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Will Arsenal Really Launch a £24million Bid For Marouane Fellaini?

Today Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said that the club can afford to sign a £25million player who earns £200,000 a week, and said they could afford Wayne Rooney or someone making even more wages.

Gazidis added that Arsenal is ready to “compete with any club in the world.”

Also today, The Times is reporting that Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian international reportedly has a release clause in his contract where he could leave Goodison Park if an offer comes in from a Champions League side. The release clause amount? £24 million.

While I don’t doubt Gazidis’s ambition or the fact that the Gunners have a war chest of £70 million to spend on transfers this summer, I don’t believe Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is capable of spending large sums of money. It’s against his nature.

While Manchester City have been busy in the transfer market already, having signed Fernandinho and almost signing Jesus Navas, Arsenal risk being left behind in the dust. My concern about Wenger is not only will he be reluctant to spend big sums of money for individual players, but that he tends to dawdle in the transfer market and leaves things until they’re too late.

Personally, I think the Fellaini-to-Arsenal story is a non-story. While I’d love to see him move to the Emirates Stadium, it sounds too implausible to me. He doesn’t fit the mould of players that Wenger usually signs.

What do you think? Is the Fellaini transfer story real, or just transfer gossip? Will Arsene Wenger prove me, and others, wrong by spending big money on star players? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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  1. Scrumper

    June 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Arsenal would be much better off buying a REAL striker capable of at least 20 goals a season, then think about a Fellaini type to help create the chances.

  2. Wenger's Mental strengthzz

    June 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Y’all Wenger a** lickers can scream “war chest” all you want but I bet a tiny little bitty part of your heart tells you this is bulks**t..
    Wenger wont buy Fellaini or Rooney. He wont buy Jovetic or Cesc. Damn!! He wont even buy Benteke.
    Come sept 1st, we will all get faced with reality and a smiling AArsene wenger telling you how much #Mentalstrengthzz Sanogo has & how Diaby would be like a new signing. How this team has “fantastic speeeereeeetttt” and the not so surprising thing is, come May 2014 we will be battling it out with SPUDS for the 4th place “TROPHY”.
    This is what I sincerely think but I do hope to God that Wenger proves me wrong this summer’.

    • Guy

      June 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

      I sink you av hit zee nail on zee head.

  3. Marc L

    June 7, 2013 at 6:16 am


    “Today Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said that the club can afford to sign a £25million player who earns £200,000 a week, and said they could afford Wayne Rooney or someone making even more wages.”

    Sounds like politician double-speak to me. BS thrown out there to placate an angry and impatient supporters’ base. “Oh, yes, we COULD afford to pay….” so-and-so.

  4. cin

    June 7, 2013 at 5:26 am

    These kind of words from Wenger and Gazidis for long time. We can at least say if arsenal acted like a team having ambition more than a 4th spot.

    Still Arsenal should think beyond 4th spot, that we want first.

    Still Arsenal is in hand of people who loves profit than winning…… No doubt abt this.

  5. Rulu Gosha

    June 7, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Pliz Wenger u got to bring in a midfielder and at least two forward strikers. You have an opportunity Wenger, look at Fellaini, he’ll finish the problem of the midfield.

  6. Ryan

    June 7, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Don’t be surprise people, when arsenal will end up getting kids to d team on d name of big signings if at all they will get any. Did anyone noticed that mr. wenger have put his hopes on miyaichi? That alone is a signing to him. Did anyone noticed that will others are signing big name players, arsenal chairman Gazidies only thinks of extending arsene wengers contract? That’s signing to him. The news abt fellaini is just to. alert the likes of chelsick nd man shits to snap him up cuz arsenal are yet to make any offer to any club 4 any player. Though I will love it if am proved wrong O becuz I love the view of having fellaini in arsenal.

  7. Dave

    June 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I think it’s the perfect player/storm to start the spending. He’s exactly what this team needs and if they bring in Mignolet, and Benteke you’d have some Belgium familiarity. Remember Wenger wanted Mirales, Vertonghen, Kompany, Lukaku AND Hazard. He’s from the part of France near Belguim/Germany and went to school near there. And if Verm stays (which I think he will) you’ve got great chemistry.

    If anything I think Rooney is a non story, I see the big name being Jovetic or Henguin with a Benteke or Michu for more striking options as we will go hard after all four trophies and need depth. Either of those two create chemistry as they will play with friends.

  8. anthony

    June 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

    This how we always buy our players, befor is jovetic, wayen rooney, farbregas,greniar clement, paul pogba, david alaba,alex song, cavani, benteke, so the linking that they want us to be dibate on now is the story of fellani when man-city want to sign fenaldinho no club fight against them now they are about to finish the dee of arsenal long time link jesus navas is better for arsenal to sign 2 or 3 players they want to sign than to be link with 5o players so mr wenger the work is in hand now alex farguson u are scard about has retire and jos morinho that run away for u has come back that say in 2006 is commet that u will not callect trophy on till 2015 and thank God for him that God has brin him back for u and u should try and beat him back befor he will run away that is what morinho like most to be run away cause he wil soon run away for chelsea when u beat his team and callect cup jos morinho wil also faint great gunners one love for the team and the fans.

  9. anthony

    June 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Well everybody are saying what they know this team is going down every season we may not qualify for uefa cup but we will qualify for champions league fourt position and that is the only cup we are callecting since 2005 that we callect FA cup from MAN U then if u look at the players that play against man u we have great team that can scard others team and they are playing good football but now chelsea and man u we be telling arsenal men against boys when they want to play each other the only thing we are hearing is to be link with players arsen wenger will be locate classic players for other teams and he wil not sign any one of them he wil introduce tinajas to the team and loan them out well arsen wenger just try and spend this season.

  10. hoosiergunner

    June 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Don’t see it, but I’d like to… think he’s a great player, and this rumor is a lot more exciting than the Rooney nonsense.

  11. RealG

    June 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    The only reason Wenger is known not to spend money is only in recent seasons! Why dont u idiots (fans and media!) understand this?? He didnt have the money to spend! ..before the stadium build, we were spending as much money as anybody (the time when £15m for a player was crazy!!) we were spending £10m here and there…£12m on Reyes? so nowadays thanks to the idiots chelsea and the inflation in transfer fees and wages that they poisoned football with …£15/20m is the new £5/10mil basically, Soooo now that we have these new investments and the stadium is pretty much paid off…Wenger won’t be putting Arsenal at risk financially and therefore he will be willing to pay big monies again! (if that player is worth it!!) He will not pay £50m for a Torres!! but £22/24m for Fellaini?? He is worth more than that in todays prices! So therefore Wenger won’t be scared to spend that sort of money! I think he would be willing to spend £40m on Cavani! now that he can afford it! as he is worth it!! this label Wenger got stuck with is just ignorance on the media and fans part! if he does go on a crazy spending spree…he will say that the last 10 years of cautious spending was only for the security of the club! not that he didnt wanna spend the money! he cares about arsenal unlike the owners of chelsea or citeh…who are destroying those clubs!! covering the damage they are doing up with shiny trophies! but if/when it goes wrong, those clubs will lose everything!! wenger knows this and got arsenal into the position that we only spend what we earn!! the guy is a genious!! and can see the much bigger picture than any of us mere mortals! we have a net spend of about £9m! we are down 9 million pounds in the wenger years! that is incredible!! compare with citeh or chelsea who are prob down £900 million!!! over a shorter period!! and thats just transfers!! so dont give me that..wenger is a tight arse! wenger hates spending money! wenger doesnt know how to spend big money! and all the rest!! trust me he knows alot more than any of you lot!!

    • arseniel

      June 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      A breath of fresh air. Only the unintelligent think otherwise.

      • Mufc77

        June 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        He can spend as much as he likes but you’re still not a very good team unless you consider 4th spot to be good.

        • Dom

          June 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

          At least we keep our neighbours at bay.

          • Mufc77

            June 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

            That’s about all you have to brag about these days.

    • amangey

      June 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      You sound more like the idiot.when we signed reyes at £12m,it was same period or before then that the likes of Zidane,figo,edgar davies,kezman,Drogba,essien,crespo,mcmanaman,Ronaldo(brazil),wrian philips,torres(to liverpool) etc were Signed in the region of between 20-57 million pounds.arsene wenger is a miser,it inherent in Him period!

      • Pappychulla

        June 7, 2013 at 2:05 am

        Well i think you are the dum arse,so what did the likes of zidane,figo,ronaldo win for Mardrid???Oh and Mr kezman who only managed to score a goal from the penalty spot truout the whole time in Chealshit!!!.If you an Arsenal fan then you should see some sense in what RealG has written above…Now Now that Arsenal have the money,i think they should go for Villa,Jovetic,Hummels,Alaba,luke shaw and Remy cabella

      • adams

        June 7, 2013 at 2:21 am

        Actually you are indeed the idiot. The stadium move made the arsenal budget tight. The kit sponsor and kit deals were frontloaded to help finance the stadium, and were therefor lower then usual ( because no sponsor is going to frontload a huge contract). A few years after arsenal made these sponsor deals teams like MANU re-upped deals for bigger cash while arsenal were stuck with their low paying, long term contract

  12. 9jagun

    June 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm


  13. Mufc77

    June 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I can only hope Arsenal sign him cause I don’t want him at Utd.

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