Arsene Wenger looks to a swap deal with Newcastle United that seems more than a little one sided!
Arsenal have told Newcastle they must pay £10million – or goalkeeper Shay Given plus £7m – to sign Philippe Senderos.
The Gunners turned down Newcastle’s opening bid of around £4m and have set a high price for the Switzerland central defender in a bid to steer Kevin Keegan’s club away from a player whom manager Arsene Wenger wants to keep.
But Wenger would be prepared to let Senderos go if his own valuation is matched, especially in the event of Given being part of the deal.
Steve Harper proved a reliable deputy, albeit exposed by a sloppy defence who conceded 65 Premier League goals, a total exceeded only by relegated Reading and Derby.
Newcastle continue to talk to Deportivo La Coruna about Argentine centre-half Fabricio Coloccini but will maintain their interest in Senderos whatever the outcome of negotiations. (Mail on Sunday)
This could well be a good deal for the Emirates outfit as much maligned Senderos is very much a player Wenger can afford to lose. Whilst the big Swiss is not as bad as some make him out to be, he is still not good enough to be a first team starter for a side of the magnitude of Arsenal. Getting Shay Given in such a deal would also suit the north London club perfectly. However will Kevin Keegan be keen on the swap? He apparently has some cash to spend and sees Senderos as the type of player he can rely on in the centre of his somewhat creaky defence but is more likely to offer cold hard cash rather than the Irish keeper. Do Gunners fans approve of this swap deal and do they think that Given would oust Almunia for the number one spot?