Emirates boss considers making big French international bid.
ARSENE WENGER has lined up a £21.8million deal for Bordeaux ace Yoann Gourcuff – his No 1 choice to replace Cesc Fabregas.
Arsenal have already spoken to the France star’s dad Christian to pave the way for a switch that will make Gourcuff the Gunners’ record signing.
An Arsenal source said: “While every effort is being made to keep Cesc at the club the boss is working towards an alternative.
“He believes Gourcuff’s finesse and grace will fit perfectly to Arsenal’s way of playing and will make it an almost seamless transition if Cesc does go.”
Wenger is desperate to keep Fabregas after the skipper asked for a move to boyhood club Barcelona.
Arsenal slapped an £80m price tag on their prized asset but it is accepted Fabregas will eventually sign for Barca for around £45m.
Gourcuff, 23, will be France’s first-choice playmaker in the World Cup but has a £21.8m get-out clause at Bordeaux.
Wenger may struggle to bring that price down as Bordeaux president Jean Louis Triaud is still fuming at Wenger for nabbing his striker Marouane Chamakh on a free.
Yet cash-strapped Bordeaux are desperate to get Gourcuff off their wage bill after failing to net a European spot following a late-season collapse in the French League. (The Sun)
Whilst there is no denying that Yoan Gourcuff is a talented individual and that he deserves credit for coming back from a nightmare spell at AC Milan to resurrect his career at Bordeaux, Cesc Fabregas he ain’t. This source, not the most reliable, may be jumping the gun a tad. There is no doubt that Arsenal fans the world over will be worrying about what will happen next in the whole Barcelona saga but no deal has been struck just yet and Arsene Wenger is the type of boss who would dig his heels in when the future of his skipper is concerned.
The 23 year old French international helped Laurent Blanc’s men to their first Ligue 1 title in ten years when he arrived at the Stade Chaban Delmas on loan from the San Siro and as a result he was swiftly signed up on a permanent basis and has stamped his authority on the French national team in the process and has become one of Raymond Domenech’s most crucial players and in many ways his style of play suits the Emirates outfit down to the ground but he isn’t a player who would so easily make up for the loss of Cesc Fabregas, if indeed he does find his way to the Nou Camp.
Gourcuff is not the same type of player as Fabregas, though a playmaker with great ability and good footballing brain he doesn’t offer the same goal scoring threat at Cesc, although this is an area he has greatly improved on over the past two seasons back in his homeland.
It will be interesting to see if Wenger makes a move for the former Rennes prodigy and if he does so would he bid as much as £21.8m on a player who only cost Bordeaux £13m a year ago.