Bischoff set for surprise Emirates arrival
ARSENE WENGER is ready to spring another transfer surprise, and bring unknown French-Portuguese midfielder Amaury Bischoff to the Emirates. The 21-year-old is only in the reserves at top German club Werder Bremen, but the Bundesliga outfit have revealed t
ARSENE WENGER is ready to spring another transfer surprise, and bring unknown French-Portuguese midfielder Amaury Bischoff to the Emirates.
The 21-year-old is only in the reserves at top German club Werder Bremen, but the Bundesliga outfit have revealed this week that Arsenal are in talks with their player.
And Bischoff himself admitted on Tuesday: "I've been waiting for Arsene Wenger to return from the Euro 2008 final in Vienna, but I hope to sign in the next few days.
"Bremen was superb, but Arsenal is a huge opportunity for me," Bischoff told the leading German newspaper Bild.
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"Wenger has known me since my time at Strasbourg and believes in my quality. He trusts me to be in the first team. He has not put me under any pressure, he said to me 'take all the time you need.'"
Bischoff, who was born in Wenger's home province in France, Alsace, has dual nationality and his first professional club was Strasbourg, where Wenger spent most of his playing days.
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An attacking central or wide midfielder, he has struggled with injuries since joining Bremen in 2005, and has made only one substitute appearance for the first team in the UEFA Cup.
However, Wenger is ready to add the player to his young squad, although whther he will go straight into first team contention is debatable.
Wenger is also close to finalising the deal for Marseille's Samir Nasri, although a hitch with the France international's club has delayed the transfer.
Marseille are wrangling with French rivals Lyon over the transfer of Hatem Ben Arfa, and are believed to be unwilling to let Nasri leave before they have completed the move for Ben Arfa.
Meanwhile the Arsenal board are refusing to be held to ransom by Emmanuel Adebayor's pay demands, and could let the unsettled striker leave the Emirates.
Adebayor, 24, went public with his desire for an increased pay offer or a move to Spanish giants Barcelona at the weekend, but Arsenal chiefs are not listening to his claims.
Adebayor wants an increase to at least match the Gunners' top earners William Gallas and Cesc Fabregas, and said this week: "Either Arsenal give me what I want and I stay or they don't and I leave."
But Adebayor has three years remaining on his current Arsenal contract, and Wenger and the Arsenal board are set to resist the overtures of Barcelona and AC Milan and keep him at the club.