World Cup is over. Transfer market takes over.

Last week, the big rumor was that Arsenal were about to launch another bid for Pepe Reina. Rumors about Reina’s transfer to Arsenal started to appear back in April. Then in May, according to certain tabloid newspapers, Arsenal had a 14 million pound bid for Reina turned down.

Now the Reina to Arsenal rumors have resurfaced, with Arsenal reportedly about to make a 20 million pound bid.

Reina signed a new 6 year contract at Liverpool before the World Cup and has reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool despite Rafa Benitez moving to Inter Milan.

Many Arsenal fans are expecting the club to announce the signing of veteran Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. However, no interest seems to have resurfaced since Fulham turned down Arsenal’s bid of 2.5 million pounds last month. Nevertheless, the latest rumors are that Schwarzer failed a medical due to his knee.

What is certain is that Wenger is in the market for a goalkeeper, which is good news.

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails regarding Joe Cole. Fans have been asking me how I know that Arsenal have signed him.

Harry Redknapp is the only manager who has made public statements with regards to signing Joe Cole. On June 1st, Mr. Redknapp said that he believed that Joe had already signed for someone else. Today, the Spurs boss claims that his chairman is attempting to talk to Cole’s agent and father.

Let’s look at the clubs that Joe Cole might sign for.

Chelsea – he’s leaving them.

Manchester United – counted themselves out three weeks ago.

Liverpool – they are paying 770,000 pounds in interest every week. They can’t afford him.

Manchester City – Cole wants to stay in London and play Champions League football. No go.

Spurs – questions remain on whether they can afford his demands. They might if they can get past the Champions League qualifier and have a successful US tour.

Arsenal – never comment on any transfers until they are signed and sealed. Wenger nor any high ranking employee at Arsenal have said anything regarding Joe Cole. Neither has the player.

The sticking point could be Cole’s desire to play in the Fabregas role. Harry Redknapp is promising Cole that role.

Personally, I am more concerned about signing a quality goalkeeper.

I can’t take another season with Almunia and Fabianski in goal. It’s enough to turn me into a Miami Heat fan.

Keep It Arsenal

The Informer

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