According to the French version of Eurosport, Ligue 1 side Bastia are weighing up a move for Mathieu Flamini.
The 31-year-old fell down the midfield pecking order at the tail end of last season and is regarded as the prime candidate to leave the Emirates should Arsene Wenger bring in new blood as support for Francis Coquelin. Fellow veteran Mikel Arteta is believed to have signed a new deal at the club.
The Frenchman has made 69 appearances since he returned to the Emirates in 2013 and has one year left on his current deal. He’d previously played 153 times for the Gunners in a four year stint between 2004-2008 before leaving on a free to AC Milan.
While Bastia, who finished 12th in France’s top flight last campaign, are believed to be keeping tabs on Flamini, it appears a move is far from straightforward.
For one thing the Corsican outfit have the threat of relegation looming over them due to financial irregularities. It’s also reported that Bastia would need Arsenal to release the player from his contract and for Flamini to take a significant drop in salary as his current wage far exceeds anything earned by their current squad members.
It all sounds rather fanciful at the moment. Arseblog News quite fancies a Ferrari but with £7.21 in our current account we’re a long way from slipping into a pair of velvet driving shoes and heading to the Mayfair dealership.
Not that we’re suggesting Flamini is a Ferrari, he’s more like a P-Reg, 1.8 litre Ford Mondeo estate with beaded seat covers and a dicky clutch.