Arsenal transfer news: Fellaini’s demands and Mendy

Marouane Fellaini

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Marouane Fellaini, Benjamin Mendy and Johan Djourou.

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is apparently keen to join Arsenal this summer, but will demand wages of £100,000 per week, a significant increase on his £75,000 per week wages at Goodison Park.

Arsenal’s tight wage structure means that only two current players, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, earn that amount, but they have signalled their intent to break that tradition this summer with high profile moves for Fellaini and Gonzalo Higuain, who has reportedly already agreed a £130,000 per week deal at the Emirates.

Arsenal would also have to pay £22million to sign Fellaini, with Everton unwilling to sell the Belgian for anything less than his release clause. However Fellaini could be a key addition to their side next season, adding some much-needed physical presence to their midfield as well as a significant goal threat.

Arsenal have apparently bid £2.5million for 18-year-old French left-back Benjamin Mendy, but his current club, Le Havre, want double that amount. The youngster has been a regular for the Ligue 2 side over the past couple of years, and has also impressed in several different age groups for the French national side.

Along with Arsenal, Juventus, Sunderland, Cardiff and Lyon are interested in signing Mendy this summer, and the Gunners will likely to need to meet Le Havre’s price-tag to sign him. The left-back could be brought in as cover for Nacho Monreal and Keiran Gibbs, but whether he would be happy to be third choice could sway his decision.

Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer has said his club are hoping to complete a move for Arsenal defender Johan Djourou this summer. Djourou spent the second half of last season on loan at Hannover, and they are also planning to bid for the Switzerland international, but now face competition from their Bundesliga rivals.

"We would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer," Kreuzer told Bild.

"Johan embodies the style we are looking for.

"He plays the ball constructively forward from the back. He is fast, good at heading and can lead. Plus, he will just reach his best age as a football player.”

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