Blackburn skipper Chris Samba has had his head turned by a possible deal with Arsenal, according to The Sun, and Rovers manager Steve Kean has admitted that the transfer speculation may affect his performances.
Samba starred for Blackburn over the last season, and after the club fought off relegation, top clubs have been linked with a possible deal for the 27-year-old.
Arsenal have been continually connected to Samba, with the Gunners hoping to sign a centre-back before the transfer window closes. And Kean says that the rumours surrounding the star could have some kind of effect on him.
"There's been a lot of speculation and that could affect him,” Kean said.
"There's been enquiries but we haven't had any firm bids. It's very important to keep Chris. We have sold Phil Jones and we don't want to lose him."
Arsenal could be waiting until the deal with Cesc Fabregas goes through, with the club needing to shell out £12 million to secure Samba’s signature.
With £14.5 million to come into Arsenal for the sale of Fabregas upfront, Wenger will have no problem finding the money to purchase Samba if he decides to put the Frenchman at the top of his transfer wishlist