Arsenal have reportedly opened proceedings with Birmingham with a possible bid for defender Scott Dann, reports Sky Sports.
The centre-back has been scouted by Stoke and Liverpool in previous weeks but it seems Arsenal have made the first concrete move for the 24-year-old.
Arsene Wenger is keen to shore-up his defence after last season’s defensive frailties came to light, which seen the Gunners eliminated from all competitions in a matter of two months.
It is believed Wenger is biding the negotiations with Dann to finalise Cesc Fabregas’ and Samir Nasri’s departures from the club and to reinvest the money recouped.
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Fab and Nasri exits imminent.
Arsenal midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are finally close to completing their switches away from the club, BBC Sport reports.
It is believed Fabregas is close to a deal worth in excess of £35m after Barcelona upped their bid for the player yesterday. The Spanish midfielder was selected in the squad for Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier against Udinese prompting the Catalan club to come in with an immediate bid, as they don’t want their new signing to be cup-tied in the competition.
Nasri is set for a move to Manchester City in a deal reported to be close to the £25m mark, following Gael Clichy to the Etihad Stadium.
The funds generated by the Gunners will be reinvested in players. And Arsene Wenger has moved swiftly in an initial bid for Dann, with a later bid for Gary Cahill to be expected at the weekend.
Arshavin worried on sales.
Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin has admitted that the pending exits of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri from the club would be ‘enormous’, reports The Guardian.
The Russian has admitted he knows it is tough to keep a player against his will but hopes Arsenal will still remain a force in the Barclays Premier League.
Arshavin said: ‘The policy of our club [next season] is the same, but it is difficult to say anything specific now, not least from the fact that two leading players, Cesc and Samir, have not decided their future.
‘The loss of any one of them would be enormous, and we naturally want to see Cesc and Samir play with us in the future – but if the player wants to leave the club … It is hard to say.’
Arshavin went on to say he believes his future remains at the club, stating that his future is ‘surely at Arsenal and not somewhere else.’
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