By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has confirmed that he is chasing William Gallas. But if a bid for the Chelsea defender fails then he could bring in other players before the transfer deadline closes.
Of course, the Stamford Bridge side have an ongoing interest in Arsenal defender Ashley Cole. Wenger has given the left back permission to leave but a deal has not been concluded. Now Wenger has declared an interest is bringing someone in the opposite direction.
"I have made an offer for [Gallas] and that is how far as we are," said the Frecnhman at Tuesday's press conference ahead of the Champions League tie with Dinamo Zagreb.
"We have not spoken to the player yet and you need to agree personal terms. We have a salary cap here and he comes from a club with no salary cap.
"I don't know if it is possible to agree personal terms and agree with Chelsea. But I will not come out with our negotiations. At the moment I feel we have to keep that story as quiet as possible and see what comes out of it."
Gallas certainly fits with the "versatile defender" Wenger suggested he needed in pre-season. But it seems that although the 29-year-old French international is the most likely arrival, there are other players in the manager's sights.
"He is a good defender," said Wenger. "He can play right back, left back and centre back. We want the player because we made an offer for him. That is clear.
"But he is not the only player we are likely to get, as you know there is always a lot happening in the last few days [before the transfer window shuts]. However he is a player we have a chance to get. He wants to leave Chelsea and Ashley Cole wants to leave us."
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