Wenger keen to secure deal for much admired talent.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he may renew his interest in Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.
The 25-year-old Moroccan international was the subject of one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer transfer window, with the forward linked with a string of Premier League sides including the Gunners, West Ham, Sunderland, Spurs, Fulham and Blackburn.
However, Bordeaux remained reluctant to let their prize asset go, with Arsenal unwilling to meet les Girondins’ valuation of the player, who netted 13 league goals last season.
Fresh reports surfaced linking the goal-getter with a move to Juventus next summer, as a possible replacement for David Trezeguet, who is expected to depart Turin after 10 years with the Old Lady.
However, Wenger has since admitted that he has not yet dismissed the prospect of bringing Chamakh to the Emirates Stadium.
“He is a player we were close to signing,” he said.
“But at the moment we have lost a little bit of touch with him because there is no transfer period now.
“We might reconsider the position if it is needed in January.” (Four Four Two)
Marouane Chamakh was a player who very nearly joined us in the summer and only some bickering over a price stalled the move for the Bordeaux man but given that the player will be free to leave for nothing at the end of the season the French club may take a cut price fee for the striker in January rather than losing out on any fee for the Moroccan international.
Some suggest that fee may be as high as £5m which seems steep given that six months later he would cost nothing but a lot will depend on what fronts we are fighting on at that stage and just how urgent an addition he is. Clearly Wenger’s quotes suggest he is very much interested in sealing the deal for a player who became repeatedly linked to us up until the transfer window slammed shut.
Juventus’s reported interest may help speed matters up and could finally bring this long running saga to completion either way in a few months.