With cash generated from the probable sales of two star players, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger plans a double swoop of high quality!
Arsenal and Tottenham are set for a tug-of-war over Roque Santa Cruz after the striker informed Paul Ince, the new Blackburn Rovers manager, that he wants to leave for a bigger club.
Santa Cruz was absent from Rovers’ pre-season friendly at Macclesfield having indicated that he was ready to leave the club. While pledging to have a “better season with Blackburn” next season if he stays in Lancashire after scoring 19 times during his debut campaign in the Premiership, the Paraguay international confirmed he was “motivated by the interest of other clubs”.
That remark is likely to alert Tottenham and Arsenal, with both North London clubs preparing to sell their current centre-forwards. Although Tottenham are yet to receive a formal offer from Liverpool for Robbie Keane, who is thought to be receptive to the idea of moving to Anfield, they are expected to sell Dimi Berbatov later this week to Manchester United for £30m.
‘It remains to be seen whether the Paraguay striker sees Spurs as a step up, especially considering Arsenal are expected to move for him if Emmanuel Adebayor finally gets a move to either Barcelona or AC Milan,’ notes The Daily Mail.
Despite previously insisting that he would not sell his prized assets, Arsene Wenger appears to have decided to cash-in on Adebayor. ‘Relations have cooled between him and the club and Wenger has come to view Santa Cruz as a potential replacement,’ reports The Guardian.
Having priced Adebayor at around £30m, one suggestion is that Wenger would use the money recouped by his sale to fund a move for both Santa Cruz and Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin. The Gunners are expected to confirm this week that Alex Hleb has been sold to Barcelona for £15m – a transfer that will all but finance the recruitment of the £11m Samir Nasri and £5m Aaron Ramsey. (ITV.com)
I am a little surprised that Roque has been quoted as saying he is pushing for a move from Ewood Park, as it seemed he was happy to stay at the club that had effectively relaunched his career after he appeared to be going stale at Bayern (just six goals in 43 appearances during his last three injury-plagued seasons in the Bundesliga). Santa Cruz is well suited to the Arsenal style of play, as is Arshavin, whose move to either the Premier League or La Liga appears to have hit a brickwall.
Clearly, as the report above suggests, the north London side have the cash from the probable sales of Hleb and Adebayor to fund this pair of top-quality stars, so maybe Wenger will be successful in these endeavours. Do Gunners fans think that this is the best way for Arsene to invest the cash?