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Arsenal Getting Busy With the Chequebook

Arsenal Getting Busy With the Chequebook

With Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger back in London this morning, following the tour of Asia, it would appear wheels are in motion as the Gunners look to augment their squad. There`s been a whole lot of smoke around Santi Cazorla and it`s clear the club are trying to do a deal. Malaga have debts to pay and Cazorla, along with many other Malaga players, wasn`t paid on time towards the end of last season as the nouveau riche Spanish side began to reveal curious financial problems with their mega rich Quatari owners.

The Spanish press reported that Arsenal lodged a bid on Saturday evening that will help Malaga clear down a 20m Euro debt in one fell swoop. The word today is that Cazorla and his agent will inform Malaga of the winger`s desire to move to North London today. Guardian journalist Sid Lowe is considered a very trusted source on all things La Liga and he is saying the deal could be confirmed in as little as 48 hours as Malaga have a July 31st deadline for tax year end.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also expected to complete a loan deal for Real Madrid`s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin this week as well. Madrid paper Marca prematurely announced a deal on Saturday evening, but with Madrid`s pursuit of Luka Modric reaching its conclusion, Real manager Jose Mourinho has publicly told his player to find another club and Arsenal are in negotiations. Sahin was a huge part of Borussia Dortmund`s 2010-11 Bundesliga title win but has struggled to settle in Spain. Raphael Honigstein is another journalist who is treated as something of a "trusted source" and he has told ESPN that he believes Sahin will be an Arsenal player this week.

Transfer negotiations are very nuanced and complicated. It seems like a bygone era now that Arsenal can conclude a deal in secret with so many "sources" and avenues for leakage. What is clear is that we are trying to secure Cazorla and Sahin and it would appear we`re at an advanced stage with both deals. I would still urge caution with any deal not yet completed because I am certain there is wrangling to be done yet. What is positive is that we know the club are at least trying and, it would appear, that the transfer policy this summer is to secure established international class players with a good level of experience. Which can`t be a bad thing.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday July 30 2012
Time: 11:39AM


Let's just make it happen, I can take limited solace in knowing that the club are "trying". That just doesn't cut the mustard.
30/07/2012 11:46:00
Sure, but it can be more complicated than that. They have to try before they can achieve and it looks like they will in this case. By definition it's impossible to achieve the end result before the preliminary effort.
Little Dutch
30/07/2012 11:49:00
All it would take is another nouveau rich club to steal Cazorla by paying more - both to Malaga and the player! More hopeful about the Sahin loan deal but am surprised that Mourinho would loan him to us. Given a choice between loaning Sahin to us or Spurs one would have thought Mourinho would recommend Spurs unless the player himself insisted on signing for us.
30/07/2012 11:54:00
These two players players alongside Giroud and Podolski represent a quite outstanding summer of business. Get Walcott's signature on top of that and we're ready to rock. Though I wouldn't shed too many tears if we brought in some competition for Song.
30/07/2012 12:13:00
I'll believe it when it happens. I'll never forget the Mata stories last season and how excited I got and then Chelsea signed him. I do want these deals to happen though because I get a feeling it could persuade RVP to stay. I also see there is massive smoke around our supposed 10 million bid for Celtic's Kenyan DM.
30/07/2012 12:26:00
That Celtic player Wanyama looks very good foe DM. He is used to the rigours of British football. I somehow doupt the club will be forking out 10 + million for M'Vila or like if the Cazorla deal goes throug and Wanyama might therefore be a good addition.
30/07/2012 12:27:00
Like I say, just *please* make it happen. We've been here too many times before and then told when it doesn't happen that we "tried". All very encouraging though.
30/07/2012 12:30:00
I feel your pain SW, but there really is little we can do with the like of Chelsea and City around. Fortunately Chelsea seem to have conducted all their business and City are well stocked in these areas. I know little of Cazorla (but everyone else seems to think he's great) but Sahin is a player I've wanted Arsene to sign for a couple of years, I know it would only be a loan, but I doubt he's got much of a future at Real, and a decent season with us could see his move made permenant. All idle speculaion I know, but exciting nonetheless.
30/07/2012 12:40:00
All very interesting. Fingers crossed. Pointless to say "Make it happen", though - AW/IG don't have magic wands. The selling/loaning clubs and the players themselves have a say and it will only happen if it suits all three parties in the deal. All we can do is try our best.
30/07/2012 12:48:00
Rocky, Chelsea will sign atleast 2 players more - as if spending 65 million pounds already insn't enough. They are looking at a striker, a right winger and a right back.
30/07/2012 12:52:00
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