Sol Campbell spent the day up in Glasgow yesterday in talks with Celtic about a move up there for next season. The Mirror report there is a two year deal on the table and he will be paid 30,000 a week, I have heard that its only a one year deal – but it matters little.
If Sol wanted to stay that much I reckon it would be done and dusted by now, out of his way before his wedding and his next year secured – this obviously isn’t the case and if the club needed him that much he would have been tied down like a lot of our younger players have been, to new contracts over the past 18 months.
Despite what the paper may make out, the issue isnt the length of the contract – he wants, entirely reasonably, a guarantee of regular football. With Laurent Koscielny arriving imminently, Johann Djourou supposedly returning to full fitness, Havard Nordveit’s return and rumours around a meeting with the representatives of Benfica defender Halliche; I fully expect him to move elsewhere.
It isn’t good from an Arsenal point of view as it is another experienced player lost – from Sol’s point of view it is the best move.
I said yesterday that it wouldn’t surprise me if Koscielny is the only defensive arrival this summer – on second thoughts I may have misjudged Arsene, I hope I stand corrected in a few weeks time. The noises around Halliche may just be that, but moves do finally seem to be being made, and with it being 17 days until the Barnet game (cheers, East Lower), time is running out for a squad.. and more importantly a defence, to gel.
Slowly, things are picking up. I can feel the optimism brewing.