COMMENTARY | Arsenal F.C. is eyeing talented trio Gonzalo Higuaín, Marouane Fellaini, and Clément Grenier. However, Real Madrid (Higuaín's current club) appears to be keen on starting a bidding war between Arsenal and Italian club Juventus over the striker. The Spanish club has Edinson Cavani and Gareth Bale on top of their wish list, and while these two players will definitely not come cheap, creating a bidding war for Higuaín would help raise funds for the pricey duo of Cavani and Bale.
Goal.com reports that the Gunners are waiting for Everton's permission to speak with Fellaini and his agent. The website has also reported that Arsenal has triggered Fellaini's £22 million buy-out clause, something that has yet to be confirmed. The lanky midfielder enjoyed a tremendous 2012-2013 season at Everton, and could very well want to move on to one of the top Premier League clubs this summer. Manchester United and Manchester City could possibly have an edge over Arsenal with the fact that Fellaini recently purchased a home in Manchester.
The Belgian international scored twelve goals and added seven assists in all competitions for the Merseyside club. While Everton deployed Fellaini in more of an attacking role, Arsenal could very well want to use him as more of a defensive midfielder. It remains to be seen if the Belgian would be keen on such a role with the Gunners.
Clément Grenier is another player being linked with Arsenal. The Lyon playmaker scored seven goals, and tallied six assists in 20 Ligue 1 matches during the 2012-2013 season. There have been conflicting reports of Grenier's future with Lyon. CaughtOffside.com reported that the Frenchman could very well be moving to Arsenal for around £11 million. They also state that Lyon is having financial issues, and the sale of Grenier would help ease some of the fiscal pain.
However, French newspaper L'Equipe reported that Grenier will stay at Lyon for the 2013-2014 season but not renew his current contract past next season. Grenier's future at Lyon seems very much in the air, and could very well be settled (one way or another) within the next week or so.
While it may be difficult for Arsenal to obtain Higuaín, Fellaini, and Grenier, Arsenal's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis has claimed that the Gunners have over £70 million available for this summer's transfer window. With this trio potentially costing somewhere around £58 million, assuming that Gazidis is being forthright, it appears that the transfer for these players could be possible (emphasis on the word possible).
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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- Marouane Fellaini
- Clément Grenier
- Gonzalo Higuaín
- Edinson Cavani