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Wenger: Gallas - Cole Swap Possible

Wenger: Gallas - Cole Swap Possible

Arsene Wenger has given a clear indication that he would be willing to use Chelsea's desire to own Ashley Cole to win the signature of centre back William Gallas.

Wenger is usually very secretive over his transfer dealings and even though he claimed in his latest statement that he wants to keep everything hush hush, he has given more away regarding this transfer than he has over the past 2 years.

In an interview with, Le Boss made this sensational comment.

'He is a player we have a chance to get. He wants to leave Chelsea and Ashley Cole wants to leave us."

He also spoke about his offer to Chelsea,

"I have made an offer for [Gallas] and that is how far as we are,"

"We have not spoken to the player yet and you need to agree personal terms. We have a salary cap here and he comes from a club with no salary cap.

"I don`t know if it is possible to agree personal terms and agree with Chelsea. But I will not come out with our negotiations. At the moment I feel we have to keep that story as quiet as possible and see what comes out of it."

Eariler this summer Arsene Wenger said that if he could find a central defender who could play left back also, then he would be in business. Well it appears he could have gone one better.

"He is a good defender," said Wenger. "He can play right back, left back and centre back. We want the player because we made an offer for him. That is clear.

The possibility that AW is also negotiating transfer with other un-named players was also made apparent.

"But he is not the only player we are likely to get, as you know there is always a lot happening in the last few days [before the transfer window shuts]. However he is a player we have a chance to get. He wants to leave Chelsea and Ashley Cole wants to leave us."

Exciting times at Ashburton Grove.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday August 23 2006
Time: 10:58AM


Are you guys as bored of the AC saga as us chelsea fans?
23/08/2006 11:10:00
I was just about to post the same thing MB!! I'm praying this swap goes through, not only because Gallas is a fantastic player, but also to put an end to this extremely ugly and dull affair.
23/08/2006 11:11:00
Definitely, it's dragged on all summer. I can't even remember why he's got the hump! He had an illegal meeting with Chelsea and for some reason, our chairman is to blame! Anyway, I can't wait to see the back of him. He's the best left back in the world but you should never keep a player against his will. I still doubt that Mourinho would let us have Gallas in exchange though. Although he usually overspends on players (usually by about £10 million) he doesn't seem to be doing Arsenal any favours this summer! If Cole was at any other team, say Newcastle, he would have snapped Cole up for £25 million in June!!!!
23/08/2006 11:14:00
I hope we get Gallas but dont think it will happen, because wenger is going on about salary caps etc. We are getting Gallas on the cheap, try buying a defender of that quality for £5mill and you will get a shock as Chelsea are finding out. The other point i wanted to make was that i presume this salary cap is selective? ie Monsieur Henry!!!!!! and what about Sol when he graced our team.Anybody any thoughts?
23/08/2006 11:23:00
The salary cap probably depends on the calibre of the player. You basically get paid what you are worth. When Sol joined we needed him, Adams was gone and we needed a quality centre back. Sol came on a free as well so there was more money for his salary. With King Henry, there can't be a salary cap, how do you put a cap on such quality? Hope we get Gallas, seriously. We need an experienced defender to partner Kolo, Senderos is good but I'm not convinced he's ready to be a regular just yet. Gallas would be ideal. We managed without Ashley Cole last season, we'll go one better and win the thing without him this season.
23/08/2006 11:29:00
If what you're both saying was right then there is no salary cap. It's called a cap for a reason, you can't just pick and choose who will come under this cap and who doesn't. I think the salary cap Wenger is talking about is as a collective ie; he has a set budget to pay all his players. A bit like in rugby league where as clubs can only pay 50% of what they earn on wages, the could pay one play 1 million quid and then everybody else has to be on lower wages. However, with the departure of Pires, Campbell, Cole (possibly) and Bergkamp, that should have free'd up some cash. Ok so Henry will have taken up a lot of that money but there still should be sufficent funds to pay a player of Gallas' quality.
23/08/2006 11:36:00
I agree with all that you say Keplaz, but still think the deal for Gallas should not fall down over him having to take a pay cut, what we save on the fee for him we can pay him his 70k
23/08/2006 11:37:00
wenger said "we have a salary cap and we can make an exception for one player but not for five or six". He was talking about Henry but saying Gallas would have to fall in line with the others. I think wenger would like gallas but he is not going to break his neck to get him, he has other options. also chelsea would rather accept £4m from AC than £6m from us.
23/08/2006 11:43:00
Guys is tonights CL game on tv???
23/08/2006 11:46:00
Bring it on! this whole sorry saga is very unsettling for the club and players during what is to be a historic first season in our new stadium...the sooner its over the better
23/08/2006 11:48:00
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