With Wenger claiming he needs a central midfielder and Liverpool needing money to finally end this Barry debacle, could the transfer merry-go-round be set for another rotation?
Arsene Wenger has revealed he plans to buy a central midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have been left glaringly light in the engine room following the departures of Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto Silva, and Wenger recognises the void.
Arsenal have been linked to Gareth Barry, Xabi Alonso and Torsten Frings during the close season, while Amaury Bischoff of Werder Bremen is strongly tipped to move to Emirates Stadium.
Wenger insists he has not settled on a final midfield target, but he assured the Gunners faithful he does plan to strengthen.
“We will need one more body in there,” he said of his midfield when questioned on Arsenal’s official website. (Setanta Sports)
A close source to Alonso as saying: “If the decision was down to Xabi, he would make the move because Arsenal’s style is perfect for him.” (goal.com)
18m rated Spaniard Alonso is still seemingly not really part of Benitez’s plans and whilst he may be loathed to sell to a rival he also knows that Martin O’Neill is about to call time on the whole on/off Barry-gate saga so time is of the essence. Arsenal want Xabi they have already made that clear, Alonso has apparently said that he would move to the Emirates if that was what Liverpool decided was his future so something has got to give soon. The obvious question would be, why doesn’t Rafa value his Spanish international more highly than the Aston Villa skipper who do the fans think is a better player?