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Cole/Baptista Swap Gathering Pace?

I don't know how many of you have heard my Baptista/Cole swap theory, well, I didn't come up with it but something I heard which all the evidence now seems to point towards.

Whether Baptista would be a player we need, or even want, is a different matter entirely, but I can't help thinking there's something in this.

Lets look at the evidence.

Ashley Cole appeared to be on his way out of Arsenal last summer after initially agreeing to commit to the Gunners only to have his wages dropped at the last minute which then led him to 'those talks' with Chelsea, we all thought he was gone. Then out of the blue he signs a solitary one year extension with his wages 10 grand higher than his original contract. Strange, no?

Then there was the whole Baptista saga. Wenger wanted the player, he wanted Arsenal, claiming it would be his dream move but the only thing stopping him was the fact that he wanted to gain dual nationality and only had to remain in Spain for one more year to gain this, then out of the blue, in come Real Madrid and snap him up for 15 million (round about the same amount that Cole has for his buy out clause in his contract)

There was also the fact that Real Madrid wanted to sign Ashley Cole after the story of his meetings with Chelsea broke and it became apparent that Cole was going to leave.

When the whole ugly series of events had seemingly been squared away, Arsene Wenger said to Arsenal fans that there would be a new signing on the way but we would all have to wait until summer 2006 to see who this player was because there was complications.

All that happened last year, and most people had forgotten about it.....until now.

Ashley Cole stated yesterday that a 'secret deal' was keeping him at Arsenal, could this be the secret deal? Then in this mornings papers we read that Baptista has issued a statement claiming that Arsenal still want him. All very very strange.

Of course this could all be coincidental, because these things do happen, but I suppose We'll just have to wait for Ashley Cole's book to be released, which strangely enough, comes out just as the transfer window closes




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 16 2006

Time: 2:15PM

Your Comments

very interesting, and a propsition i wouldnt say no to... cos ashley cole is a d1ckhead... but aren't real madrid supposedly closing in on both cannavaro AND zambrotta, a left back?
theking13
Canavaro is a centreback and Zambrotta can play either LB or RB. Imagine their defence Zambrotta, Ramos, Cannavarro & Cole. Pretty tasty huh?!?
Rocky7
Cannavarro will go to Real (or Chelsea) and Cole is definitely on to Chelsea.
USA
Oh look, USA is here again with all his pearls of wisdom. May I ask how you "know" this?
Rocky7
It would be good having Baptista but i wish Cole would stay. But if it happens there is nothin we could do about this. If Baptista comes in does that mean the Yaya Toure deal will not happen? Still it wouldn't really matter as Baptista would play in an attacking mid role and he has strength in abundance. Cannavaro will go to Real or Chelski, Zambrotta to Real, Barce or AC Milan. Wats goin on wit Saviola he reports to Barce pre-season on the 17th of July so wen is he goin to sign? I was looking foward to him joining us. As my mate said we always needed a player like Michael Owenbut in this case he is better, faster, skillful and clinical. I hope he signs today and is given the number 10 shirt...
protocal
I agree with you about Babtista that he is good even though he wasnt last year and we dont whant a player that doesnt wana stay even if he is big as Cole who i love to see playing for arsenal if his heart is in it BUT i think we can sell him for a lot more money and then go for the good players that mr. AW says are out of our reach
soma
good point protocal saviola is one of my favoutire players and i thought it was more or lessa done deal, so why has it stopped??, has wenger chickend out
hazzagooner
i still think that ashley cole will stay. . .i dont no why but i just feel it. maybe hes demanding more respect. but it is a high posibility that he will leave now maybe about 90%. if it means we get either baptista or robinho or cassilas then im happy
abdleb
If Cole remain with this attitude, I see no point in holding on to him and we should take the highest offer and use it elsewhere. The LB position had experienced the most casualty last season and we got thru this with grit and after numerous permutations. We have also identified an unexpected backup person in Flamini. Bottomline, no one is irreplacable and if he is so determined to leave, then let him go. We survived almost an entire season without him.
HK_Gunner
No way since baptista said he has two years left and he will stay there in the remaining two years
kenyanrudeboy
Although there may well have been a secret deal, I think it has fallen apart. Madrid has a new president, new manager and the director of football has gone so the deal makers are no longer there. Having kept quiet in the wake of the deal, Ashley is now proclaiming to the market that he is available and irritating us Gooners so we’ll be glad to see the back of him. Likewise, Baptista is trying to resurrect his move to Arsenal. Btw – forget his form at Madrid and remember TH and PV didn’t do too well in their initial big money moves!
clock_ender
dock_ender i agree i think it could have been the case that it was expected to go through but real madrid have a new bored so the deal could have gone astray.
ArsenalRob
 

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