The Guardian reports that Arsenal’s moany French midfielder Lassana Diarra will today complete his move to Portsmouth. Diarra was reportedly keen to sign for Redknapp’s side after he was assured that he will get ‘first team football’, something that seems like crack cocaine to Diarra as he tries to fulfill his ambitions of ousting either Patrick Vieira or Claude Makelele from France’s Euro 2008 starting lineup.
Redknapp will splash £5.5m on the 22 year-old midfielder and Guardian journo David Hytner writes that Diarra:
“is encouraged by what he has heard and with the interest of other English clubs failing to crystallise, notably that of Manchester City, he is ready to commit to Harry Redknapp and Portsmouth. His advisers listened to City’s proposals at the end of last week but the lines of communication to Eastlands have cooled and, with Arsenal reluctant to sell to their neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, whose manager, Juande Ramos, would love to sign Diarra, Portsmouth have made their move.”
So will this turn out to be a sale that Wenger will regret, or is having Diarra safely ensconsed at non-rival Portsmouth a safe move for Arsenal?