Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is in London today in an attempt to finally sort out the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga. The mail reports that Kroenke came to the capital to attend the members day at the Emirates. But, says the paper, more importantly the American tycoon hopes his trip to England will resolve the long-running uncertainty over Fabregas’ protracted switch to Barcelona. Kroenke led high-level talks, which also included chief executive Ivan Gazidis. They discussed Barca’s latest offer of £35million – though £5million of that fee would be made up of add-ons and incentive based payments, it is claimed.
Today’s Sun claims that Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott could miss the start of the season. Both have ankle problems and will miss Arsenal’s final pre-season friendly against Benfica in Lisbon tomorrow. And they face a race against time to be fit for the opening Premier League clash at Newcastle on Saturday week.
Back in the Mail and it is claimed that discussions with Everton over an improved £15million offer for Phil Jagielka are in deadlock. We have already had a £12million bid refused but are keen to strike a deal for Jagielka.
Everton want around £18million for Jagielka but it is said we are hesitant to even go as high as £15m given the fact he is 29 this month.
Jagielka is resigned to staying at Goodison Park given our reluctance to pay £15million.
CARL ELDRIDGE – follow me on Twitter @eldomedia.