Emirates Stadium boss makes plans to replace seemingly outgoing pair.
Marvin Martin and Andre Ayew Arsenal bids ‘funded by Cesc Fabregas sale’
Arsenal look set to bid for Marvin Martin and Andre Ayew as soon as they have received the first payment from the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.
The Spanish champions are busy finalising the details of the £35million transfer and expect to unveil Fabregas to fans and the media on Monday.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will look to use some of the funds generated from the deal before the transfer window closes and reports in France suggest he has identified two main targets.
Arsenal are said to have already made an informal approach to Sochaux about France midfielder Martin.
The Ligue 1 club’s president Alexandre Lacombe apparently said he had no interest in selling the 23-year-old.
However, Martin has indicated he is keen to move to a bigger club as he looks to establish himself as a regular in the national team and a sizeable offer may persuade Sochaux to rethink their stance.
Arsenal are also said to be keen on Marseille winger Ayew, who could come in as a replacement for Samir Nasri if and when the Frenchman joins Manchester City in a £23million deal next week.
The Ghana international has an £11.5million release clause in his Marseille contract – a figure that is unlikely to deter the Gunners.
It seems more and more likely that Arsenal will opt to offload Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri over the options of keeping two unhappy players at the club any longer. Once the pair are sold to Barcelona and Man City respectively, thought to be likely to happen on Monday, then Arsene Wenger is ready to make a push to sign this Ligue 1 pair.
Whilst neither of these targets could be considered household names outside Ligue 1, both are very able performers who would greatly enhance the Emirates Stadium starting line up.
Andre Ayew would be seen as a replacement for Samir Nasri and would arrive from the same club, Marseille, where the 21 year old Ghana international has started to make an impact after a couple of seasons out on loan. Last term was the pint sized wideman’s most prolific, netting 12 goals and assisting many others. He is a speedy intelligent youngster who could make an immediate impact.
Marvin Martin has spent his entire career at fast improving side Sochaux and after three seasons as a regular at the club the French international is probably keen to move on. The central midfielder has made an immediate impact in the national team set up, scoring twice on his debut against Ukraine.
Wenger will also be looking to strengthen his defence before the month ends and may well offload Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia by that time also.