Arsenal Transfer Bid Balls: Gonazalo Higuain stalls, Wayne Rooney fails and Luis Suarez laughs
TRANSFER Balls: Anorak’s daily look at news of player movements in the national press focuses on Arsenal. With a purported £75m to spend on players, the Gunners have set their sights on Gonazalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester Untied) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool).
The mood among Arsenal fans is one of cynical amusement. Is the Gunners’ plan to bid big money for star talent in the knowledge that the deals are unlikely to happen?
Let’s start with Higuain:
On July 6, the Sun screamed:
ARSENAL last night smashed their transfer record when they agreed a £23million fee for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Today the Sun reports:
GONZALO HIGUAIN’S future is still undecided, according to Real Madrid sources.
Those sources are shadowy. But all the Sun need do is wait for Arsenal to make an announcement that Higuan has been hired – which they haven’t.
Back in June, Arsenal bid £20 for Rooney. That failed.
And then David Moyes said on his first press conference as United manager:
“Wayne Rooney is not for sale. He’s a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player. I’ve had several meetings with Wayne, he’s training brilliantly well, he’s come back in good shape and I really look forward to working with him.”
But, then, this is Moyes who in 2009, said of his Everton players:
“I have already said there will be no players sold at Everton and I do not feel I need to say any more. The board have never sold a player from me, it will only be at my discretion. I said it at the end of the season and I do not need to say any more.”
One month later, Everton sold Joleon Lescott to Manchester City.
But would Arsenal really get Rooney, a player on £250,000-a-week at United? Any Arsenal fans think they will?
He’s got a £40m release clause in his Liverpool contract and has been upset by his portrayal as the font of all evil in the British press. So. What do Arsenal bid for his services? Yep. £30m. And – shock of shocks – it’s rejected. The BBC notes:
…it is understood an approach was made and instantly rejected.
Look out for Arsenal bidding high-but-not-high-enough for Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and whoever else they won’t get.
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