As the season approaches the end, we are expecting an avalanche of Arsenal transfer rumours with so many of the Gunners’ stars approaching the final year of their contracts, and they are getting off the ground earlier than usual.
To start with we have the Ivory Coast international midfielder Jean Seri, who has been involved in 15 goals this season despite playing at lowly Nice, including 6 goals. Their president Jean-Pierre Rivere, has confirmed that the 25 year-old’s release clause is £33m, and although there has been no mention of Arsenal, we are being named as a possible destination. “Seri has a clause worth €40m [£33m],” Rivere said. “It made everyone smile when we put this clause in two years ago.
“At that price, he will be free. Without it, we do not have the intention to sell him for the moment.
“Even if people do not take clauses seriously in France, they deserve some sort of respect.
“If tomorrow, a club offers the clause for Jean, he will go.”
He sounds like a good buy, but do Arsenal really need any more midfielders? Another reason I think it’s unlikely is the fact that he wants to be guaranteed to be a starter, and no-one gets that guarantee at the Emirates. “There are a lot of clubs that follow me. But there is nothing done,” Seri declared.
“If I leave, it will be to join a club where there is a real desire to play football as in Nice. And I’m not going to be on the bench, I’m leaving only if I know I’m going to play.” Good luck with that, Jean!
Of course, according to most rumours, Sead Kolasinac is already an Arsenal player, with reports saying that he is going to sign a 5 year-contract with us. He is versatile and at a price that Arsene Wenger is bound to like, FREE!
Riyad Mahrez is again being linked with us, and he is definitely one player I would like to arrive, especially if Alexis Sanchez leaves a hole in our left wing, but it seems that we will have competition from many other top clubs for the Leicester star, and we can assume we will have no chance unless we actually get into the Top Four…
Another player linked to Arsenal, is the 25 year-old Ben Gibson, who is expected to leave Middlesbrough now they have been relegated. The price is being quoted between 25m and 30m, but with our new formation, the great form of Rob Holding, and the expected arrival of Kolasinac, I doubt very much we will be in for yet another defender this summer, but you never know…..