International teammate: "£15m Arsenal target is worth record transfer fee"

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David Marshall has recently been linked with a £15m move to Arsenal - and Scotland teammate Shaun Maloney says he's worth the money.

Whilst Arsenal may have finished fourth as Cardiff suffered relegation in their first Premier League season, the Gunners have been linked with a swoop on the Bluebirds after goalkeeper Marshall excelled in the top flight. The 29-year-old was Cardiff's star player throughout the season, and his superb displays have now seen him become a target for some of England's biggest clubs.

Arsene Wenger's men are one of those teams, with the Frenchman looking to add another goalkeeper behind first choice Wojciech Szczesny after the departure of Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano. Depth is an issue for Wenger, but whilst Marshall would be an excellent addition, it's believed that the Welsh club are looking for a £15m fee - which would be a record not only for a Scottish player, but also for a British goalkeeper.

Despite some having doubts over whether Marshall is worth the £15m fee, international team mate Maloney - who also played with Marshall during their time together with Celtic - says that the fee is suitable for a player of Marshall's ability.

"The value is just a reflection of the way the game is in the Premiership," said Maloney. "You see players going between English clubs for big sums so it wouldn’t be a surprise. I don’t think any club who are interested will get him at a reduced price just because he’s dropped to the Championship. In fact, Cardiff might want to keep him because of the lure of the finances if they get back into the Premiership. That might dictate they want to hold on to him."

"But certainly in terms of the teams being linked with him, I don’t think there’s a great gulf between David and the keepers they already have," added the Wigan Athletic midfielder. "David was touted for the Premiership team of the season so it’s been an excellent campaign for him. If he gets a move back to the Premiership he’ll have fully deserved it. I’d say it is inevitable that he’ll be linked with a move but you have to respect the fact his team are owned by someone who has put a lot of money into the club."

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