News and gossip from The Emirates this past 24 hours
Arsenal are prepared to pay the £3.5 million necessary to pry Mohamed Diame away from West Ham United. The Senegalese midfielder has been in sensational form since signing for The Hammers this summer on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic. However he has a release clause in that contract and despite West Ham chairman David Gold confirming that the club were in talks over a new deal with the dynamic midfielder at the moment those talks have stalled and Arsenal are in pole position to take full advantage.
It comes as Arsene Wenger has stressed the club are willing to ‘spend big’ in January - as long as the money is spent on the right transfer targets. He insists that the club does not want to buy a plethora of talented players instead relying on rearing the core of the team; presumably talents such as Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny while bringing in players to add to that from outside the club. However news that there is money to spend will be welcomed by Arsenal fans who saw their side defeated with ease by Manchester City at the weekend.
Reports out of Spain have indicated Atletico Madrid are prepared to allow Adrian Lopez to join the Gunners. Atletico are busy lining up a replacement, and when they complete their moves they will look at sanctioning a sale at the right price.
Arsenal along with Manchester United are among Premier League teams threatening legal action in the event that Uefa do not go ahead with their Financial Fair Play regulations. They are concerned that clubs such as Manchester City; who operate at huge losses will find loopholes to avoid the regulations and want to be sure that the rules are properly enforced as originally promised back in 2010.
Arsenal have reportedly been offered Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff on a cut-price deal. The French club are looking to lose his massive salary from their wage-bill and are willing to talk to clubs offering anything in the region of £3million. Spartak Moscow are also reportedly in the running while Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the player but his injury record in recent years may prove a stumbling block.
Gervinho insists he has no intention of ever leaving The Emirates in fact he wants to become the clubs greatest ever player. The forward, currently away on international duty with the Ivory Coast, spoke of his desire to remain at the special club for a very long time and also said the passion of the English fans was one of the main pleasures of playing in the UK.
Finally and Arsenal have been linked with a move for Marseille playmaker Mathieu Valbuena. The French international could be available for transfer as Marseille investigate their wages and Wenger is reportedly a long-term admirer of his countryman.
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