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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.”

KlaasJan_Huntelaar__387527399Arsene Wenger is finding it hard to cough up any more than £6m for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh but according to Real Madrid’s special advisor Zinedine Zidane, the Arsenal manager has bid a staggering £17m for unwanted Real Madrid forward Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

But despite the huge offer Zidane said the Dutchman is nearing a move to AC Milan instead. I could not find the exact comments anywhere so I am not exactly sure about the authenticity of this story.

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.”