According to many sources, including the Telegraph, the Sun, the Mirror and the Daily Mail, big spending club Manchester City are attempting to lure away two first team regulars, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, from the Emirates.
It has been reported that Clichy is in the final stages of the switch with a fee of £7m agreed upon between the two clubs, with only the need to pass a medical and agree upon personal terms. If indeed Fabregas departs, Clichy will become the last of the infamous Invincibles squad to leave although in saying this, his contribution in defence over the last two terms have been suspect a number of times.
With Clichy reportedly almost at the Eastlands, City now re-adjust their focus to attacking midfielder Nasri in an attempt to further decimate our midfield and facilitate an even larger exodus from Arsenal. With Sir Alex Ferguson expected to enter into talks with the midfielder, City are prepared to offer in the region of £180,000 a week to simply lure Nasri to the Eastlands with their unrivalled stores of money.
Although Arsenal are desperate to keep their midfield maestro, the lack of activity in the transfer window has seen Nasri refuse to sign a contract extension in the belief that Arsenal cannot compete with top clubs without new top-class payers. Worries are now deepening at the Emirates and the pressure now falls on Wenger to finally complete some of the many transfer rumours we have been hearing in the last few weeks, or risk losing one of the best players we have.
Hearing about the potential exit of some of our regular first team players is certainly very worrying news to all Arsenal fans. If not before, the need to act now in the transfer window is surely critical to ensure Nasri believes in the future of Arsenal and stays at the Emirates. I, as well as many others I suspect, believe the loss of both Fabregas and Nasri would leave extremely large boots to fill and would be extremely hard to recover from.