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Arsene’s Attention Turns To Youthful £18M Target

Arsene Wenger is set to bring relief to gunner fans as he looks set to sign a new goal keeper. Manuel Almunia has had chance after chance and has ultimately failed to prove himself at the highest level, whilst Lukasz Fabianski excels at delighting the opposition with shocking and costly performances.

Unless you’ve spent your summer on an expedition to the North Pole, you’ll be more than aware of the interest Arsene Wenger has shown in Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer. With an initial bid of £2million turned down, Arsenal are set to add another million to sign the Australian on a two year deal within the week.

That is providing Mark Hughes can bring in sufficient cover for Schwarzer. The Welshman hopes to acquire the services of Shay Given, who he signed when he was still managing Man City.

Until a replacement is signed, Hughes will ignore the pleads of Schwarzer to let him go:

“Nothing has moved on. Myself and Mark have had conversations and I fully understand the reasoning behind the fact that he maybe wants to take up the opportunity.
“We are not going to put Fulham’s position or reputation at risk by making promises we can’t fulfil, so at the moment it’s very much the status quo and nothing has moved on.”

This has led to the belief that Wenger isn’t relying solely on signing the 37-year-old as rumours circulate regarding an £18million bid for Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris.

Highly rated in France, Lloris is 14 years younger than Schwarzer and is a hot prospect for the future. Having already broken in to the French squad, the 23-year-old has made 12 appearances for his country. Lloris has also won the Ligue 1 ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ award two seasons in a row.

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