Arsenal could be prepared to smash a British transfer record in order to land Cardiff 'stopper David Marshall this summer.
Reports in the media have suggested that the Gunners are set to move for £15 million-rated Scotland international - a potential fee that would eclipse the current British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper - the £9 million Sunderland paid Hearts for Craig Gordon in 2007 - and potentially the fifth highest fee for a goalkeeper in history.
Marshall, 29, was a rare highlight in Cardiff’s disastrous 2013/14 Premier League campaign earning plaudits for his consistency and almost never ending highlight reel of world-class saves. It is widely recognised among Cardiff fans that the club would have been relegated a lot sooner were it not for Marshall’s superb displays between the sticks.
Unsurprisingly, Marshall was named as Cardiff’s player of the year and just missed out on the official Premier League team of year (although he did make the Sky Sports MNF Premier League team of the year at the behest of ex-Liverpool defender turned pundit Jamie Carragher).
Arsenal are said to be in the market for a new goalkeeper, with manager Arsene Wenger seemingly unconvinced by the credentials of Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski having joined Swansea.
There have also been reports of interest in Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, should he become available if Jose Mourinho chooses Thibaut Courtois as his no. 1 next season.
Marshall began his career at Celtic, but made just 35 appearances for the Scottish champions in five years before moving to Norwich City in 2007.
After two years at Carrow Road, Marshall was signed by Cardiff for £500,000 and he played a key role in Cardiff’s Football League Championship-winning promotion season in 2012/13, when he kept 18 clean sheets and was described by then Cardiff boss Malky Mackay as the best goalkeeper in the division.
Marshall, who has been linked with moves to both Liverpool and Tottenham in recent weeks, is currently under contract with Cardiff until 2018, so the Bluebirds hierarchy will no doubt expect a hefty windfall if they are to lose their stopper.
Wenger is also reportedly looking to raid Cardiff’s South Wales rivals Swansea City, with reports over the weekend of a £3 million bid for Swans captain Ashley Williams.
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