Posts Tagged ‘Montpelier’


Arsenal to line up Diaby replacement?

By Stefano on April 25th, 2013

Arsenal have already done one deal with French Champions Montpelier – might they be about to do another one? According to The Express Younes Belhanda, who has been on Wenger’s radar for a while now, is set to leave the club in the summer and may end up joining his old team mate Olivier Giroud at Arsenal.

Belhanda was linked with a move to the Gunners in the winter transfer window as Arsene looked to add steel and finesse to his midfield. Now Montpelier seem resigned to letting him go.

“The door is open for Younes to find a bigger club than ours,” Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin told French radio station RMC.

“I don’t know where yet but he wants to leave. It’ll take €10-11 million though.

“He’s a boy I love, but we gave him a big salary after winning the title.

“Next year, we can’t do that as we don’t have the Champions League.”

Belhanda can play anywhere across the middle and would probably be seen as a replacement for Diaby and or Rosciky, both of whom may not feature too heavily next season due to ongoing injury issues.

The player has also interested Spurs in the past too.


Arsenal update: Long-term Wenger target Younes Belhanda looks like an option

By Stefano on January 23rd, 2013

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

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