Emirates boss will surely not even consider paying ridiculous valuation.
Arsenal have been told they must pay £25million to prise Emir Spahic away from Montpellier.
The Gunners are in the market for a central defender and keen on the Bosnia defender – with Spahic even claiming that a move to north London was close to being agreed.
‘The most important thing is that so far the negotiations go as planned and that the transfer could be completed soon,’ Spahic said on Wednesday.
However, Montpellier insist there has been no contact and club president Loulou Nicollin warned that Spahic would come with a hefty price tag.
‘He has three years of his contract left,’ Nicollin told French newspaper L’Equipe. ‘(But) if he wants to leave, nobody is irreplaceable.
‘He is worth three times Koscielny,’ who Arsenal signed from L’orient for £8.5m in July.
‘To date we have had absolutely no contact with Arsenal or anyone else.
‘I believe Arsenal is a great club which first talks with the people involved before starting anything.’
Montpellier were stunned by Spahic’s claims and boss Rene Girard phoned Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to be reassured.
‘I can tell you one thing. Spahic is a Montpellier player,’ said Girard. ‘Wenger has a clear and honest way of working. If he wanted me to take his position at Arsenal tomorrow, he will call me first to tell me.’ (Daily Mail)
Will Arsene even consider putting in such a bid for the 29 year old? It seems highly unlikely. It is quite bizarre that the Bosnian defender would claim an actual approach for his services if it wasn’t true, but clearly it got his name out there so perhaps the idea was to do a bit of self promotion for himself?
The Gunners boss is still looking for another defensive option and having failed in his pursuit of Phil Jagielka as well as Per Mertesacker one wonders who the Arsenal manager is hoping to snare before the transfer window slams shut.
Having lost the experienced trio of William Gallas, Mikel Silvestre and Sol Campbell there is clearly a need to make signings before the season kicks off otherwise the club could find themselves stretched at the back. With any luck Johan Djourou will finally fulfil his undoubted potential and the north London club will be hoping that Thomas Vermaelen puts in another top notch season as he did in his debut season.
Last term Arsenal had some severe problems in the attacking third when a series of injuries left them without any recognised strikers just as they entered the crucial phase of season and will hope that a similar chain of events doesn’t befall them at the back this time around.