The agreement has finally been announced by Arsenal, and Samir Nasri is headed for a medical and to discuss personal terms with Manchester City.
Reports are putting the playmaker’s worth at around £24 million, and along with £35 million from Cesc Fabregas’ sale, Arsene Wenger is looking at a large transfer kitty as he enters the final week of the window.
GMF looks at the five players who have been linked with the London club, and rates their chance of making a move:
Wenger is obviously looking for a defensive player to bolster the backline and fill a gap left by the injured Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny – and Jagielka has emerged as one of Wenger’s top targets.
According to the Press Association, Wenger had a £10 million bid rejected for the Englishman, with Everton placing Jagielka’s value at closer to £20 million.
With Jagielka signing a contract last March tying him to the Toffees for four years, Everton are certainly in a strong bargaining position and could force Arsenal to up their bid.
Likely to move: 2/5 – Wenger wants him, but Everton don’t need to let him go cheap, despite the tight purse strings at Goodison Park.
The midfielder has quickly become an urgent target for Wenger, with the manager facing a selection headache over who to put in Arsenal’s midfield following Nasri’s departure. The 23-year-old has established his position in the France team, and fits in well with Wenger’s preference of signing younger players full of potential.
The Independent puts Martin’s value at £10.5 million, but the Sochaux star is said to be waiting to find out whether Arsenal progress to the Champions League knock out stage before making a decision over a move.
Likely to move: 2/5 – Fits Wenger’s transfer mould perfectly, but the manager may put other targets first.
Another obvious replacement for the outgoing Fabregas and Nasri, Hazard is well outside Wenger’s normal budget, with the BBC rating the midfielder at £26 million. The Ligue 1 Player of the Year has scored 23 goals in 123 appearances for Lille, and is an established member of the Belgian international team.
While Wenger would be hard pressed to spend so much money on one transfer, the Gunners man recently insisted to reporters that he would happily spend £40 million on the right player. And Hazard appears perfectly suited to Arsenal's style of play.
Likely to move: 4/5 - fits the player Wenger wants and needs – the only problem is Lille’s unwillingness to sell.
Another defender on Wenger’s radar, Cahill is seen as a more expensive option than Jagielka, but the Daily Mail believes that the Gunners manager may wait until the last minute to try and get the star for cheaper than his £17 million buy-out clause.
In Arsenal’s favour, Cahill’s contract expires next summer, and should the London club be the only bidders for the Englishman’s signature, Bolton may have to let him go cheaply rather than for free this time next year.
Likely to move: 3/5 – Wenger is taking a big risk if he waits until the last minute, but it’s a risk that could pay off.
Another Frenchman, should Wenger land Hazard he will no doubt be considering buying the Lille star who has been able to convert Hazard’s assists in front of goal. Sow has scored 25 goals in 36 games, and played alongside Gervinho as well, and as a result Wenger is monitoring the 25-year-old.
Sow recently told reporters that he’d love to play for Arsenal, but the striker is also claiming interest from Real Madrid, and his move will depend on how Arsenal move forward in Champions League qualification.
Likely to move: 2/5 – Wenger could have to decide between Hazard and Sow, and needs a midfielder more after already signing Gervinho.
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