Emirates boss ready to spend?
Arsenal will make a £35million double bid for Lille’s Eden Hazard and Rennes’ Yann M’Villa this week as manager Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his squad.
The Gunners boss is also planning another attempt to sign Everton defender Phil Jagileka, having already had two bids turned down.
With Samir Nasri expected to complete his £23million move to Manchester City in the next few days, Wenger is sure to enter the market before the window closes on August 31.
Nasri’s switch was stalled over the haggling of agents fee, with the Frenchman’s representatives wanting £3million for pushing the deal through, according to the Daily Mirror.
But Wenger is clearly ready to spend big to try and ease the growing problems at the Emirates after a summer of frustration in the transfer market.
M’Villa, 21, is seen as a midfield enforcer but Rennes do not want to sell and have already knocked back one approach, but a £15million offer could sway them.
The 20-year-old Hazard has been on Wenger’s radar for some time but Lille again do not want to sell their star as they embark on a Champions League campaign.
The Arsenal boss hopes that buy signing Gervinho from the Ligue 1 champions already this summer may tempt Hazard and Lille to compromise over a £25million deal.
Wenger also wants another centre-half with only three currently fit. Youngster Ignasi Miquel and useless Sebastian Squillaci are competing to play alongside Thomas Vermaelen.
Arsenal have had bids of £10m and £12m turned down for Jagielka with Everton reluctant to sell but they will want closer to £20m.
Scott Dann is seen as a back-up signing if the Toffees cannot be convinced to lower their valuation of Jagielka.