Arsenal FC latest transfer news and rumours, Aug 28
With having turned down the option to pay well over the odds for loan singing Nuri Sahin – the sensible move of the summer – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is back to his wily ways this week with a bid for Barcelona’s Ibrahim Affelay, who is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.
Commenting on Dutch football show Studio Voetbal, Afellay’s agent Rob Jansen announced that the out of favour attacker is looking to resume his playing career outside of Spain, which will entertain Arsenal, who have long been linked with the 26-year-old for some time.
Barcelona signed Afellay at the beginning of January 2011 with high hopes, however a sequence of knee injuries has kept him out of the first team.
Now Jansen has admitted it is time for Afellay to move on. “We are talking about a loan move here,” he told Studio Voetbal. “It all depends on Barcelona though… we are in talks with several clubs.”
Arsenal are keeping their options open should the situation turn sour and will enquire over the availability of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, after retreating from an earlier decision to bid for teammate Tiote.
Wenger said: ‘I’m pleased with what I have, but yes I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder? It depends on the quality of the players available. Tiote is a good player, but he’s not on the way to Arsenal.’
It is thought that Wenger will also make a last ditch attempt to sign a central defender as an extra precautionary measure.