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Friday, July 29, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Gossip - 2 buys - 1 sale - and Barca still broke

The pre-season trundles on with the Emirates Cup tournament on this weekend in North London - but it also looks like manager Arsene Wenger is finally getting to re-organise his side.

Arsenal have raised their offer for Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka to £15m. That's a pretty fair offer I reckon this one has a good chance of going through.

The Gunners also appear to be close to signing Valencia winger Juan Mata in a £19m deal after the 23-year-old "told friends" he was moving to the Emirates Stadium. I know - I know - complete bollocks of a source - but there you go.

Nicklas Bendtner looks set to leave Arsenal, with a £9m move to Sporting Lisbon in the offing after he was spotted in Portugal.

Frankly, I'm surprised that they can afford his wages - but if we can sell Bendtner for that then it's good business for a player who never matched his talk with the same accuracy in front of goal.

Arsenal have also moved to end uncertainty over Cesc Fabregas by e-mailing Barcelona and telling them to meet their £40m valuation by Sunday or forget about signing the midfielder. So far Barca have tentatively offered around £25m about a fortnight ago ... they're skint.

The Daily Mirror goes with a similar story but is saying Thursday 5 August is the deadline instead - suggesting it's all newspaper hype designed to sell more copies.

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