A quick round-up of where we stand on various transfers as we approach the final few hours of the summer transfer window:
Ju Young Park was officially announced this afternoon, the arrival means that the exit of Nicklas Bendtner is more probable, though nothing is currently in place. That situation could change very rapidly, especially considering the players desire to leave the club. It is very unlikely at this stage that the rumours of a Marouane Chamakh loan will come to fruition.
Per Mertesacker is poised to join Andre Santos in signing for Arsenal. Though not officially announced, medicals were completed yesterday and personal terms have been agreed. Santos has been granted his work permit already and both deals look set to be announced by the club Wednesday morning.
Arsenal have made an enquiry as the availability of Owen Hargreaves recently, the perma-crock is set to sign for Man City for some unbeknown reason.
Other names mentioned are Yossi Benayoun, of whom we have made an enquiry about, we have had a reported €40m bid rejected for Mario Gotze and Dortmund are unwilling to sell at this point in time – Arsenal also inquired as the availability of Marouane Fellaini of Everton, who would sell at the right price due to financial troubles. Everton are tricky negotiators though and time would be against the move.
As well as Benayoun, Arsenal are also keeping their options open on Florent Malouda according to John Cross – it seems that there is definitely something brewing between the two clubs but nobody has no real idea of what it is. It wouldn’t be surprising if we did some business.
Armand Traore has left the club for QPR.
As things currently stand, there are no deals in place for Eden Hazard or Yann M’Vila – both clubs are demanding massive fees and there is just not enough time to really get the deals done. Both clubs would be reticent to lose players of their importance at such late notice in the window and their value is highly unlikely to drop over the period of time the transfer window is shut. These two will probably run on into January at least.
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