Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Monday July 30 2012
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.
Date:Monday July 30 2012
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