Another week, another transfer round-up for some of the targets that we’ve been linked with over the last couple of days.
The Bournemouth man is someone who has been heavily linked with us for a few months now. The Scotland international has one year left on his current deal, so could be available for a relatively acceptable price, but he’s none the wiser about what’s going to happen this summer.
Speaking over the weekend, the 25 year old said, “I ain’t got a clue. I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”
So, there you go.
He remains someone who is the subject of many Tweets by Italian transfer guru types. Don Luigi di Wario, Niccolo Machiavelli, Ciro Di Marzio and all the rest of the lads – love the lads – are talking about how he’s ever closer to a move to North London.
From Spain, where he was with Atletico Madrid before moving to China, AS report that there’s a concrete offer from the Gunners.
A fee of around €25m is being touted, which would be considerable enough give our budget, but remember, just because we sign a player for €25m doesn’t mean we hand over €25m in one go.
It seems like there’s a lot of smoke around this particular fire, so a solidfying poo rating follows.
The former Aston Villa man, now at Fiorentina, emerged as a surprise candidate for an Arsenal move when L’Equipe reported that we’d made an inquiry for him. He had been widely expected to join Napoli this summer, but could our interest sway him?
Well, potentially we could offer a more attractive salary than the Italians, but a key line in the report says, ‘Veretout’s main criteria for a new club is Champions League football’, so if that’s the priority then we’re fighting a losing battle as we go into another season with Europa League football.
We’ll have another round-up tomorrow, or whenever there’s sufficient tittle-tattle to put one together.