Arsene Wenger will allow goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to leave the club this month should the right offer come along.
Goal.com reported last month that Wenger had privately agreed to let the Spaniard leave, but this story was strongly denied by the Gunners gaffer.
Atletico Madrid and Malaga have both been interested in the custodian for some time, and a return to his native Spain could prove a tempting offer for the former No.1.
The Frenchman told The Guardian: “It will be up to him. There has been interest from Spain, yes. It’s difficult to give a percentage over whether he’ll stay or not. It’s never easy [to go from captain and first choice goalkeeper to third choice], but that’s part of our job.”
Aaron Ramsey will be recalled from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. The Welshman’s contract at the County Ground expires after Forest’s trip to Ipswich today, and Wenger is not likely to allow the starlet to extend his stay.
Abou Diaby picked up a calf strain against Wigan last week, and this is thought to be the primary reason for Ramsey’s return.
According to Clubcall, Wenger said: “Ramsey will definitely come back. He did not get the number of games [at Forest] that he, or we, wanted because of the snow.”
Forest manager Billy Davies responded, telling BBC Radio Nottingham: “If that’s the case it’s a pity we never got more use out of him. He has certainly been a joy to work with and a credit to himself and club.”
Madrid join Fabregas race.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho looks set to launch a £35m bid for Cesc Fabregas in a cheeky attempt to snatch the former Barcelona boy from under the noses of his boyhood club.
The Daily Mail for reporting the story, claiming that the former Chelsea boss wants to partner Fabregas with ex-Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Mourinho will reportedly pull out all the stops in an effort to land the player, who himself has refused to rule out the possibility of an eventual switch to the Bernabeu.