Source states that Emirates boss finally has his man.
Mark Schwarzer heads for Arsenal on manic Monday
We’re in store for a manic Monday as clubs look to snap up some last-minute bargains before the transfer deadline expires on Tuesday. And one man who’s never been averse to a bargain is Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, well known for being tighter than the Chelsea defence.
It looks as though Wenger could at last be about to get his hands on Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer as the Cottagers weigh up Shay Given as a replacement. Wenger has been chasing the 37-year-old Schwarzer for months but Fulham have been playing hard to get, stating there was no way they would sell the Aussie international to their London rivals.
But Fulham boss Mark Hughes seems to be softening his stance, saying after Saturday’s draw with Blackpool: “Mark Schwarzer has made it clear that he would like to go to Arsenal so we are trying to look at other options.” The fact that Arsenal are alleged to have increased their offer from £2.5m to £3m might also have made Hughes a happier man. (First Post)
So this source believes that a goalkeeping merry-go-round is about to be completed and in many ways it signals a series of deals that works well for all parties. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been chasing Aussie keeper Mark Schwarzer for some time now and whilst he may well have preferred a move for Man City goalie Shay Given it seems Roberto Mancini wasn’t going to sell such a talented player to a team they consider rivals.
Mark Hughes will have been pleased with the efforts of David Stockdale thus far this season but clearly the Craven Cottage boss will also be well aware of what Irish international Given is capable of. With the transfer window set to close very soon it was imperative for the futures of both keepers to have something sorted sooner rather than later and it appears agreements have been reached on these deals.