Arsenal’s woes in the transfer market could be about to increase after reports began circulating about a possible bid from Chelsea for Theo Walcott.
The Gunners are believed to have accepted an improved 40 million euro bid for Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona after the Spaniard agreed to donate some of his own wages towards the fee with the deal expected to be concluded before the weekend. Samir Nasri’s projected move to Manchester City could be expedited in similar fashion with the Eastlands club prepared to match the £25m price tag before the 2011/12 Premier League season kicks off – police permitting – this Saturday.
Now they could face the challenge of fending off an approach from another cash-rich club for another one of their players. Chelsea are not planning major surgery on their squad though extra pace and width – specfically on the right flank – are both elements that new boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to introduce. Walcott ticks both boxes in that regard and could be tempted to move if he sees two of Arsenal’s key men depart the club over the next few days.
Even so, it is hard to see Wenger sanctioning the sale of the England international in the current circumstances unless a suitably enticeing offer is forthcoming. That, of course, is well within the realms of possibility where Stamford Bridge supremo Roman Abramovich is concerned.