Esteemed red-top The Sun is this morning claiming that Arsenal and Seville have agreed a fee of £13.7m for striker Baptista.
It’s a good deal for Seville, who’d get far less for him next summer as he’d have just a year left on his deal, and we clearly want him, but the player himself is hardly champing at the bit to join us, it seems. “I will have the final say,” he said with an air of finality, “No-one else will decide who I play for”, he added decisively.
It’s a big fee, and would represent Arsenal’s top signing, beating Sylvanian Witlord, who cost £11m (I think). Eclipsing Wiltord – it’s a lot to live up to…
There’s some talk Baptista wants his EU passport, for which he’d need one more year in Spain, and there’s other talk that he’s waiting on Barcelona, on the off-chance they might come in at the last minute.
Clearly, there’s lots of politics going on here, but the deal is alive and kicking, evidently. Fingers crossed – we’ve not had a beast at the club since Martin Keown left.
This part of the blog is purely to justify the crap headline – but it’s relevant still. Wenger wants the Dutch authorities to sort the van Persie thing out sooner rather than later, for obvious reasons.
“It is important that this situation does not drag on too long,” said Arsene, “It is not easy what is happening to him and at the start of it all it was a burden for him to deal with.”
He is, though, now training with the team in Austria.