This article takes a look at how Arsenal can fill the midfield void left by Cesc Fabregas and the likely departure of Samir Nasri.
Arsenal will receive close to £50 million if both deals go through respectively. In my opinion Arsene Wenger runs the risk of Arsenal going into free fall if he does not spend some of the transfer fee money received.
It was merely a matter of time before Cesc Fabregas returned to his boyhood club of Barcelona. In a deal which could potentially rise to £35 million, the Spanish World Cup winning playmaker joined the Catalan side signing a 5 year deal. Arsenal will receive £25 million up front from the deal and further bonus payments if requirements are met. Hot on the heels of Fabregas is Samir Nasri as he looks set to leave the Emirates Stadium and join Manchester City for £25 million. That will give Wenger £50 million to spend on filling a Nasri and Fabregas sized hole in their midfield. So who could Arsenal bring in?
1. Scott Parker - Loan Deal - £3 million
Arsenal need an experienced midfielder who can come straight into the team and West Ham's Scott Parker certainly fits that bill. Whilst Sam Allardyce will be reluctant to let Parker leave permanently he may be willing to let him leave on a season long loan with the hope that Hammers can get promoted at the first time of asking. Arsene Wenger has made a habit of signing players with potential more recently Costa Rican strike Joel Campbell but decides against signing players past the age of 28 but I think signing Parker would be a good signing and his link up play to the strikers is first-rate. Whilst this signing would only be a short-term solution to the loss of Fabregas it will give Arsenal time to find a long-term replacement. However this also could be the season that both Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshire really take charge of the midfield.
2. Christopher Samba, Phil Jagielka or Scott Dann - Permanent Deal - £10-15 million
It's no surprise to many that a centre back is on this list after Arsenal's less than convincing centre backs. With Sebastien Squillaci certainly not the answer the Arsenal defensive frailties Wenger would be wise to bring in another accomplished defender. The first centre back is Blackburn's Chris Samba, the guy is a man mountain and would add that extra needed height and physical presence to the back line. Samba is likely to command a transfer fee in the region of £15 million but with the departure of Phil Jones to Man Utd, Blackburn will be very reluctant to let their prized centre back leave. The second centre back is Phil Jagielka of Everton and much like Samba adds a physical presence around the back four. Jagielka also can distribute the ball very well and reads the game superbly. Like Samba however he would also cost the higher end of the valuation £15 million upwards. Finally Birmingham's Scott Dann would be a welcome addition but they may face competition from numerous Premiership clubs. however £10 million should secure his signature. Dann got raved reviews last season and although he couldn't stop Birmingham slipping out of the league his talent was noticed. Being 24, Dann could prove to be an astute signing by Wenger one thing is for certain is that Arsenal need to bolster their defensive back line.
3. Eden Hazard - Permanent Deal - £20-25 million
To replace the gap left by Samir Nasri a perfect replacement would be Belgian international Eden Hazard. The 20 year-old won the French title last season with Lille and has really started to attract the attentions of Europe's elite and even prompted to say: "We are following him (Hazard). Personally I think he has real talent and the level needed to play at Arsenal." A major positive of this signing is that Hazard can play either in the attacking midfield role or on the wing. As he can also play on the wing this could put an end to any potential Juan Mata deal. Lille, having already lost striker Gervinho to Arsenal would be extremely reluctant to let Hazard leave especially after his most fruitful season in Ligue 1 scoring 12 times and assisting in a further 10. It is likely that Hazard is going to be the most expensive signing costing between £20-25 million pounds but that's the price you have to pay for such a promising player. It would surprise me if in three years time he is worth double that. Another potential sweetener in the deal which takes Hazard to Arsenal could see want away strike Nicklas Bendtner head the other way filling their void left by Gervinho.
Potential Arsenal Line Up Below:
Do you agree with my potential deals? Leave a comment below on who you would like to see Arsenal replace Fabreags and Nasri with.