Arsenal have signalled their intent, with a late window spending-spree in sight after launching bids for Yohan Cabaye, Atsuto Uchida and Geoffrey Kondogbia, reports Goal.com.
The Gunners had their £10 million bid for French midfielder Cabaye rejected on Monday, who in turn was dropped from the Newcastle squad for Monday’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Alan Pardew slammed the bid, labelling the bid as “disrespectful.” He was angered by the timing of the bid, which was during the side’s preparation for their Premier League opener at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Cabaye was subsequently dropped from the squad, forcing him to return home en route.
According to the latest rumours, the Gunners are awaiting a response from Die Knappen over their €7 million bid for Schalke’s right-back Uchida.
Their enquiry over Kondogbia was met with harsh words from Sevilla’s president Jose Maria del Nido, labelling a potential move an “attack” but admitted to a €20 million buy-out clause within the French international’s contract.
Sevilla only bought him for €3 million 12 months ago from Lens, so if Kondogbia’s clause was triggered this would still represent a tidy profit for Los Rojiblancos. However, being this late in the transfer window, it remains to be seen whether del Nido could bring in a suitable replacement.
Kondogbia offers a similar versatility to Gustavo, who recently snubbed the Gunners to move to Wolfsburg. He can fill in at centre-back and at left back if need be - two key areas which the Gunners are lacking depth in, through injury and Wenger’s inactivity in the transfer window.
With the squad left threadbare with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being the latest first team player to succumb to injury after Arsenal’s opening day home defeat to Aston Villa, Wenger is seemingly taking decisive action in attempting to reinforce his squad.
However, this could be one of Wenger’s typical ploys, a lot of talk but no action. These players would be quality additions to Wenger’s squad, providing useful and healthy competition to the current players. However, we can only wait and see if Wenger follows through in these moves.
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