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Arsene Wenger will follow up his interest in Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar after the World Cup.
Sportsmail revealed Arsenal’s interest earlier this year and Wenger is waiting to see how the Cesc Fabregas saga unfolds before making his next step.
Wenger intends to keep Fabregas but knows Barcelona will push hard with a £40million offer. If his hand is forced the Arsenal manager will need reinforcements.
Wenger, who has lined up free agent Joe Cole and also has an interest in Everton’s Mikel Arteta, said: ‘Pienaar has grown this year. He was usually a very busy player where the final ball was missing a little bit, but this year he has gained in personality and he has kept his work-rate, so he has been much more efficient.
‘What also played a big role in his growth was that Mikel Arteta was not there for a while and that he had to take the responsibility of being the playmaker of the team.
‘He was one of the best players in England this year. He would get into the Arsenal team. I always had an eye on him since he was at Ajax.’
Pienaar is in contract dispute with Everton after failing to reach agreement on new terms. He has one season left and Everton would prefer to keep him prompting David Moyes’s valuation of around £18m for the 28-year-old. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal will make Joe Cole their highest earner after the World Cup as they prepare to beat off competition from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotsur, according to reports.
Cole, 28, rejected a deal from Chelsea after demanding parity with the likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry, despite missing the bulk of last season with a serious injury, but Arsenal are prepared to give him that.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners will offer Islington-born Cole £135,000 per week in a packet that works out as £4 million per year plus an additional £2.5 million a year in signing-on fees.
A source told the Daily Star: “The offer is on the table and has been agreed in principle by both parties.
“The only way Joe won’t go to Arsenal is if he suffers an injury during the World Cup or another club comes in with an improved offer late on. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly enquired about the availability of Everton’s Phil Jagielka, as the Frenchman searches for a solution to his centre-back problem.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunner’s chief sees the England defender as the perfect replacement for William Gallas or Sol Campbell, who are both expected to leave the Emirates this summer.
Wenger is believed to have contacted Everton over Jagielka’s availability, but was told it may take £15 million to prise him away from Goodison Park with the Merseysiders reluctant to sell. (Goal.com)
This trio represents a real effort on Wenger’s behalf to bring in the type of players he must realise he needs in order to give his side a good balance of youth and experience. All three have something to offer the side and should go some way to ending a five year barren spell.
The Everton pair will of course be tricky to snare with David Moyes trying his best to avoid a Lescott/Rooney type situation. He may however fail as the likes of Pienaar, more than Jagielka, are likely to push for just such a move feeling that it is the best way to progress their individual careers.
The real jewel though would be the capture of Joe Cole. The former Chelsea man is a top notch player who has been there and done it at the highest level. What’s more, he has a point to prove to both his former Stamford Bridge employers and Fabio Capello. At 28 he still has a great deal to offer and that is why the best clubs in Europe have been linked with a move for the attacker.
Arsene Wenger stated earlier today that in relation to new signings “There will be something happening before the end of the World Cup – certainly on the defensive side.” So the next few weeks should be very interesting for Gunners fans.