Arsenal are reported to have entered into discussions with Cardiff City regarding the proposed acquisition of goalkeeper David Marshall during the summer transfer window. The Gunners have identified the signing of another shot-stopper as a priority, and they appear to be exploring the possibility of recruiting Marshall.
Lukasz Fabianski has already left Arsenal, joining Swansea on a free transfer in the pursuit of first-team football, which leaves the FA Cup winners short of a first-team ‘keeper. And, according to Goal.com, Arsenal have been in touch with Cardiff and indicated they are willing to pay £8 million for the Scotsman.
Marshall was widely praised as one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers last season despite Cardiff’s relegation, and his performances would appear likely to earn him a return transfer to the top-flight.
Arsenal would seem to be in pole position to land the 29-year-old, although it is not expected that he will oust Wojciech Szczesny as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice goalkeeper. Szczesny remains very much the man in possession, although Wenger clearly requires an experienced back-up to ensure the Poland international does not become complacent.
That said, £8 million is a hefty price to pay for a reserve ‘keeper, although perhaps proves that Arsenal mean business this summer, as also pursue a right-back and another striker.