We noticed that Arsene Wenger has quietly signed a top defender for just £11M.
Thomas Vermaelen – signed for 11M from Ajax
Arsenal’s new signing Thomas Vermaelen, who can play at centre-half or left-back, has signed a five year deal at the Emirates, after completing his move from Ajax.
Vermaelen, 23, made more than 100 appearances for Ajax after joining the Dutch club in 2004, from Germinal Beerschot, and he has played 21 times for Belgium. Thomas stands just under 6′ tall.
It’s obvious Arsene needed strengthening in the center of his defense wince it was rather a soft center last season, but with the acquisition of the Belgian, the question for Newcastle fans, becomes whether he will still be interested in Newcastle’s Sebastien Bassong, who is said to be in talks with two Premier League sides.
Sebastien, signed from Metz for just £500K last August, had a great first season at Newcastle, and at 6’2″ he is dominant in the air, and not too bad on the ground either. He can also play at left back, but is much better where it counts most, in central defense.
He was easily Newcastle’s top player in a turbulent season, but Bassong settled in well and played 34 times for Newcastle with 30 starts. His temperament is also first class, and he would be a great capture for the London side.
Seb also seems a big game player, having given a magnificent performance last year in Newcastle’s 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, when he came in for the injured Steven Taylor.
Newcastle would hope to get about the same money for him as Arsenal paid Ajax for the Belgian, but that may be difficult given the Paris-born player’s lack of experience.
Of course, one thing that could happen is that Manchester City could be interested in the lad, and if that’s true it’s easy to estimate the transfer fee they would be willing to pay.
You estimate his true worth and then double it, so we would hope that Mark Hughes could be in with a bid of £15M or more for the Frenchman, who could get his first cap for Cameroon today. After all they did bis £110M for Kaka last January, and the Brazilian was signed by Real Madrid for £55M recently.
So it seems that City’s wealthy owners are only too willing to pay way over the odds to show everybody just how much money they have to burn. And of course they will have been more than a little annoyed at Real Madrid’s audacity in catching world wide headlines, as they also recently paid a cool £80M for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hey, come to think of it, maybe they could bid £20M for Sebastien.
The problem with Arsene and Arsenal is that they only bid reasonable and sensible fees for players.
And that’s not good for Newcastle, who are now in serious financial jeopardy, and have to get as much as they can for whatever players they can sell in the summer.
Those who will leave, will generally be their good players, and how’s that for a strategy forced onto the club because of years of financial mis-management?
What do you think?