Arsene Wenger has already done business with French side Montpelier. In the summer he signed Olivier Giroud from the French Champions and if the gossip it to be believed he also had a word of two about defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – who is now a Newcastle player.
Might he be picking up the phone to the club to talk about another player? Several sites are running with the news that Montpelier’s Moroccan playmaking midfielder Younes Belhanda could be available after Inter Milan appear to have passed on the player and Turkish club Fenerbahçe’s offer was rejected.
Montpelier chairman Laurent Nicollin told French newspaper Midi Libre…
“I’ve had no firm offer from Inter and we refused Fenerbahçe’s offer to pay in three instalments.”
Arsenal were reportedly interested in the player in the summer and there was a point where it appeared that Belhanda would be following Giroud to The Emirates.
Last summer Wenger wrote about Belhanda in his blog for French Eurosport.
“He plays without any complexities, his real talent is dribbling, passing and he has good technique which can influence any game.
“I love this player.”
He would be available for between £6-8 million, but quite where he would fit into the current Arsenal set up remains to be seen, maybe as a long term replacement for Tomas Rosicky.
This is another transfer that could got to the wire, just the way Arsene likes it.
UPDATE – At least one source says that Inter have agreed a fee for the player
UPDATE 2 – Inter have denied that a deal has been done for the player, saying they haven’t made an offer
By Ashley | January 23rd, 2013