Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 3
Here we track another week in the Arsenal rumour mill.
It is ever-churning, even while the title chase is ramping up to peak intensity. Indeed, specious or well-founded, it will only spit out more stories when Arsenal suffer a surprising loss, as they did against Stoke City last weekend.
With a bevy of international friendlies set to commence, let us sate ourselves with these stories.
Arsene Wenger Confirms Interest in Antoine Griezmann
Though the probability of a move actually happening this summer is fairly low, as it always is, this story importantly includes quotes from the manager himself.
Wenger stated that Arsenal had been "following Antoine Griezmann for a long time."
This one is worth keeping our eyes on, as Griezmann is currently third in La Liga scoring charts, and everyone knows that Arsenal need a striker this summer.
Arsenal Fan Starts Petition to Get Liverpool to Release Suarez
Not silly enough yet?
Liverpool are supposed to pay Arsenal £4.5 million to give up their own best player.
"My dad is a lawyer and thinks because Liverpool has breached Suarez’ contract he can legally switch to Arsenal for FREE," the starter of the petition wrote on Twitter (via Metro).
It's nice to begin the week with a little levity.
Bacary Sagna Tells Teammates He's Leaving at the End of the Season
With his current deal expiring at the end of this season, Bacary Sagna will sign his final lucrative contract with another team, according to The Sun (via ESPN.co.uk).
The Frenchman has been a rock in the Arsenal defense since he joined in 2007 and is still at the peak of his powers. He has suffered a bit from a lack of support on the right wing this season but has been as strong as ever, with Arsenal racking up a stellar defensive record in the last year.
However, he has apparently told his teammates that this season will be his last in red and white. The Sun cites a potential £120,000-per-week offer from Galatasaray that would be quite difficult to turn down.
Replacing Sagna if he leaves will surely be one of Arsene Wenger's toughest tasks this summer.