Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may bring in 2 more big names in addition to the already bagged Alexis Sanchez while the search for cover at centre back continues.
Rumours of a possible Sami Khedira move to Arsenal which had circulated earlier on in summer are returning again as the German appears to have fallen out of favour at Real Madrid, according to The Express. In a clear signal that the 27-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti left him out of the squad for the Super Cup in Cardiff. With only a year left on the defensive midfielders contract and no new agreement in sight, indications are that Los Bloncos are willing to sell with Arsenal and Chelsea rivals for the defensive midfielder’s signature. Wenger seems keener but it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will stump up Real Madrid’s asking price and the player’s hefty wage demands. Thus far he has been reluctant to splash out and compromise may be needed on all 3 sides for a deal to be concluded.
The Star has reported that superstar Edinson Cavani could yet end up at the Emirates in a stupendous £51 million deal. The theory goes that if Paris Saint Germain manage to snap up Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria from under the nose of Louis van Gaal, the Parisien club will be forced to offload the Uruguayan to comply with UEFA financial fair play rules. Other Premier League clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United have also been touted as possible destinations also and with a combination of circumstances required it is difficult to tell if there is any truth to this rumour.
In more routine news The Independent reports that Wenger is interested in signing Greek centre back Kostas Manolas from Olympiakos. The Gunners are looking particularly light at centre back just now, with Thomas Vermaelen already departed and doubts about the fitness of first teamers Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. The main issue with the move would be the defender’s reluctance to accept a role as a squad player at the Emirates.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena