Arsenal Make a late, late move for Chelsea-bound Loic Remy
We’ve almost made it to the end of the transfer window (ending tomorrow), but a couple more hours bring a flurry of desperate deals, bids and failed coups for players of value.
Remy, the Prem’s Mr. Popular
There are many good reasons for Loic Remy to be so coveted during this summer’s window. He’s cheap at eight to 10 million pounds, his wages are modest and he’s got a proven scoring track in the Premier League.
So it was no wonder Chelsea became the second team in the past month to activate his release clause and begin negotiations — Liverpool were famously close to completing a deal only for the French forward to mysteriously fail his medical.
But wait … there is a third team in the chase! Arsenal are coming in fashionably late to hijack Remy’s move to Stamford Bridge. The move, triggering the 10.5 million pound release, is apparently much too tardy to make a difference — sources close to Chelsea reportedly remain confident — but you can’t blame the Gunners for trying.
The Gunners need a replacement for the injured Giroud, but is it too late for them to land Loic?
After all, Olivier Giroud’s long-term injury leaves Arsene Wenger lamentably short up front — only Lukas Podolski (rumored to be leaving), Alexis Sanchez (who wasn’t good up front vs. Everton), Yaya Sanogo (erm …), Serge Gnabry (just stop), Ryo Miyaichi (no way) remain as possible candidates at the CF position.
We suspect Arsenal are indeed too late. Gunners fans had better hope there is a legitimate Plan B.
Oh, and going back to Joel Campbell for a second, Wenger has reportedly told several clubs to leave Joel alone. Quipped the Arsenal manager: “If somebody calls my assistants about him, they don’t even tell me anymore because when I say no, it’s no.”
Source: ESPN FC