Could this really be happening again? Is Arsenal destined to miss out on yet another target because of their money conserving philosophy? Surely Arsene Wenger has learnt his lessons from the potential purchases of Juan Mata and Gary Cahill, where by if he had stumped up a few more million, Arsenal would be sitting a lot more comfortably with the current chelsea players.
If reports are to be believed, Arsenal are again playing these games with Everton in regards to triggering the release clause of Marouane Fellaini. A player most Gooners believe will be our new Viera and is a must, no matter what the price.
The suppossed fee for Fellaini is quoted at between £22-£24 million. A fee which everyone would agree is a large amount of money, but an amount Arsenal can now easily afford. For a player of Fellaini’s ability, I believe this fee is more than warranted for Everton’s best player. Especially when Arsenal are crying out for a defensive midfielder.
Arsene Wenger is one of the most clued up managers around and will always try and hide his desire for players he would love to see in an Arsenal shirt. By going on record and stating he’s going to match the release clause in Fellaini’s contract would just alert other clubs on the lookout for quality players to Fellaini’s situation and create a bidding war, which is not Arsenal’s favourite thing to participate in!
Gooners need not panic, as this time of year, newspaper websites are just trying fill empty spaces on the back pages (with quoteless and sourceless articles) as it’s currently off season and they still need football fans to buy their paper and click onto their website. Arsene Wenger is aware that this transfer window could be the most important ever since debuting at Highbury in 1996.
Arsenal have a knack of announcing things later on in the picture and are always pulling unexpected transfers and deals out of the blue to pleasantly surprise us. This summer will be no different as I have a good feeling Gooners everywhere could be in for a landmark announcement regarding our signings and our giant sponsorship deal with Puma.
Arsenal Football club will again emerge quietly from the shadows, keeping as quiet as possible so not to alert other poaching clubs of their interests and deliver the footballing world the news that AFC are back and are shooting straight back to the top with Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis stating at a recent Q&A with the Arsenal Supporters Trust: “We can extend our revenues to around the £300 million mark.”
With that amount of money generated, the price for Fellaini is certainly not an issue.