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Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc believes forward Marouane Chamakh could be heading to the Emirates in the next 48 hours. But that is if Arsenal really want him which the coach doesn’t think is the case.

Arsenal really want Chamakh? It is exactly the question that I ask myself and I believe no.

“Frankly, I believe if they really want him, he could join them within 48 hours.

“I would like him to stay. Early last season I told him, when he already wanted to leave for England, ‘Have another good season with us. If you score between 10 and 15 goals, you will be in a strong position to leave for a big club’.

“I gave him my word and I told him I would let him leave. I am keen to respect what I said.”

3559034065_218e10d51bBordeaux manager Laurent Blanc has paved the way for Chamakh’s move to Arsenal saying he will not let the Morrocon international to leave for a small club, but if a big club comes in (apparently Arsenal who are a big club have made a move for him) he will not stop Chamakh from leaving:

“I am going to do everything to make sure he does not go to just any club. With him, things are clear. After the season he’s had, if he has to go, it will be to a big club. That’s why I am standing in the way of a departure to Sunderland.

“I am not going to change what I said to him at the start of the year. If an offer comes from a big club, I will not stand in the way. The door is half-open.”

So as Arsene Wenger has already enquired about him, one can guess the move is on the cards now. So Bordeaux’s president’s statement that finalising the move could drag on like a soap opera is a kind of contradiction as the manager is willing to let go easily.

marouane_chamakh_1446972cArsene Wenger is in search of a striker to replace the departed Emmanuel Adebayor and has talked to Bordeaux’s president regarding the possibility of Chamakh joining Arsenal.

Arsenal fans would feel Arsenal need a holding midfielder or even a centre back more than a striker considering the long list of top quality  strikers that Arsenal has despite Emmanuel Adebayor’s departure. But Wenger, it seems, thinks otherwise and is looking for a striker.

This is what Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud had to say:

“Wenger has called me.

“He told me he has a list of forwards and Marouane is one of the names on it.

“However, I expect this could be a complex case which could become a soap opera.”

The last sentence makes one fear this could drag down till the deadline. So hopefully Wenger goes for Huntelaar instead because considering Real are desperately looking to offload him, it shouldn’t take that long and hence Wenger can make moves for some holding midfielders.

chamakh_marouaneBordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has attracted interest from a trio of Premier League clubs namely Arsenal, Sunderland and Blackburn. Arsenal are considered to be front runners to sign the Morroccon international as Chamakh himself admitted it would be a dream come to true to play for Arsenal.

He has identified Arsenal as his first choice club but if the deal fails to go through he would not mind moving to either Sunderland or Blackburn.

“If it happens with them (Arsenal) it’s great, otherwise it does not bother me to play for Sunderland or Blackburn.”

He seemed as Wenger’s first choice as well as Wenger had stated he would look for Chamakh if Adebayor leaves. Adebayor has now moved to Manchester City but despite that Wenger said they are not close to signing anyone at the moment. But he also added there is the money to spend if they find the right player.

One thing is for sure though that Chamakh will leave Bordeaux this summer. And as stated above, it would be to Arsenal if Wenger actually wants him. He said “I will go, even if the manager and the club officials want me to stay.”

BORDEAUX_CHAMAKH_010309Arsene Wenger had identified Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh as Emmanuel Adebayor’s replacement way in advance. According to reports Bordeaux have already turned down a £6.9m offer from Arsenal.

However Wenger is expected to improve his offer and bid again as Adebayor’s departure seems highly likely now. One thing is for sure, unless Bordeaux are once again not satisfied with the amount Wenger is willing to pay for the Moroccon international the deal will be done as Chamakh has claimed it would be a dream to play for Arsenal joining a long list of players to have said that!

“If it materialises, I will accept Arsenal. It would be a dream.”

Huntelaar is another option available in Real Madrid’s unwanted forward Klass-Jan Huntelaar but the low price of Chamakh seems to attract Wenger more as Huntelaar is nearly £10m more expensive.

BORDEAUX_CHAMAKH_010309Arsenal have been linked with highly rated Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh this summer even though 14 goals from 42 games last season doesn’t seem like a good enough record to attract interest from Arsene Wenger.

Now Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has confirmed that Wenger is not interested in Chamakh:

“That is only chatter.

“I don’t know where it came from, but I never heard any Arsenal representatives since (Sylvain) Wiltord, which means almost eight years.”

It’s not a surprise really because Arsene Wenger made it clear Arsenal have enough strikers and don’t need any more of them. Even if Wenger did change his mind, I doubt he would have gone for Chamakh.

chamakh_3213Marouane Chamakh is just one of a long list of players linked with Arsenal so far this summer. But just like most of the other rumors it seems this has also been made-up and has no truth to it.

Bordeaux president has denied that the player has received any offer from any Premier League club.

“Chamakh has not received any offer or enquiry by a big or small Premier League club. The only enquiry has come from a Swiss club.”

So this rumor should be down and dusted now. But I am sure it will stick around thanks to Sun, News of the World etc. until Arsene signs some another new player.

One player that could well be on his way to Arsenal is Carlos Tevez. Ok it seems highly unlikely especially given that the asking price is £25m but Randy Osae has some good points that it might just happen.