Arsenal eye up double Swansea swoop
The club are trying to respond to the criticism it has received over its lack of transfer business this window – especially after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa brought scenes of mass protest from many of the home fans.
The only signing they have made this season is Yaya Sanogo, a 20-year-old French striker, and they have failed in their pursuits of Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Luis Gustavo.
Furthermore, The Arsenal Supports’ Trust has now called for the suspension in talks to extend manager Arsene Wenger’s contract, which expires this summer.
The London Evening Standard has reported that the Gunners are due to break their signings duck with the double purchase of Michu and Williams from the Swans.
The Spaniard enjoyed a hugely successful debut season in English football, netting 18 Premier League goals in 35 starts. Swansea would price their player at around £25m, and would find a bid that high hard to reject, especially as manager Michael Laudrup is still keen to add to his squad.
Penny pinching Wenger, however, is reluctant to go that high – in part because of the knowledge that City only paid £2m for the 27-year-old last season.
But, with the Gunners missing out on their other forward options, a deal for Michu could suddenly be back on the table – especially with Liverpool and Manchester United’s assurances that Suraez and Rooney won’t be sold in this transfer window.
The deal for defender Williams could be back on as well. Arsenal has a £6m bid for him rejected this month, but a compromise could be reached if they were to offer £10m for the Welshmen.