Monday, 17 June 2013


ABOVE: France starlet Gilbert Imbula could be about to join fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
Arsenal and Fenerbahce have enquired about Melgarejo. But so far there has been nothing concrete.
Lorenzo Melgarejo's agent Juan Gabriel Appleyard
16th June 2013

By Tony Stenson and Carl Eldridge

ARSENE WENGER will make his first dip into his transfer kitty with an £8million bid for France starlet Gilbert Imbula.

Arsenal boss Wenger has £80m to spend in the summer and wants to make Imbula, 20, his first signing.
The midfielder won promotion to the French First Division last season with Guingamp and his efforts have also alerted Chelsea and Lyon.
Meanwhile, Marseille are ready to offer Arsenal winger Andre Ayew - if they can tempt Wenger to sell Gervinho.
The French giants cannot afford Gervinho's £3m-a-year wages but by adding Ayew to the deal it could help subsidise the move.
Their sporting director Jose Anigo tried to sign Gervinho for Marseille when Ivorian was at Le Mans but the player moved to Lille instead.
Arsenal are also said to be tracking Benfica's Paraguayan international Lorenzo Melgarejo - according to the player's agent.
The defender, 22, was part of the Benfica side that impressed in their run to the Europa League Final this season where they were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea.
Melgarejo's agent Juan Gabriel Appleyard said: "Arsenal and Fenerbahce have enquired about Melgarejo. But so far there has been nothing concrete."
Meanwhile, Anzhi Makhachkala star Odil Ahmedov reckons Arsenal constantly tracked him last season.
The Uzbekistan defensive midfielder said: "It is true, their scouts have watched me in every match."
And Gunners flop Andre Santos last night revealed he is still wanted by Wenger despite being hurriedly sent out on loan after a string of woeful displays.
Brazilian defender Santos, 30, said: "My loan deal is over. It was six months long and now I am returning. I have to go back to Arsenal."