After signing Carl Jenkinson from Charlton two weeks ago to the day, Arsene Wenger is turning his attentions to Arsenal’s next big signings of the summer, with Adel Tarrabt, Scott Parker and Chris Samba all linked with a move.
QPR midfielder Taarabt revealed earlier in the week that Arsenal had shown interest in him, but with a price tag of £10 million, Wenger will be carefully considering if the 22-year-old is worth the money.
"QPR will demand £10million for me, and for now, the clubs do not move too much,” Taarabt said.
"I had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea, but it is a little muddled [difficult]. Arsenal have not yet sold [Cesc] Fabregas... So we will see.”
Fabregas is still an uncertain situation for Wenger, with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell revealing that the Spanish giants won’t pay what the manager is demanding for his skipper.
“Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc's is less than £35million,” Rosell said.
“Barcelona will offer less and if they (Arsenal) don't accept, then he won't come. Pep knows the club is not well-off in terms of money.”
Whether or not Fabregas is sold in the summer will certainly change the scope of Wenger’s transfer targets, with the budget expanding significantly.
Scott Parker is also emerging as a target for Wenger, with Ray Parlour backing up Lee Dixon’s claims that the West Ham man would be a top signing for the Gunners.
“They do need strength in the midfield but I’d go for Scotty Parker," the Arsenal legend said.
“He’s got all you need from a midfield player. He breaks things up, he’s a good tackler, he drives things on as he has done for West Ham. He’s been a one-man-team for West Ham this season so I would pick him.”
While Joey Barton emerged as a shock target during the week, pundits have been hard pressed to find a reason why Wenger would want to sign the controversial 28-year-old star.
Chris Samba is also reportedly on Wenger’s wishlist, but the London club will find it difficult to sign him with Blackburn hoping to hold on to the star defender for another season.
"We don't want to let Chris go," Anuradha Desai, chairman of Blackburn owners Venky's, told the Daily Mail.
"I'm confident that we can keep him and I hope he'll stay.
"I know he has an ambition to play for Arsenal but I hope we can keep him for another year at least and prove our own ambition."
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