London heavyweights Arsenal will start their Premiership campaign this year against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday and will move forward with a life without Cesc Fabregas.
Reports suggest that the Gunners are ready to spend almost £30 million ($49 million) on Valencia winger Juan Mata and Brazil's Jadson to replace the Spanish playmaker.
Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger previously was under criticism after claiming that he expected "nobody to leave Arsenal" during the transfer window. Now Fabregas has reportedly completed his expected move to Barcelona for £36 million ($59 million) in a five-year deal and French playmaker Samir Nasri’s future still hangs in balance with a £23 million deal with Manchester City close at hand.
An Arsenal official previously told BBC Sport that the funds that will be generated by the sales will be used to buy new talents, and the club will look to spend almost £60 million ($98 million) before the transfer window shuts in three weeks' time.
New reports from The Independent said that the Gunners have already completed the signing of Brazilian Jadson for £12 million ($20 million) from Shakhtar Donetsk and Wenger expects him to fill up Fabregas’ void quickly. It is also reported that Frenchman Samir Nasri has also completed a move to Manchester City for £22 million ($36 million) and will now earn £165,000 ($269,000) a week.
The confirmation of Nasri’s five-year deal is expected shortly. The new pay is almost double to what the playmaker would get at the North London club had he stayed, that is, £90,000 ($147,000) per week.
This summer Wenger has recruited Gervinho for £11 million ($18 million), Carl Jenkinson for £1 million ($2 million), and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £15 million ($24 million). All three, however, are yet to prove themselves in the challenging conditions of the Premier League. The supporters are frustrated as Wenger is still investing on young talent and not bringing in experience into the side.
Arsenal, this summer, has been linked different players including Per Mertesacker at £6 million ($10 million), Englishman Scott Dann at £6.5 million ($11 million), Chris Samba at £12 million ($20 million) and Gary Cahill at £17.5 ($28 million), who are all within Arsenal’s range.
A bid for the Valencia winger Juan Mata is expected and negotiations are under way. Mata, 23, has been linked with Arsenal this summer and Wenger is confident of concluding a deal despite the expiry of a release clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave for £18m.
French side Lille’s forward Eden Hazard, Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema have been linked with the club, but all three have expressed a desire to remain with their respective clubs.