Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cagliari wanted £5m more for Arsenal target Federico Marchetti

Cagliari's Board of Directors have reiterated their desire to keep Arsenal and other poachers at arm's length for reasons best known to them.

The Sardinian outfit is set to erase Marchetti's name from their summer departure list amidst confirmations of truce between both parties. Marchetti retracted his earlier statement, and Cellino was quick to forgive and forget labelling the statements as "naive and ill-advised."

Arsenal can't do much now but hope according to La Nuova Sardegna - the President of Cagliari Massimo Cellino, turned down a last minute offer from the Gunners last week (somewhere between £6-7m), due to their inability to agree on a reasonable price.

When confronted by newsmen today, Cellino acknowledged that "Arsenal, Fulham and Aston Villa" have tabled bids in the past, but the deal won't go through because "no club is willing to pay the right price (£12m) for our asset," he admitted.

I think this means we need to focus our attention/search here in The Barclays Premier League. So far so good, Almunia is still kicking and some old guys are ready to go hand-2-hand for a shot at his comfort zone.