Nasri Holding Out for £110k a Week
Samir Nasri could be on his way out of Arsenal after turning down a new £90,000-a-week deal at the club.
The France international is out of contract in 2012 and has sat down with Arsene Wenger to discuss a new deal, but Nasri wants £110,000 a week, the same as club skipper Cesc Fabregas and if the two parties fail to come to an agreement then the 23-year-old could be on his way out of the Emirates.
Wenger is hopeful of reaching an agreement with Nasri and earlier this week he told a French radio station ‘We have a financial disagreement which hasn’t yet been settled. We are still in discussions but we haven’t agreed a deal.”
But despite facing the prospect of losing one of his star turns, Wenger is adamant as to where he won’t be going:
“One thing’s for sure, we’re not selling him to United,” he added.
No New Fabregas Bid from Barca
Barcelona have yet to rekindle their interest in Cesc Fabregas, according to Arsene Wenger.
Rumours have circulated that the European champions are to put in a new bid for their former youth team player but Wenger says that he has yet to receive a new approach for the midfielder.
“There was an interest from Barcelona last year which I won’t hide,” he said.
“This year there hasn’t been an interest. My No 1 wish is to keep Fabregas – for me he is the best midfielder in the world and we naturally built the team around him.”
Wenger added that he would like to sign a player in the style of Tony Adams or Martin Keown this summer as he tries to plug the centre of his side’s defence.
“We beat Man United, Chelsea – but we dropped points when the game became typically English,” he said. “You put a high ball up and get stuck in. It’s at that point where we lost points.”
Arsenal have been linked with a number of central defenders including Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Blackburn’s Chris Samba and Everton’s Phil Jagielka.
Bendtner Will Go For Around £12m
Nicklas Bendtner’s father reckons his son will leave Arsenal for around £12 million.
Thomas Bendtner, who is also his son’s agent, said that while he isn’t privy to the fee that Arsenal are demanding £12 million sounds about right.
“He has been higher, but the price goes down when he is not playing enough,” said Bendtner senior.
“Nicklas has all the qualities to live up to that sort of money and we can easily find him a club which wants to pay that amount of money.”
Bayern Munich have shown an interest in the Denmark international who has grown frustrated at Arsenal following a disappointing season and looks set to become part of Arsene Wenger’s clearout following a sixth successive season without a trophy.