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Liverpool target Babel

The Independent today carries a story that Ryan Babel has been targetted by Liverpool as their 2nd major summer signing.

The newspaper reports that Liverpool have offered EUR10m (£6.75m) to secure his services., which is close to Ajax's valuation of the player.

This is where it would seem to become a bit blurred, as it has been believed that Babel had a release clause of £6m in his contract.

If this turns out to be as real offer by Liverpool, it would seem that Gooners who were hoping to see the young Dutchman follow his good friend Robin to The Grove may be disappointed, unless Arsene brings forward his plans to sign the man likened by his national coach to a young Thierry Henry by a year.

Perhaps Arsene really is concerned that Babel may not have the required talent for his team - it has been believed that Wenger has had the player scouted on numerous occasions.

Babel himself had recently spoken of his desire to play and learn under the tutelage of Le Professor, adding he would spend one more year in Holland before moving to Arsenal - could this all be about to change?

The Journalist

Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 9 2007

Time: 10:32AM

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Well if babel truly wants to play for arsenal then he will wait, if not then he will leave ajax for liverpool should an offer be made. I seriously doubt Wenger would miss out on babel for the sake of one year, so either babel knows we will sign him next summer or Wenger has no interest. After the signing of Eduardo I think its pointless speculating on Wenger's targets because its clear nobody knows who he is after. I don't believe for one second that our transfer activity is finished either in sales or purchases but I do think its going to be another august 31st jobby again!!
Ashburton Gooner
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09/07/2007 10:56:00

Will Whinger Be there next Season. C u @ Pool Babbel. More fustration!
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09/07/2007 11:02:00

wenger isn't interested trust me. we have recruited well this summer with hugely impressive youngsters. angel di maria a tall skillful technical fast argentinian has been signed and loaned to salamanca. this kid 19 yrs old will b amazing wen he arrives. we are also near completing a deal for yoann gouffran. hes 21 yr old striker but can play on the wings. he is jus as fast as walcott mayb quicker strong and is a lethal finisher with both feet. he will stay at his current club for another season then he will arrive next season. as to will vela. oh my god our team is looking exceptionally fast and bloomin dangerous.. check out the clips on youtube for these players di maria and gouffran. fellow gooners i know their young but i guarantee u won't b dissapointed.
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09/07/2007 11:13:00

Babel must be what Benitez imagines when he dreams of what he wanted from Bellamy, so this transfer is feasible. Whether Babel is right for us is something Wenger surely knows. AG is right - we are not done yet. Arsene is not about to loosen his grip and when he does show his hand it will surely be met with sighs of relief (unless of course you are a wretched Spud).
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09/07/2007 11:48:00

Protocal, You could have said all of the above for Reyes. The truth is when you sign a foreign youngster (or any player for that matter) you dont know how they'll pan out. Will they be a fabregas/Van Persie, Or a Reyes/Baptista?
Jacky B
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09/07/2007 11:51:00

well guess we'll have to wait and see but i kno these guys will make it.
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09/07/2007 12:53:00

how is that then? Even the most talented players can flop in new surroundings
Jacky B
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09/07/2007 13:10:00

he is a Arsenal player by heart i dont kno whats wrong with everyhin
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09/07/2007 13:30:00

money talks and arsenal can only whisper
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09/07/2007 13:38:00

Jacky B, Gouffran will make it big, cuz he's French :d..
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09/07/2007 13:38:00

Babel will join Arsenal,ive got that feeling
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09/07/2007 13:49:00

Say it quietly Dales Dad but Sugar Daddy has cut the allowance and only permitting free signings until you can sell someone to create the funds to buy. The real world beckons.
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09/07/2007 13:57:00

Babel's agent confirms Liverpool have made an official bid.
Jacky B
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09/07/2007 14:06:00

henry to berca, now real=fabregas, juve=rosicky, gallsa talkin crap, babel a player that wanna play for us now his on his way to liverpool..omg as an arsenal fan all this is putting me in a frustration...this team are bullying us, is it becouse of our financial position??? or berca fink arsenal is a free farm for them??? hope we have a better season...ARSENAL 4 LYF
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09/07/2007 15:23:00

I don't understand the fact that most of us keep saying "Wenger is probably not interested in him..." when he probably might be. I feel it is a way that most of us console ourselves when we mite miss out on a player. Yes, we do things secretively, I'm all for that.. but I've not heard Wenger saying anything about his future since Henry's departure... something... anything will do. I'm getting very very frustrated.
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09/07/2007 15:34:00

Babel might be interested in coming to Arsenal but that doesnt mean Wenger wants him. Lots of good players - Bale, Bent, Zakora, Defoe, Dawson, Keane, Malbranque - were all linked with Arsenal for ages (by the press & agents) but we didnt go on to make a bid for any of them. You can blame the agents for trying to get the best possible deal for their clients but they have all had to accept signing for a smaller club. If Babel is right for Arsenal we will sign him. If not, then in a months time he will no doubt be saying "I've always wanted to play for....(insert team)....ever since I was a child".
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09/07/2007 17:14:00

BBC now saying they offered 10 mil....Is this a plot to get Arsenal to bid? hmmm
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09/07/2007 18:43:00

who cares? will u guys stop gettin worried. if we sign ne1 it'll b a huge name player. rumour has it he plays 4 valencia and could be facing up against us in the emirates cup.
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09/07/2007 19:36:00

i'm kiddin btw...
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09/07/2007 19:54:00

Or perhaps Babel won't consider the Scum, until Wenger signs a long term deal. When was Malbranque, Keane, Dawson, ever linked to Arsenal?
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09/07/2007 19:58:00

can we sack wenger 4 the summer n hire him in august cz arsenal et on my nerves
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09/07/2007 20:25:00

10million+ that`s Arses Out then!
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09/07/2007 20:27:00

footballing suicide,he should wait for another year and we will sign him hopefully,he wants to commit suicide.
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09/07/2007 20:50:00

Torres + Babbel, Hargreaves-Anderson-Nanni-Teves, Bale-Kaboul-Bent, Another Transitional Year For The Arses. Oh you have signed a Dudd though.
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09/07/2007 21:14:00

cock-drilled you are one dull individual.
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10/07/2007 00:10:00

Why should he hang around for you guys, you either want him or you don't. If you don't the guy has to get on with his career
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10/07/2007 00:13:00

he already said he would wait around til next year for us. His agent is the one who has responded saying Liverpool have bid £10m, there has been no word from Babel himself yet... »»Arsene Knows««
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10/07/2007 00:24:00

thats cos his agent talks for him! That is his purpose!
Jacky B
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10/07/2007 09:30:00

We keep losing our targets and good ones for that matter. Let gallas question our ambition.
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10/07/2007 10:03:00

I think Babel will stay at Ajax and will sign for Arsenal next season
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10/07/2007 12:22:00

13.5 million, That`s Reyes territory. We all know what happened there!
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10/07/2007 12:31:00

he said himself that he would prefer some action up the arse.....nal.
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10/07/2007 13:41:00

whens supermarket sweep coming back?
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10/07/2007 15:20:00

There`s a Sale going on at the Immigrants!
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10/07/2007 15:41:00

And it`s a closing down sale, Hurry not much stock left.
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10/07/2007 16:14:00

Steven Gerrard feels Liverpool have made a major statement of intent with the signing of Fernando Torres. The Premier League club have spent a club record fee on the Spanish striker, who has arrived from Atletico Madrid. And Reds skipper Gerrard believes the club are now in a position to challenge Chelsea and Manchester United at the top of the table. And arse will be looking forward to chalenging for a Uefa cup spot!
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10/07/2007 18:42:00

Such a big squawking beak on such a skinny headless chicken, Dont worry it'll soon be time to stuff your impotent shrivelled cock and solitary ball back into your lasagne stained y fronts as the mighty cannon explodes your dead duck out of the water. Sep 15 is when hunting season officially opens, although gutless, spineless and with less meat than one of Jols jowls, skinny chicken remains on the North London menu.
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10/07/2007 19:07:00

Cock-oral, why don't you stop posting inane drivel and come back when you have grown some pubes and aren't scared of talking to girls. *slap* »»Arsene Knows««
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10/07/2007 20:11:00

WINGY75 any ideas on a new Catchphrase yet, Not long now.
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10/07/2007 21:01:00

Boy you guys are touchy must be the time of the month. Or it might be I am on Vital Arse Wipes
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10/07/2007 21:03:00

not really cock-oral, seeing as last time i checked Wenger is still our gaffer. Why don't you get one - how about '61, never again'??? »»Arsene Knows««
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10/07/2007 22:11:00

The Babel saga leaves me curious. Does Wenger want him? I'm not so sure, coz if he did, I'm sure the deal would have been done already.
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11/07/2007 06:55:00

When Babel said he would come next year I think he had seen no moves from Arsenal and now that a premier league team is knocking on his door he may as well join them as he seeks to olay in the EPL. If Wenger wants the youngster he should pay up and get him now or soon it will be water under the bridge as we did with Ribery and others
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11/07/2007 17:12:00


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