Arsene Wenger has tabled an offer of only £6m, plus extras, for England international defender Gary Cahill – just a third of Bolton’s valuation of the player. That’s according to the Daily Mirror this morning.
The paper says Arsenal have turned their attention to Cahill after failing with a £12m offer for Everton’s Phil Jagielka, and stepping back from Blackburn skipper Chris Samba because of his price-tag.
The report says our move for Cahill is ‘bizarre’ as Owen Coyle has made no secret of his willingness to sell – at a fair price. Bolton insiders claim the Arsenal bid is ‘taking the mickey.’
Cahill is in the last year of his deal and is eager to join an elite club, but Bolton will not accept a low offer or any effort to destabilise their star man. Wanderers paid £5m for Cahill and now value him at £17m
Meanwhile there are reports that Arsenal could be dealt a further setback in the aim to rebuild the side, as Tomas Rosicky is thinking of moving away from the Emirates amid interest from Wolfsburg.
Elsewhere the Mail claims the Gunners have entered the race to sign France’s latest teenage sensation M’Baye Niang. The 16-year-old striker is already in Caen’s first team.
The Telegraph says Cesc Fabregas believes that Arsenal must make the Emirates as “special’’ a home as Highbury, adding that the process will begin when his former team start winning trophies.
Told that Samir Nasri had dissed Gooners’ lack of passion since moving from Highbury to the Ems, Cesc said: “I think you should ask the proper fans that pay every year for season tickets. I never felt as at home at any other stadium in the world as I did at Highbury but it was not my decision to move, it was the club’s decision. It was what they needed.
“Highbury was a special thing. Arsenal have to make the Emirates their own home now and with their own cabinet of trophies to start all over again.”
The Sun says Nasri has ‘slammed’ the Arsenal for lacking ambition. He said: “I started talks with Arsenal about a contract extension last October. But June came around and I had not heard any news and I could not see any players being brought in during the transfer window.
“At a given point you have to make an investment. I would hear from time to time it was ‘a question of money’. It’s fair to say I will earn a good living at City. But I am 24, I have reached a turning point in my career and it was important for me to join a club that matched my ambitions. I see myself more likely to win trophies at City now than if I had stayed at Arsenal.
“City have an enormous squad but the competition for places will make me challenge myself and improve my game. I won’t retreat into a comfort zone — and maybe that is what I did when I was at Arsenal.
“Joining City is a risk but you take risks throughout your life. In any case, I am not afraid — I weighed up the pros and the cons. I did not see myself leaving England. The question arose of whether to go to United or City.
“But I prefer to make history with a club, rather than be just one player among the rest. I spoke with Patrick Vieira at City — they are the club of the future. My transfer has been a real saga. It’s a huge relief to have finally signed and I am very happy.”