The Fabregas saga still continues and looks as if it will be progressing throughout the summer. Will the Arsenal captain be staying in North London next season or will the 23-year-old be a Barcelona player next season? Which begs the question, who is the potential replacement for the Spaniard?
Yoann Gourcuff has been heavily touted by Wenger, and appears to be the Frenchman’s main transfer target this summer. The 23-year-old midfielder had a fine season for Bordeaux, managing to appear 39 times for the Ligue 1 side and bagging 8 goals along the way.
Reports this week are suggesting that the Arsenal boss is weighing up a possible bid of approximately £21.8 million for the player’s services should Fabregas decide to leave for Spain this summer.
Gourcuff is a young talented football who has great vision, finesse and grace which would fit well within the Arsenal squad. Gourcuff has been picked by Raymond Domenech to travel to South Africa, and will be heavily relied on as France’s main playmaker during the world cup this summer.
Despite whether or not the player has a good tournament, the French midfielder’s price tag can not be increased due to a get-out clause in his contract (a reported £21.8 million).
Ideally he would be the perfect acquisition for the Gunners this summer if Fabregas does decide to leave. Wenger has a vast knowledge of French players around the world, and has purchased a great number of them over the past. Gourcuff has been so impressive this season that other clubs (Manchester City and Lyon) have expressed their interest as well. Without a doubt it is shaping up to be a messy scrap for the playmaker’s signature this summer. There are other targets that Arsenal could look into bringing in during the summer window.
Yaya Toure has been a name linked with the Gunners over the past several weeks, but does he have the same flair that Gourcuff possesses? Many would think not.
Toure is more of a combative player who likes to tackle and defend rather than attack. However, with that being said, is Toure a possible option, should Gourcuff decide against signing for Arsenal?
Mikel Arteta is another player that Wenger has expressed interest in as a possible replacement for Cesc. Arteta has great ability on and off the ball, and looks to be an older version of Fabregas. However, Everton have insisted that the Spanish playmaker is not for sale at any price.
For his age and the ability he possesses, Yoann Gourcuff looks to be the best option by far. The playmaker has huge potential and with the right guidance (especially under Wenger) the Bordeaux player could become a world-class player period. Wenger has already acquired Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux and will already have a good understanding with Gourcuff. This would make the potential signing of the 23-year-old even more special for Wenger and Arsenal football club.
Regardless of the outcome involving Cesc Fabregas this summer, Wenger should seriously consider bringing in the man (Yoann Gourcuff) dubbed as ‘the next Zidane’ to Arsenal this summer. If Wenger does decide to acquire the player for the amount specified, then it would make the French midfielder the club’s record signing to date, and an exceptionally good one at that.
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