According to the Daily Mail Arsenal now look set to meet Loic Remy’s £10m buy-out clause as they attempt to scupper Chelsea’s attempts to sign the QPR striker.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp admitted that Remy was likely to join Chelsea, however with Arsenal now in the race it may give the striker the option of joining the Gunners where he is more likely to be first choice.
Remy has previously been pictured at the Emirates in the past and is thought to have wanted a move to Arsenal all summer, however Chelsea may have the advantage after moving for the striker before the Gunners.
Harry Redknapp refused to criticize the striker ahead of his impending departure and there now looks to be a fight to secure the French internationals signature.
“Obviously we had a spanner thrown in the works when I got a call at 12 o’clock today to say Loic was leaving,” said Redknapp.
“That was a massive shock to me, I didn’t expect that at all.
“I never had any idea that he would be leaving, it never entered my mind that he would leave.
“He would have played today, he didn’t refuse to play but I took the decision to remove him.
“He worked yesterday with the team and I never had any idea he would be leaving.
“It’s not his fault, I’m not criticising him. He’s gone to Chelsea, the Champions League, it’s very difficult.
“We could all sit here and say he shouldn’t do it, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for the boy and difficult to turn down.
“He’s had the buy-out clause and it’s got to be the cheapest buy of the century, but there’s nothing that we could do about it.”
Remy had been linked with a move to Arsenal all summer and it is perhaps surprising that Wenger has only made his move now to sign the pacey striker who scored 14 goals in the Premier League last season.
A recent injury to Olivier Giroud seems to have forced Wenger’s hand and with speculation that Falcao will join Real Madrid it seems that they are now looking to sign Remy under the noses of Chelsea.
Chelsea have however made the first move to sign the 27-year-old and this may give them an advantage in negotiations but with the Gunners short of options upfront, Remy would be much more likely to be a more influential figure for the Gunners rather than Chelsea.
If Arsenal can land the striker under the noses of Chelsea it would come as a major boost to Arsene Wenger’s side and would see Chelsea with only two recognized strikers after allowing Fernando Torres to leave on a two-year-loan deal.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.