Some exciting news today Gooners! Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has confirmed he is interested in taking Marouane Chamakh back to the club. The bad news is, it will only be on a loan and not a permanent deal.
The 28-year-old spent eight seasons with Bordeaux and looked like a bit of a player, so much so that Arsene Wenger decided to snap him up on a free in 2010.
However, Chamakh has been with us for over two years now and despite an impressive start, he has struggled badly over the past 18 months and looks well short of the required quality we need up front.
There were rumours we tried to get shot of him in the summer but nobody was willing to match his reported £55,000-a-week wages and it seems this is going to prevent Bordeaux from signing him on a permanent basis.
President Triaud said:
“A transfer is not worth discussing,” he said. “
His salary is very high. We have to talk to the people at Arsenal to see what the terms and conditions for a loan would be. He’s a talented boy but the situation is very complicated.”
Triaud is quoted as saying by ESPN.
Chamakh has openly admitted recently he’s becoming frustrated at his bit-part role at Arsenal, so hopefully a loan deal, at the very least, can be arranged in January. It’s best for all parties.
With any luck the Moroccan is willing to accept a wage cut and we could get shot of him on a permanent deal, but even getting his £55k wages off the books will help free up some budget to bring in a proven striker who can make a difference in the first team.