Arsene Wenger will dig deep and splash the cash on new recruits for the Arsenal, claims the Mirror this morning..
AW has bid £15million and £20m-plus in for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Lille striker Eden Hazard. And is also said to be going back in for Everton defender Phil Jagielka, says the paper. So around £50million outlay then? Hmm.
The Mail, meanwhile, claims Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted the club may abandon their bid to sign Samir Nasri if he plays in the Champions League for Arsenal on Wednesday.
Nasri played in the 2-0 Premier League defeat by Liverpool after his £22million move to City was held up by a wrangle over agents’ fees, says the paper. Mancini said after City’s 3-2 win at Bolton he hoped to sign Nasri within 24 hours and when asked if the club may look elsewhere if the deal doesn’t get done, he said: “I don’t know. It’s possible but, hopefully, we close in the next 24 hours. If he plays in the Champions League it is a big problem for us. I hope we can have Nasri in the next day but I don’t know when. “We have followed him for 40 days and it’s important we take him. I don’t know why we haven’t closed this.”
It is also reported this morning that Arsenal are set to open talks with Lazio striker Mauro Zarate and hope to have the Argentine in the squad in time for the weekend’s match against Manchester United.