Arsenal Bid For Barca Midfielder & Hold Talks With Former Chelsea Man

By on August 31, 2013

A couple of interesting bits of transfer news to bring you today with reports claiming we’ve made a cheeky bid for Barcelona midfielder/defender Javier Mascherano and have held talks with former Chelsea attacker Saloman Kalou over a move to the Emirates.

Lets start with Mascherano link and talkSPORT are suggesting that we have made a surprise bid for the Argentinean defensive midfielder.

There is very little substance to the story other than to say we’ve made an offer. There is no detail of how much the bid was supposed to be for or whether Barca were receptive to it, but judging by how limited their defensive options are at present I’m guessing they politely told us where to go.

Mascherano of course has experience in the Premier League after playing for West Ham and Liverpool, but even if the Catalans were open to selling him I’m not sure the 29-year-old would be up for the move.

I suppose he doesn’t get regular games so he could be tempted, but I really don’t see anything in this one. Plus, we’ve just signed Flamini on a free and he’s a little bit like Mascherano, only cheaper and not as good!

Next and the Daily Mail are claiming we’ve held talks with Lille over former Chelsea attacker Kalou, who’s available this summer for around £2.6m.

The 28-year-old only joined the French outfit last summer but they want to sell him already and he’s been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Cardiff and West Brom but none were able to agree terms.

Kalou is understood to be demanding £60,000-a-week and the newspaper claims we’re mulling over whether to go ahead with the deal or hold out in the hope we can land a bigger name.

I’m sorry, but if Kalou is the ‘top, top, top’ quality player Arsene Wenger has been banging on about, I give up. Sure he’s is a decent enough player but he’s a Chelsea reject and we should be aspiring to be better that the likes of Chelsea, which won’t happen if we’re signing players of the caliber of Kalou.

Hopefully this is idle paper-talk as I’d be seriously underwhelmed if we ended up signing the Ivorian. I’d rather have kept Gervinho.

Less than 3 days to go. Tick, tock Arsene……

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What do you think of the links with Mascherano and Kalou?


  1. alan hodge

    August 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Quite frankly if Kalou issigned by Wenger then, as far as I’m concerned, thats it for another year and the ONLY signing I want to hear about in January is a replacement manager.
    Wenger you’ve been great. Thank you very much – and goodbye.

  2. rellends

    August 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    kalou is definitely on my list of predicted last-minute panic buy crap. we’ll probably end up trying to get ba on loan as well. i feel sorry for any of the panic buys that do come in as in the supporters’ eyes all they will ever be is panic buys. it’s a shocking state of affairs. plus, wenger won’t have to explain any of it for at least 10-11 days as he’ll have pissed off to go and commentate on wc qualifiers on behalf of castrol for a french satellite channel.

  3. charles usman

    August 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    i dnt knw wt is wrong wit mr wenger,it seems lyk he dnt wnt 2 buy players fr us we arsenal fans.one luv 2 gunners til we met nxt!

  4. vineet true gooner

    August 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    now I’ve no problem even if arsenal doesn’t sign too many big shots. only 1 or 2 players needed and I don’t want to see mascherano or kalou in emirates stadium…

  5. Previgo

    August 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    An inform Kalou < An inform gervinho, both out of form are sh*ts, so why would we sign a lesser version of gervinho? Makes no sense to me, but it might to wenger he is full of stupid surprises. As for mascherano i would rather get my coquelin back from loan and play him regularly. Talking about weak links in a team mascherano is certainly barca's and also pique i think. But again we all know wenger too much to take any odd news for granted

  6. Keithy Joe

    August 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I’m beginning to lose all hope, will we sign a world class player by the end of the transfer window? Only Wenger knows, and I doubt even he does!!!!

  7. mr tunechi

    August 31, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    We are all tired abt speculation of player been link 2 Arsenal, we alwaays heard of diff. Name daily without any deal been materialised. Arsene Wenger has full us anof times without number he has promise dt he wanted 2 sign special player now is 2 days 2 go no contract offer 4 any player. Please Mr Wenger we’re tire of u wanted I understand is dt u lack ambition 4wards d growth of our admirable club Arsenal

  8. huffs & bluffs

    August 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I like to hear what the wenger worshipers
    Will say when we sign kalou?
    Maybe some thing in the lines of……

  9. Rems

    August 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    This transfer window is da worst! How hard is it to buy a player?

    Am already gearin up to see us play wth da current squad for da whole season. As for da bid for macherano I dnt believe it one bit!

  10. Moses

    August 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Im peased by funs who stil buy tickets to watch Arsenal, we shld leave wenger,arsenal board & players to watch dea games!

  11. Jeff

    August 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Is the Kalou the signing I want, no. But honestly I have faith in the squad we have and he will be a solid player coming off the bench. Much better than gervinho for sure. Kalou wasn’t bad for Chelsea but he wasn’t expensive for them so he never played. Again, it’s not te signing I want but I wouldn’t be against it.

  12. raynbow

    August 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Lets jes wait till end of d transfer window… Im nt abt signin big playas, we NEED playas and it is open 4 all 2 see… So if wenga doesnt add 2 d numba of playas we av, then he is rili a big joke.

  13. najka

    August 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    The wrng thng dat alwys hppnd iz the fans dat peased the tickets loooools plz stop puying tickets of fucnss of arsn wengr he iz playng our mind

  14. tomstoned

    August 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    why bother…Our Beloved Arsenal…have long gone,,,sold to a hollywood hooker…who gives a sh*t anymore…the club has lost its soul…its all about the money…

  15. Danno

    August 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Arsenal have got what they deserved,after putting in a joke bid for Suarez.There board thought they had there man,now who looks stupid Wenger 😉 Love your transfer business by the way 😉

  16. maxwel

    August 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Yes,thats exactly what i have done over here,paying multi choice to have a decorder watching the craspy Arsenal is a joke i won’t do again,untill he Ars wenger becomes serious in his work. How do we regulary have free transfers,while the board said they have £70m to spent,spent on what then if we can’t buy players?Wenger should go for a reality check and made to understand that the economy has gone up now and we are nolonger in those days he signed Henry,he should learn to accept and adopt to daily changes but not rediculing spurs for their massive spending.

  17. True-gunner

    August 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Wenger we are tired of your stingy-ness,if u can buy draxler,i think every1 would shut their traps

  18. Hammed Azeez

    August 31, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I dont tink kalou is d next answer for Arsenal now, wenger should buy player before it wil too late for him

  19. ajp

    August 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    How are all the people who comment on here completely illiterate or too lazy to write properly. Blimey

  20. ajp

    August 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Wenger will not sign anyone decent, demanding a record transfer figure. Fact.

  21. Arkadiy

    August 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Please God don’t buy Kalou…

  22. Chux

    August 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Kronke is a croock, a big thief, only him can explain what is happening right now. Bt as for me, there’s no money. Let them stop fooling fans, Kronke, Gazidis and Wenger are bunch of criminals.

  23. EdmontonGeezer

    September 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Teacher: okay class can anyone give me an example of a sentence containing the word “contagious”.
    Johnny: yes miss.
    Teacher: go ahead Johnny.
    Johnny: my dad supports Arsenal, and yesterday I asked him how long it will take Mr. Wenger to build a really good squad like what Tottenham have and he said ” I dunno son, at this rate it will take the c*nt ages”.

  24. Tony N

    September 1, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Wenger believes he’s fooling everybody, but he will be the fool at the end of this season. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think I will be..

  25. Mcarthur kehyee

    September 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Let Mr. Wenger go we are sick n tire of seeing one mess over and over……

  26. Rex A.

    September 1, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Mr. Wenger is just confused because he did not sign when he had the chance to signed

  27. Mcarthur kehyee

    September 1, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Why can u make the fan happy? Who told u da arsenal belong to u or ur father???

  28. Lemi

    September 1, 2013 at 5:47 am

    F*ck aw

  29. Mcarthur kehyee

    September 1, 2013 at 5:48 am

    He has refuse to bring in player he don’t event care, but i don’t beam he i beam the fan that can paid their money to @ Emirates to witch arsenal playing… People ve to refuse not to witch arsenal playing then he will get to their people imported….

    • nasmith

      September 1, 2013 at 5:57 am

      plx sign kaka, ozil, mata, and striker plx

  30. baker

    September 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

    wenger is old news…talk is cheap. we just need a new manager. the man is so sturbon, i wounder how our players might be feeling at the moment..now i dont blame those who left…its always the same old story just a different day.

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