Arsenal close to a double deal! But it’s out, not in as strikers Gervinho and Chamakh find their way close to the Emirates exit door. Gervinho has received interests from Serie A side AS Roma who have reached the Gunners with an offer worth £8 million. According to Talk sport and several other sources, Roma director Walter Sabatini will fly into London to hold talks with Arsenal officials before jetting to America, where Roma are currently on tour.
Although, Gervinho arrived with a decent reputaion from France, he failed to live-up to the expectation from the word go. The Ivorian never really showed glimpses of potential that he along with Chelsea winger Hazard showed with Lille that won them the Ligue 1 title. In his final season in the French league, he reached double figures for both goals and assists.
Even started off quite well last season, with a couple of quick fire goals in the opening round of matches. But then the way he scored the goals, his movement around the box, never really helped the Gunners. Maybe he is not an Arsenal-esque player.
In other news, another Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh after spending a season long loan at West Ham, it is alleged that the Moroccan may find his way out of the Emirates permanently with Crystal Palace among the clubs that are targeting him.
Talking about the transfers after their pre-season friendly against Napoli last night, Arsene Wenger said,
“Gervinho we are at the moment close to an agreement with a club where he should go. Bendtner we are nowhere. At the moment he is completely here,” he told reporters. Chamakh might go somewhere, it will be decided in the next 48 hours. [They are] permanent moves.”
He also went on to play mind games with the media, when he added:
“I wouldn’t like to talk openly about negotiations because that is not my target in the press conference. I can just repeat what I said yesterday: until the 31st, which is one month in front of us, we will work very hard to strengthen our squad without naming any specific names because I don’t believe that will make negotiations easier.
“After that you can make all kinds of thinking about the prices of the players.
“When you want to buy any player you need the agreement of the club and the agreement of the player and you need to agree a price. So you need three agreements.
“It is like you go to your neighbour and say: ‘I want to buy your house, so get out tomorrow morning.’ He will not be necessarily happy about it.
“We will treat every transfer with the rules we have always followed and in a fair, respectful way. That is our club. Other clubs do it differently and that is their problem. But we are completely faithful to the values we think are important here.”