News in the People today that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is making a late move for Switzerland’s Euro 2008 star Gokhan Inler.
Gokhan Inler – Arsenal now after the player?
We had thought that Inler was a definite target for Newcastle during the summer, but only recently his Italian club, Udinese Calcio said the Newcastle interest was untrue.
But the People is reporting today, that Arsenal are now fighting Newcastle United for his signature.
If that is true, then we’ve waited too long, because we can hardly compete with the Champions League Football, Arsenal can offer the player.
From what we’ve seen of Gokhan Inler, he would be a terrific signing for Newcastle, but we’re not even sure we’re now after the player.
Wenger is said to have been in contact with the Udinese management, and has been informed the 6’0″attacking midfielder has a get-out clause in his contract of just over Â£5M.
The People is reporting also that Inler’s agent has been in talks with Newcastle United for over two weeks – so if that’s true, what’s taking so long?
But now Arsenal have come in, and which club makes the deal will depend not only one who can make the best deal, but what the club can offer the player in terms of European football next season, and Newcastle cannot offer any of that, unfortunately.
The news is that (once again) Newcastle are concerned because they thought they already had a deal, but Wenger’s interest will have submarined that it seems.
Inler is at least as capable as Gareth Barry, and soÂ much cheaper, and rated the most gifted player in his Swiss homeland, as he has loads of skill and good vision.
We don’t know if this story is true, but if it is it seems that it’s both good news and bad news for Newcastle.
The good news is that we are close to getting Inler, but the bad news is that Arsenal have now entered the fray.
However, if we can get him – it would be an excellent signing for the Tyneside club.