Arsene Wenger has already moved to replace Cesc Fabregas with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson coming to Arsenal, according to reports. We are on the verge of losing Cesc to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £36million, and it seems AW has wasted no time in trying to secure a replacement.
French paper L’Equipe claims the little Brazilian is already in London with his agent, waiting to agree a fee. Although Jadson is contracted to Shakhtar until December 2014, an offer of around £10million is likely to be enough to prize away the midfielder, 27.
AW has admitted Cesc and Samir Nasri are both close to finalising moves away from the club. Nasri is set to move to Manchester City with the clubs close to agreeing a fee between £22m and £24m.
“We hope it will be sorted out very quickly one way or the other,” Wenger said of Fabregas. “The Nasri situation is stable. Again it is very difficult to speak about possible transfers but we are in a situation where we have to make decisions one way or the other. Ideally you want it to be sorted out before the season starts.”
The Mail says a month ago, AW was optimistic of keeping both players, but he has been disappointed by Fabregas’s sulking, and the Arsenal board decided to cash in on Nasri once it became clear he was not going to extend his contract.
Meanwhile, the Mirror claims AW will reinvest money from selling Cesc and Nasri to buy Valencia forward Juan Mata and at least one centre-back. Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Everton’s Phil Jagielka, Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker and Birmingham City’s Scott Dann are all on his list.
Other reports say we have opened talks with Birmingham over Dann, and hope to conclude transfer discussions quickly in order to register the defender before Saturday’s opening game against Newcastle.