Saturday, June 21, 2008
Arsenal agree large fee for Adebayor. But kept quiet until replacement signing comes in
By 1970's Gooner
It started sounding like one of those rumours that at first you disregard but later when you read that Barcelona’s hierarchy had flown to London to speak to Arsenal you begin to take it seriously.
Why would Arsenal after all accept to see them if Arsene would have none of it?
“I would give them the answer they deserve” he said a few days ago.
The news coming out of the Spanish press (Marca) is that a fee has already been agreed between the two clubs.
Arsenal requested 30 m euros and Barcelona offered only 25. The final figure is reported to be 27 m euros or around 22m pounds.
The two clubs have agreed to keep the deal under raps. This has been requested by Arsene Wenger so that he has enough time to find a replacement for Adebayor.
This may explain the reported interest in Russian Andrei Arshavin who has yesterday announced to his club Zenit that he wishes to leave.
Arsenal have been linked with the player last December and also recently when Wenger had met with Zenit’s coach Dick Advocaat on the fringes of Euro 2008.
If Adebayor’s departure does actually happen then Wenger has indeed to act pretty fast to find a replacement.
This is so as to placate not only the fans but also other important players in the squad like Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie.
They would be concerned at the possible break up of the team and the prospect of another trophy less season.
Arshavin would indeed be a significant signing for Wenger. Not only is he an exceptional player he would also provide more selection alternatives.
Robin Van Persie would be moved in the central striker’s role and Arshavin as well as new boy Nasri along with Eduardo and Rosicky would be the players Wenger could choose from to place around him in either a 4 3 3 or a 4 4 2 formation.
No wonder Wenger is interested in Arshavin