Arsenal has cash to burn and now they just need to find somebody who is willing to take it. With only two days until the summer transfer window closes, the pressure is on Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to make some upgrades following their 8-2 loss to Manchester United.
Chelsea are looking to move Brazilian defender Alex and the Gunners are in talks to bring him to Emirates, as reported by The Sun. The Blues are looking to get £10 million for the physical center back, however, Arsenal is said to be offering closer to £7 million.
While negotiation is part of any transfer deal, time is of the essence, and it is surprising to see that Wenger is still trying to buy low. He has more than enough cash to make some moves, but the 15-year boss seems bent on getting an awesome deal before doing anything else.
One of the biggest weaknesses in Arsenal's defense is the lack of an aerial threat. Manchester United repeatedly exposed the Gunners on set pieces and chip plays. As one of the strongest defenders in the air over the past five years, Alex would go a long way in fixing that problem.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle continues to stand firm on Gary Cahill, refusing to accept any offer that he deems “poor,” according to Mirror Football. Rumors surfaced last week that Wenger had offered an unbelievably low £6 million for the center back.
The Trotters continue to seek a £17 million package for their most coveted asset and won't budge on the price. Once again, this would appear like a situation where Wenger should step up, pay the fee and acquire a player in the prime of his career.
Cahill has scored 10 goals over the last two seasons and is smart in his own end, so the price isn't outrageous in any sense. With the deadline approaching, Wenger would be right to acquire either Alex or Cahill, even at premium prices.
It appears the Gunners have dropped out of the race to sign Birmingham defender Scott Dann, based on a report from the Daily Mail. Dann has fallen below Alex and Cahill on Arsenal's wish list and with so little time left in the window, it's unlikely he'll be heading to Emirates.
Wenger made the right decision. While Dann would have been a fine depth addition to the squad, too much would have been expected from him if he was the only transfer. Arsenal need to make a bigger splash in the market.
The one lesson Wenger has learned over the past couple days is that you shouldn't wait until the final days of the window to start exploring all possible options. Now, he is attempting to play catch-up and time has become a major enemy.
Park Chu-Young, a striker for AS Monaco, is set to sign a deal with Arsenal after the two teams agreed to a £3 million fee, according to Goal.com. The 26-year-old South Korean had a choice between Arsenal or Lille, and chose a move to England.
It's unclear how much playing time will be offered to Chu-Young, but he did score 20 goals over the past two seasons in France's Ligue 1. While he has the potential to be a nice under-the-radar signing for Arsenal, he won't be able to fix the many issues in the Gunners' attack by himself.
Wenger has finally completed his first deal in the post Cesc Fabregas-Samir Nasri era, and now fans will be expecting a couple more over the next two days. The bank account is still filled, so there is no excuse for a lack of moves before August 31.
All eyes are on you, Wenger.
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