So far in this frustrating transfer window, Wenger has only locked in the arrival of promising young defender Carl Jenkinson in a £1million deal from Charlton, however Wenger is keen to further bolster a squad which again failed to deliver a trophy last season. Arsenal are expected to push through a deal for Bolton’s England defender Gary Cahill, with unsettled Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner a possible makeweight to help match differing valuations, and either/also Blackburn’s Congo international Christopher Samba.
Lille suggest Arsenal are yet to formalise their interest in £10m-rated Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, whose preferred destination is the Emirates Stadium, and Argentina youngster Ricky Alvarez is another on Wenger’s radar along with Bayer Leverkusen’s Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The addition of Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be confirmed at the start of July ahead of Arsenal’s Far East tour, which will include games in Malaysia and China.
However, Spain midfielder Mata, who apparently Arsenal made a record breaking bid for, maintains his only focus is on achieving more success at Valencia rather than making a £20million move to the Gunners. The 23-year-old is planning to take some time off after helping the Under-21s win their European Championship in Denmark. He told SuperDeporte: “I just want to disconnect. I am not thinking about my future at the moment.
This is a disconcerting time for Arsenal fans with Fabregas’ transfer looking more likely than ever before, and still no word of renewed contracts for Nasri and Clichy (which we were told would be settled this week). If Wenger doesn’t finalise any signings very soon it will be a long and even more frustrating transfer window indeed…