As one door closes another opens
Arsene Wenger is lining up a £7million bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh as a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor. The Arsenal manager is ready to let Adebayor join Manchester City for £20m, with talks already under way between the clubs.
Wenger sees Chamakh as a ready-made replacement for the Togo forward and wants to move quickly for the French-born Morocco international in order to fend off interest from other Premier League clubs.
Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland have also been linked with the 25-year-old, who has just one year to go on his contract and has refused to open talks with his French club over an extension. Bordeaux are now resigned to losing him and manager Laurent Blanc wants the player’s future to be decided before he takes his side on a pre-season tour of Canada next Wednesday.
Wenger was impressed with the striker’s performances in helping Bordeaux win the French League and publicly confirmed his interest in the player this month.
Chamakh had earlier revealed he would be keen on a move to Emirates Stadium. He said: “I want to play in the Premier League and a club like Arsenal would be a dream. If they were to come calling, I would certainly give them a positive answer.”
The Source: (Evening Standard)
It appears that talks to bring Adebayor to Man City are at a pretty advanced stage so it makes sense that Wenger is already well on the way to bringing in a replacement. Whatever fee Arsenal get for their misfit striker it will is definitely going to be almost three times what was paid to Monaco three and a half years ago so the club has made a healthy profit and it seems that Arsene is looking to bring in another French League based player to fill the gap.
You can draw parallels between the two forwards, both are big men and Chamakh is similarly not a household name in much the same way as many had not heard of Emmanuel when he first arrived in north London.
The Moroccan international can even claim to have achieved more than the current Gunners man as he helped Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux to their first Ligue 1 title in ten years last term with a series of hard fought performances and a steady stream of goals and assists.
Chamakh to Arsenal: Seems fairly likely