It is being reported this morning that Arsenal have moved on from the pursuit of Luis Suarez from Liverpool and have turned their attention to the prolific Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o, who is now looking for a new home following the financial demise of the Anzhi president Suleiman Kerimov.
There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board will take the news about the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala as a clear endorsement of the Gunners way of doing things. Our self-sustaining financial model is hust about the diametric opposite of the way that Anzhi have been doing business since being taken over by the billionaire Suleyman Kerimov less than three years ago.
With no progress forthcoming on Bacary Sagna’s contract extension at Arsenal, it is looking more and more likely that the French defender will be leaving the Emirates this summer. According to the ex-Man United star Andrei Kanchelskis, who is currently assistant manager at FC Volga in the Russian Premier League, Sagna is a target for the moneybags team Anzhi Makhachkala who could let Wenger cash in on his 30 year-old right-back.
Mario Gotze was always going to be one of the more difficult to acquire of the Arsenal transfer targets this summer. Now it appears that difficult has become impossible. The German newspaper Bild has reported that an agreement has been reached between Gotze, his current club Borussia Dortmund and the club that have just taken the German Bundesliga title away from them, Bayern Munich.
Arsenal are set to face serious competition from the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala over the Barcelona and Spanish national keeper Victor Valdes. The Russian’s are owned by Dagestani billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and he has no qualms about spending money. The Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o was signed from Inter Milan for £25 million in 2011 and is now the best paid footballer in the world on 20 million euros a year.
Anzhi Makachkala and Zenit St Petersburg are both said to be keeping a keen eye on the Nicklas Bendtner situation, with a view to bringing him to Russia in a £10Mllion+ move.
The Dane’s agent is quoted as saying: “We’ve had contact several times with Russian teams.
Arsenal will be signing at least one defender this summer, that much is clear. With Squillachi’s contract due to end and Johan Djourou hoping for a permanent move to Hannover where he is currently on loan, Arsenal have just three centre backs. Even if you think they are good enough, that leaves the Gunners one short in the squad, but most Gooners would agree that Arsene Wenger needs to sign a central defender who will improve the starting line up, not just be cover.
It was only a few wekks ago when the name of Fernando Amorebieta was relatively unknown in England. That was before the Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with a transfer to Arsenal. Now the Venezuelan international is being tracked by a host of clubs, including Everton, Liverpool and Stoke City. The latest club to show concrete interest in the 27-year old is the Russian outfit Anzhi Makachkala, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.