21
Jul
13

Wenger Goes For A Brazilian

Arsenal's coach Arsene Wenger R) talks with Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Vice-Chairman Le Hung Dung (L), and Chairman of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group Doan Nguyen Duc (2ndL) prior to a friendly match between the English Premier League team Arsenal and Vietnam's national team at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on July 17, 2013. Arsenal who are on a three-day visit in Hanoi, the second leg of its Asian tour after Indonesia, won 7-1

It was reported a couple of days ago that Arsenal have agreed a deal with Atletico Mineiro worth £21 Million for their Brazilian Starlet Bernard. The story was allegedly broke by an ESPN Brazil reporter. A few untrustworthy sites had picked this up Sulia and caughtoffside.com to start off with. Most of their stories resemble something you would normally scrape of the bottom of your shoe but it seems to have gathered pace within a few other media forums so watch this space?… possibly Don’t think anyone can be too sure when it comes to dithering Arsene and the transfer market. he would be an amazing signing for the club if it was to happen but I have my doubts although he does fit the bill for a typical Wenger signing. He is technically good, quick and young.

Moving on.. Brazilian No.2 Luis Gustavo who has recently been a regular in the current Brazil squad. it is being reported that Wenger is weighing up a bid of £8 Million for the Bayern Defensive Midfielder who can also operate within the back four very effectively. it is claimed in Germany that Gustavo maybe surplus to requirements at the Allianz arena. He was not first choice last season and with the arrival of Thiago Alcantara it would seem Gustavo’s days are numbered at Bayern. Gustavo would be a very good signing for Arsenal as he would give more than adequate cover defensively and the club has been crying out for a solid Defensive Midfield for years.

Last but not least Brazilian No.3 one Julio Cesar, it is reported in the Metro this morning that Wenger has told him he would need to take a pay cut. Baring in mind that he is the Brazilian No.1 and QPR will accept anything in the region of £3 million why all the posturing you may ask… that is what I did. So we have released numerous fringe players so we can compete with the top clubs in respect of wage demands yet we are not willing to even negotiate. This seems preposterous especially when Wenger was quoted last week saying the club can meet Wayne Rooney‘s £250,000 a week demands. Something seems a bit suspicious here. Admittedly this is only reported in the Metro who also claimed Arsenal signed him several weeks back. I personally would like to see Cesar get what he wants he is still a top class keeper and if Wenger is looking for an experienced Goalkeeper to push Szczesny and Fabianski then Cesar is your man he has a wealth of experience. I wish he would really stop stalling over every penny he is willing to spend and just compete.

The transfer window is a big money making period for various media outlets so it does become quite difficult sifting through the rubbish, unfortunately it is just a case of bring patient which is something Arsenal fans have understandably lost in the past few seasons. many phantom bids have been placed in the past not to mention Arsenal agreeing deals only to decide they want to pay less for a player for example Juan MataArsene Wenger is known to continually shift the goalposts on the kind of issues. Only time will tell.

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