Thursday, 2 June 2011

Transfer update - Higuain, Menez, McCarthy

Well I said I wouldn't do an update unless we signed anyone...

Well, we haven't. But I woke up early-ish again, and couldn't get back to sleep, so I trawled the internet for the latest Arsenal rumours, just for you guys.

The first rumour is the one that links us to Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid. We've been linked with him before, and it didn't happen. This time, the Daily Mirror claims that he's available for £15 million, alerting us, Liverpool and Sp*rs. What player that we're linked with isn't immediately linked with Sp*rs? They pretty much try and sign every player we do. 

Anyway, I can't see Higuain being available, and certainly not for that price. Although Real do have a history of offloading players for cut-price deals (van der Vaart to name one) they haven't got an awful lot of strikers. Higuain and Benzema are their two natural strikers, and they play Ronaldo up there a lot too. I think Higuain's availability will come down to what Real do this summer - they've been heavily linked with Aguero, and at one point the deal seemed all but done. There remains a little uncertainty over him joining, but I still think he's headed to the Bernabeu.

I think Mourinho would be happy with three top class strikers in Aguero, Benzema and Ronaldo, seeing as he only signed Adebayor as cover for injured/out of form players, so if Aguero did end up crossing the Madrid divide, then I think Higuain would be a possibility. He's a player that Arsene admires, like Benzema (who he called an "interesting" player) and for £15 million I could see him making a move for Higuain. Personally, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I'm a big fan of Higuain, and at one point he was one of the top strikers in the world.

Another striker we're linked with is Jeremy Menez. RMC Radio have reported that Roma are going to offer the French international for our French international. Oh... the one who plays in defence... er, the full back... the one who can't cross... Gael Clichy. Apparently Menez will be just one player who Vincenzo Montello looks to offload this summer. 

To be honest, other than knowing how rubbish he is on FIFA (seriously, don't sign him in your careers) I don't know an awful lot about how good this lad is. I'll have to ask around for a little more information about him, but until then I can't comment on the rumour myself.

The final rumour is that of Wigan midfielder James McCarthy. Again, it's the Mirror that are linking him with us. They say that the chairman Dave Whelan has admitted they'll have to sell the player if he wants to leave, and that Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are interested.

I'm fairly sure we were interested in him when he was at Hamilton Academical in Scotland, only for him to opt for first team football at Wigan. That's fair enough, as he wouldn't have played much at all at any of the big clubs he was linked with. He still probably wouldn't play much at Arsenal, but I think he's a tidy player who would be an excellent squad player. Whether or not he would be happy as such is anybody's guess.

That's about it on the transfer front for now - more later probably.


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