Emirates Stadium boss set to land two new additions.
Arsenal will arrange medicals for both Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill and Lille’s impressive youngster Eden Hazard within the next 48 hours.
Arsenal were at first interested in the services of Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka however his price tag put the Emirates side off with Wenger now agreeing a deal with Bolton for Cahill that will see the 25 year old join up with Arsenal within the next 48 hours.
Arsene Wenger appears to have been spurred into action by yesterday’s shocking display at Old Trafford and according to this source, moves to sign two much needed additions are very much in the works. The Arsenal boss has thus far only brought in two teenagers, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Ivory Coast striker Gervinho but a string of injuries and the departures of Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have left the North London club in something of a crisis.
There has been a fair amount of back and forth in relation to Arsenal’s interest in England international Gary Cahill and a recent war of words between Wenger and Bolton chairman Phil Gartside threatens to derail a move to bring the Trotters man to North London.
Arsenal are now willing to offer around £12m for the former Aston Villa man and given that Owen Coyle brought a replacement for Cahill in January, David Wheater, a deal may well be on the cards. Wenger needs defensive reinforcements as last summer’s signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci have struggled.
Thomas Vermaelen appears the club’s only truly reliable centre back and Cahill would be a solid partner for the Belgian international.
The second player said to be heading to Arsenal is Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, seen as an ideal replacement for Samir Nasri. The young Belgian will cost Wenger in the region of £22m and he is a long term target who happily combines youth and experience.
The 20 year old Belgian is closing in on 150 top tier appearances and helped his Lille side to their first domestic title in over 50 years. Hazard is also a regular in the Belgian international set-up.
Arsenal are also looking to complete deals to sell Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia before the end of the transfer window.