Arseblog: Thursday 3rd July 2003

july 3rd

09.27 – I was supposed to be up bright and early this morning, but my alarm clock works as well as Pascal Cygan defends.

News this morning that Patrick Kluivert is more or less sure to leave Barcelona. Their vice-President Sancho Panza said “If Kluivert leaves, it is not the end of the world. We could use the money to buy two players. If a club came to us, he can go now.” Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United are said to be interested. Kluivert hasn’t helped the negociating process by going missing. Expect to see him on the side of Catalan milk cartons soon, I suppose.

Yet another striker link claims Arsenal made a big offer for David Trezeguet which Juventus rejected out of hand. Trezeguet’s agent, Zum Kunt, said “Arsenal presented a multi-million offer to us but Juventus sharply rejected it.” He looks to be out of Arsenal’s price range in terms of wages as well. “Trezeguet receives €4,000,000 net per season – a number that the Italians are thinking about improving.” Good for them.

More summer madness sees Arsenal linked with a swap deal to bring Nicolas Anelka back to the club. Arsenal will send Kanu and Francis Jeffers to Man City, Anelka comes back to play alongside Henry. Also rumours that Man Utd are making a move for out of contract Dennis Bergkamp resurface.

Despite rumours yesterday that Besiktas had signed Oscar Cordoba for another year, it seems as if the move to Arsenal is still on. Besiktas actually announced the deal on the Turkish stock exchange but Cordoba himself seems to think he’s Highbury bound. “I know that the negotiations are going well, and that the agreement can be sealed in any moment. I would love to play for Arsenal. It’s one of the best clubs in the world and they are always fighting for big things.”

It could be that Besiktas have bought his contract from Boca Juniors and are now trying to sell him to Arsenal themselves. What’s the odds they’ll ask for way too much and Arsenal will pull out of the deal?

Chelea’s new owner Roman Corleone has given the go-ahead for them to make a £30m bid for Thierry Henry. Oh my. And hahahahahahahaha.

Sensible Kewell comment. Liverpool are offering £70,000 a week though, so maybe his head will be swayed by £ signs and not the realistic chance of winning trophies. Anyone know where Liverpool get all their money from? All Hoofier does is spend and doesn’t seem to recoup very much.

Congrats to Thierry Henry, who’s getting hitched. My invite’s in the post I’m sure.

Ok, I’ve got to see a man about a dog job. Later.

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