Arsenal Ready to Offload £4m Liability and Replace Him With £3m Veteran

Its time for a change of custodian at the Emirates.

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Manuel Almunia is wanted by his first club Osasuna, a transfer which could rekindle Arsenal’s move for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Almunia has been left under no illusions that Arsene Wenger is ready to replace him as No 1.

The 33-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has also attracted interest from Atletico Madrid but Wenger may be forced to accept a bargain price for Almunia in order to create the space in his squad for Schwarzer, 37.

Arsenal have not been back to Fulham since their initial £2million bid for the veteran Aussie ‘keeper was rejected last month but they remain interested.

Fulham’s search for a new manager goes on, with Mark Hughes back in the running.

Reports that Hughes priced himself out of the job by insisting on his own coaching team appear to be wide of the mark. (Daily Mail)

It seems that Manuel Almunia does not have much of a hope of retaining his spot as Arsenal’s number one and after six years at the club could be ready to move back to La Liga and make way for Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer.

Arsene Wenger is desperately trying to resolve his keeping crisis and having made one rather small offer for the Aussie 37 year old is apparently ready to bump up his offer to £3m, which given the age of the former Middlesbrough man and his insistence on the move, seems a decent price.

Spaniard Almunia has thus far played no part in pre-season friendlies and seems on his way out before the transfer window closes at the end of August. The 33 year old made a catalogue of errors last season and Wenger is ready to give up on the former Celta Vigo man as long as a bid of some substance is made.

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