Italian giants AS Roma are preparing a January move for Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue. The Italian side shocked current Serie A leaders Milan on Saturday, beating them 1-0 at the San Siro, and are now looking to make a few more additions to their squad in order to sustain a serious title challenge.
I must admit, a glance at the Roma squad isn’t exactly convincing evidence that Eboue will get regular first team football; whether he were to play in defence or midfield, the Ivorian would be behind Cicinho, Juan and Daniele De Rossi on the right flank. However, he certainly seems surplus to requirements at the Emirates these days, and a change of scenery might well be all he is looking for at the moment.
Arsene Wenger would certainly be happy to receive £5m for Eboue’s services, and I daresay few Arsenal fans would be sorry to see him go, either. However, there seems to be some confusion over exactly how far negotiations between the clubs have gone so far, so Wenger won’t be getting his hands on the cash just yet.
For example, Itasportpress.it claims that Eboue has so far merely expressed his desire to play in Serie A, but also reveals that every English tabloid has confirmed ongoing talks between Arsenal and Roma over Eboue’s transfer.
Then calciomercato.com pipes up and claims that although Arsenal are refusing to lower their asking price of £5m for Eboue, they may in fact have to go as low as £3m to avoid losing the player for nothing when his contract expires next summer.
So, that’s Eboue wants to go Italy, Arsenal and Roma invite the only the English press to all their negotiations, which aren’t progressing anyway and won’t until Arsenal accept £3m or nothing in January, before June.