Date: 20th December 2006 at 2:38pm
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There are rumours-a-many in the press today so I thought I would bring some of them to our outstanding Vital Arsenal readers.

CSKA ‘keeper Igor Akinfeev says that a move to Arsenal would be very tempting. When speaking to sport-express the Russian international said: “I`m delighted that a club of such calibre [Arsenal] Arse interested in me.

“You can`t have too many chances like this in your career.

“Of course, if they make an offer, I`ll take it seriously and will think about it.”

Timo Hilderbrand could be on his way to Arsenal at the end of the season after talks about a new deal broke down. Horst Heldt, sporting director at VFB Stuttgart said: “We have withdrawn our offer. Timo Hilderbrand has informed us that he cannot make a decision yet.

The German would be available on a free transfer at the start of July which means that he can discuss a move elsewhere in little under two weeks time.

Jens Lehmann could go the other way, leaving Arsenal for VFB Stuttgart in the summer.

Triabal football reports that Arsenal want the cash for Jose Reyes in January so they can raid the January transfer market.

Arsenal are rumoured to be after a new left back. Reports suggest that a £4M bid for Leighton Baines or a £7M bid for Southamptons 17-year-old Gareth Bale could be in the pipeline.

And finally, Arsenal could move for midfielder Manuel Fernandes. The centeral midfielder has returned to Benfica after a loan spell at Portsmouth. A fee in the region of £8M is being suggested.


33 Replies to “The Rumour Mill”

  • If mad Jen is actually insisting on a 2 year deal instead of taking extensions on a yearly basis then I think we will need a new goalie.

  • Akinfeev is quality. We would benefit by getting him in January so he has half a season to learn from Crazy Old Jens. As well as only being 20 / 21 he has extremly good positional awarenes and shot-stopping abilities, along with a great, almighty, accurate kick on him (the only thing I think Jens lacks in). If the price for Bale is accurate, I’d much rather we got Baines – He’s proven himself more than competent in the PL throughout the last two seasons.

  • Baines is an absolute stud…I’d love to see him in a Gunners jersey if he was available. Bale would be pretty nice as well. And Arsenal need to get another goalie by the summer regardless of what Lehmann decides, cause he’s not getting any younger.

  • Olasal, I would rather re-sign Jeffers than have Drogba. King Kolo and Willy Gallas (remember him?) are by far the best partnership in the league.

  • Akinfeev is on the small side though a good keeper. Hilderbrand as a bigger guy. Weren’t you linked with Rene Adler at Leverkusen not so long a go? I can’t imagine you going for both Baines and Bale. I think due to your relationship with Southampton, the latter is more likely. Finally why Fernandes … you have Gilberto and Fabregas, Song and Diaby, Dennilson and now are planning to look at Fernandes .. I suspect the last one is paper talk designed to force the hand of Portsmouth.

  • Merlin we cant all afford to pay £21million for the likes of SWP or Bribe stupid English Left backs with untold riches to steal them from our rivals! Who was the 1st english team to field an all foreign side? Without your lotto win you would have 2 english players, Terry and Lampard so really…..whats your point?

  • Im guessing we wont get any of them, well not in jan.
    But i can definetly see alot of players in and out of arsenal in the summer!!!

  • What does that tell you Merlin? That English players are crap! Put down your tabloid old boy, until English players get some sort of work ethic, you’ll see very few in an Arsenal shirt. Besides whcih, your club has destroyed SWP, Johnson and Parker. You’re well on the way to corrupting the two Coles too.

  • they won’t buy both baines and bale as both are left backs. now the rumour i heard recently and this is the shocker, TREZEQUET ! remember where you heard it, we will buy in jan as he won’t be cup tied and will give us fire power and experience up front, the fact also that its Henry’s no1 strike partnership aswell for country. he is not happy playing serie B and wants a move…. could this rumour really be true ?

  • Not a chance. Trezeguet has been linked with Arse countless times before…and really, he’s a flat plank of a striker. Useless against us last season in the champions league, and botched up the penalty in the WC final. No thanks.

    I’d be astonished at either Akinveev (sp) or Boruc…if both, all I can say is thats a (young) partnership that can compete with Cech and Cudicini. Very tempting to sign both, I’d say. I’d be equally happy with either Baines or Bale…both with their advantages. Baines is slightly older, pushing for a national (irrelevant that he’s english, I really dont care) place, Bale’s only 17, but potential literally glows around him.

    I just really wish we had more genuine wingers.

  • jammathon i like your call about wingers, when arse won leagues we played with wingers.. Overmars, Wiltord ( although a striker too ) Pires aswell… we need width to stretch play.. maybe thats how wenger sees Theo. he is also interested in Jesus Navas who is a winger, so you never know 😉

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