Napoli and Arsenal vie for hand of young Patrick Herrmann

Nov 22, 2011
Bill Mann

Cost of getting Herrmann and Mario Goetze to the Emirates just keeps going up

ARSENAL have a fight on their hands to sign Patrick Herrmann after Napoli muscled in on the act. According to Talksport, the 20-year-old midfielder is on Arsene Wenger's New Year shopping list having been in scintillating form for Borussia Monchengladbach this season. Herrmann, a star of the German Under-21 scene, has played a large part in his club's impressive start to the season and the The  Gunners were tipped to make an offer in January.  

But Talksport claims that Herrmann's form has also caught the eye of Napoli and the Italian outfit are lining up a New Year bid of their own. Apparently Arsenal had been hoping to land Herrmann for as little as £3m but that price could rocket if a bidding war breaks out.

Still with Arsenal and the Daily Mail reports that if they still have their heart set on Borussia Dortmund dynamo Mario Goetze it's going to cost them a record £30m. The Gunners have been linked with the 19-year-old playmaker for several months, and tonight they'll have another chance to run the rule over the talented teenager when the two clubs clash at the Emirates in the Champions League group match.

Arsenal were mightily impressed by Goetze the first time they faced Dortmund in September, but the Mail says he won't come cheap. Nonetheless Arsenal are committed to snaring Goetze in January and the Mail claims that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis "will discuss the club's interest in Goetze with Dortmund officials" today.

As the pressure piles on Andre Villas-Boas following Chelsea's slump in form, The Daily Telegraph reports that the beleaguered Blues coach is looking to Bolton central defender Gary Cahill to bolster his back line. The paper says that owner Roman Abramovich has started to look over Villas-Boas's shoulder in recent days, but for the time being the Portuguese retains the Russian's trust.

However, Villas-Boas is also determined to continue rebuilding the ageing squad he inherited when he arrived in July,  and to that end will look to buy Cahill in January. The Telegraph says that the 25-year-old, who is n the last year of his contract at Bolton, could be available for less than half the £15m that Bolton wanted last August when Tottenham made an approach. Apparently Villas-Boas sees Cahill forming a solid defensive unit with John Terry similar to the partnership they enjoy with England.

Another player said to be in Chelsea's sights is Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin. According to the Uruguayan centre-back could be on the brink of a move to the Bridge. Apparently Chelsea have made a previous approach for the 25-year-old defender but were out of luck. Now, however, it appears they might have more success after Godin told "If there is interest from Chelsea, I will study it [but] at the moment, there is nothing."

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