The Times thinks that Hleb is on his way out of the club. They claim that his ‘representatives’ have agreed a four-year deal with Inter, and that he has told team mates that he will join Inter.
Again this seems speculative, with no quotes and nothing official, but it may happen. Hleb could leave, and we would be in a bit of transfer trouble were this to happen. Wenger would have a bit of a midfield crisis. I’m waiting to hear more on this one.
A player who is linked with a transfer is Fabregas, and this is one I’m sure won’t happen (bar something totally crazy occuring in the next few months).
Ramon Calderon, the Real president has Fabregas as one of his main transfer targets, and said:
“Something nice about Cesc is that he is Spanish and this is one of my objectives – to make Real Madrid more Spanish.”
Only two weeks ago Fabregas said that he was totally comitted to Arsenal though:
“My future belongs to Arsenal, and it is the truth.”
“I have always said I want to play for Arsenal, it is the best team I can be at, the best club for me.”
So I doubt Calderon’s wishes will come true at this point!
Meanwhile, Sagna is set to sign a new contract after only a season at the club, maybe Wenger is getting wary after the situations with Flamini and Hleb.
Wenger also said that Adebayor needs to keep improving:
“I believe if Ade keeps his work ethic, there is still 20% more to come from him. Does he want it enough – to get this extra 20% out?
“Well that is where his future lies. If you lose that desire, you quickly become a nobody.”
Adebayor should be able to keep up his form next season, I don’t see any reason why not, Wenger just wants to stop him getting too comfortable!
I hope we can hold onto Hleb at least, because otherwise we will start the transfer season weakened, rather than ready to strengthen the squad. I think it is more likely he will stay than Flamini, but if he does leave we might have a confidence problem on our hands.