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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Is Melo really coming to Arsenal?

By 1970’s Gooner

I have been enjoying the sun and the beach for the last week or so without really paying too much attention to all the speculation regarding the “impending” transfers that are about to happen at the Emirates.

One such transfer speculation that has excited a large proportion of Arsenal fans judging by the way that some Arsenal related blogs covered the matter is the Filipe Melo saga.

They have been led astray of course by the way the press has distorted a statement made by Fiorentina with regard to the possibility of Melo moving clubs this summer.

What has really prompted this statement is not Arsenal’s bid for the player (and the offer of part exchanging Eboue). It is that Melo has been in advanced negotiations with Juventus which has got the Fiorentina hierarchy all flustered.

They obviously want to agree the transfer fee first and THEN for the player to agree personal terms with his new club. Since it is obviously happening the other way round, with the player set on a move to Juventus, they see their bargaining power being eroded.

Hence the statement from Fiorentina which refered to the get out clause on Melo’s contract setting his price at €25m.

“In case the footballer has already reached an agreement with any club, the release clause fixed with the player himself is 25 million euros. We would not contemplate any exchange, unless it is to the liking of Fiorentina”

Yes Arsenal did put a bid in for Melo but a) they wanted to reduce the cash outlay to €21m by offering Eboue (which is a good move if you ask me) but b) Melo himself, as he has stated before, wants to stay in Italy and has already been negotiating personal terms with Juventus.

As you may already know Melo signed a new contract with Fiorentina only a week or so ago which set the release clause of €25m! This tells you that it was just a move agreed between the player and his club so that Fiorentina could get some extra cash.

In other words the real power lies with the player’s wishes (as always) and not really with Fiorentina.

And Melo is not choosing the Emirates is he?

As I wrote before I am not very optimistic that Wenger will get a new defensive midfielder this season.

This is because there is a tight budget (hence the offer of Eboue in part exchange), the relative unavailability of quality defensive midfielders (at an affordable transfer price and subsequent wages) and also the need to preserve the tremendous improvement that Song in particular has shown last season.

I hope I am wrong as we will need extra cover in this area as the season unfolds.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

fiorentina are the ones who asked for eboue as part of the deal we didn't offer him.

Anonymous said...

WTF!!! Melo will come to arsenal for sure. MARK MY WORDS!!!!!!!!!

If arsenal reach an agreement with fiorentina he will be an arsenal player.

Anonymous said...

Nothing that has happened in the last 24 hours really changes anything. All we have had confirmed is that Arsenal formally bid for Melo at some point - might have been this week, might have been a month ago. It's no suprise that Fiorentina are willing to sell, the new contract was clearly more about ensuring the maximum transfer fee when Melo goes rather than keeping him. As we know, the longer things go on, the higher the fee gets pushed, the less likely we are to sign Melo. I'm not exactly holding my breath on this one...

Anonymous said...

Eboue for only €4m seems like a very low valuation. The €21m figure I've seen quoted everywhere else has been in converting €25m to pounds. Not that it changes the overall gist of the story but good to make sure the correct figures are used as they'll only get quoted elsewhere down the line.

Anonymous said...

You have apparently misunderstood or misread what Melo's current club have stated.

Arsenal made an offer for Melo. It didn't match the valuation that his club have of him, so they, in turn, proposed that the difference between what Arsenal offered and what they want be settled by Arsenal including Eboue as part of the deal.

In other words, Melo's club have expressed an interest in & requested Eboue...Arsenal have not offered to include him as part of the deal, presumably because Arsene wants to keep him.

Spike said...

Haha! You pretty much got it wrong didnt you?

Trying, once again, to come across as having an insight into the clubs dealings, when all you have done is misunderstood a statement from the Fiorentina website!

And as been pointed out, Fiorentina wanted the Eboue swap, not Arsenal and the 21m figure is simply what 25m euros equates to...

Nice try tho...

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Anonymous said...

We'd be retards if we paid €25m for him.

Davi said...

We'd be retards if we paid over £12m for him.
Imo hes not worth much more than 8

Anonymous said...

He must be really good if Wenger is prepared to pays such a huge sum of money for him...

Anonymous said...

Overated! He is really slow. Put him in the Premier League? Didn't even do well in Confederation cup. Gilberto look so much better than him. I hope we get Cana.

Spike said...

WTF???

Why is there an effin ManU advert on the top of this blog???

Jeeez, no class...

Anonymous said...

To Spike
Why dont you f**** off to another blog mate and leave us to enjoy the high quality that this site offers.

Spike said...

anon 9;43pm

Hahaha! That was hilarious man, very funny, like it... "High quality" Brilliant satire!

Anonymous said...

people just l^ve to complain

Anonymous said...

if u dont like shit why stay in the toilet, moveover to another site & stop bitching *sigh*

Anonymous said...

good prediction blogger! You're right afterall. I guess Melo wouldnt be coming to arsenal.

Well, ateast we tried to sign someone.

Anonymous said...

i think wenger could reignite his interest to sign inler. inler desperate to leave udinese now, his price much cheaper but he just as good as melo. so i will not surprise if suddently out of nowhere he is our player.

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