Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lodged bids for Lille’s Eden Hazard, Rennes’ Yann M’Vila and Everton’s Phil Jagielka, as he attempts to bring in significant reinforcements before the close of the transfer window, according to mirrorfootball.co.uk.
The Frenchman is ready to splash the cash to bring proven quality to the Emirates Stadium, to cover high profile departures and strengthen the Gunners’ weak defence.
The sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and likely departure of Samir Nasri to Manchester City ensures Wenger should now possess the funds to conclude all three deals, although negotiations will have to be swift with the transfer window set to close at the end of the month.
Gunners fans have so far been frustrated with their manager’s inability or unwillingness to act decisively in the transfer market this summer, with Lille forward Gervinho the only arrival yet of proven quality.
But after a poor start to the league campaign and Champions League qualification still hanging in the balance, Wenger now appears ready to splash the cash in order to save his side’s season.
France international M’Vila is seen as a tough midfielder to provide physical strength alongside Jack Wilshere, although Rennes do not want to sell and have already knocked back one approach.
Hazard has been on Wenger’s hit list for more than two years, but again Lille do not want to sell and have rebuffed numerous approaches.
However, Arsenal are ready to test Lille’s resolve with serious money and go for one of Europe’s top prospects. Arsenal have already signed Gervinho from Lille this summer.
Wenger recognises the need for a centre half—especially after losing Laurent Koscielny to a back injury—and sees Jagielka as his first choice ahead of Gary Cahill.
Arsenal have had bids of £10m and £12m turned down for Jagielka with Everton reluctant to sell, they will want closer to £20m.
Eagerly waiting to see if Wenger gets his players before the 31st of August?