Bayern Munich is set to beat Arsenal to the signature of Espanyol midfielder, Marc Roca.
The Spaniard has been a target of Arsenal this summer as Mikel Arteta considered an alternative to Thomas Partey.
He was relegated with Espanyol last season, but he remains one of the best players of the Catalan side.
He has been targeted by Bayern Munich for a long time as well, with the Germans failing in their bid to sign him earlier in the year.
Espanyol had wanted his 40m euros release clause to be paid all along, but now that they will struggle to pay his wage in the Spanish second division, they have decided to take a fee lower than the release clause.
Marca claims that he is on his way to Germany to have his medical with the European champions.
If everything goes to plan as expected, he will sign for them for a fee of between 10-15m euros.
Arsenal has just missed out on signing Houssem Aouar as Lyon halts the sales of any of their current players (The Sun), they might make a last-ditch attempt to land Roca even though he is in Germany already.
Wasn’t he named as Partey’s possible replacement at Atletico?….. everyone just becomes our target someway somehow
This window has to be the most frustrating….. now 2 days are seeming like 2 months….. It should just end already! 😀
Two days to go and we are in the outhouse. Occasionally Wenger made a good last minute signing, I don’t think Edu and Arteta will have an earthly to do the same. There are some great players left to sign but if Arteta is in love with an unobtainable player like Aouar, we have wasted four weeks chasing nobody. We could have bought Aouar a month ago. There is something wrong with the finance people at Arsenal, in a very bad way. We have two days to go and Arteta’s promise to Aubameyang, to get players, looks like a false promise. Boubakary Soumare is still available, Said Benrahma is still available, Amadou Diawara is still available. So wake up Edu and do the business.
Sky reporting that we remain keen on Jorginho ,so that’s enough internet for one day for me before I blow a fuse .
Lol me too Dan I’m shutting down for the night 😂
God or so Bad we buy Chelsea crap mind you it’s probably a loan because we or so bad at buying players that’s all we or good at getting in loan players
We’ll start getting players from the ‘Chelsea Pensioners’ in the Royal Hospital Chelsea soon. Wilian 32, Jorginho nearly 29. What cheap shysters Arsenal have become….and I’ve supported them for over 60 years. Never thought I would see that day.
Arteta should wake up Edu
Do NOT want another chelsea cast of ffs…
Bring in quality or play the youngsters.
Marc Roca, a very good player, who had a poorer season for him in 2019/20 along with his team mates, as Espanyol were relegated. He was still their best player.
How is it that Roca attracts the interest of Atletico Madrid and now Bayern Munich, but wasn’t good enough for Arsenal at about €20 million? Bayern Munich did normally misjudge players. Similarly Everton gets the buy of the season with Doucoure at £20 million. There have been many good available midfielders a fair prices, who are upgrades on current players, if Arsenal didn’t have the funds to get Partey and Aouar.
Who is in charge of the Arsenal “asylum”, if Arsenal believe a midfield choice of 3 or 4 of Xhaka, Elneny, Cellabos, Ozil, AMN, ESR, Willock (remembering Torreira is gone) is good enough to take the Club up the table?
Just so some on here know what excellent midfielders look like, these are the midfielders Arsenal had to choose from in their last EPL winning team in 2003/04:
Bentley (played 1 game)
A young Cesc Fabrigas didn’t get a game.
Bergkamp could also drop back as a #10 if not played in a 4-4-2 along side Henry.
Arsenal hasn’t won the League since.