Arsene Wenger is preparing to sell captain Robin Van Persie in order to fund a triple swoop for Yann M’Villa, Etienne Capoue and Younes Belhanda according to a Squeaky Bum Time source.
Holland forward Van Persie announced last week that he wouldn’t be extending his contract at the Emirates Stadium and with just a year left to run his bridges seem to be burnt in West London.
Arsenal boss Wenger is of a similar belief and is now prepared to let the 28-year-old leave for around £25 million in order to boost his transfer kitty and allow him to raid the French market before the Premier League season kicks off next month.
First on the 62-year-old’s list is Renne midfielder Yann M’Villa who has been linked with a switch to the Gunners for much of the summer but saw interest cool in his services following a string of off-field disciplinary issues.
Wenger believes he can provide a calming environment for the talented but temperamental 21-year-old and is ready to reignite his interest as he is desperate for find an anchor man to partner Alex Song in the engine room.
He also wants Toulouse’s 23-year-old midfielder Capoue, who is also comfortable operating in defence, to provide back up to Song and M’Vila although he’ll need to move quickly with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid said to be tracking the former France under-21 international.
Finally, Wenger is hoping to pull off a shock move for Montpellier attacker Belhanda following an impressive season that him lift the Ligue 1 title, score 12 goals in 28 games and win the French Young Player of the Year award
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young talents with the Arsenal chief hoping to deploy him in a three pronged attack with new signings Lukas Podolski and former team-mate Oliver Giround.
MHSC chairman Louis Nicollin is desperate to keep the Moroccan international and is willing to triple his current £15,000-per-week wage to entice him to stay at the club.