please share your thoughts and opinions.
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