Arsenal face problems in the race to sign Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella. The Ligue 1 club's deputy chairman, Laurent Nicollin, has warned interested clubs the former French champions will demand €100m for the 23-year-old.
"He is non-transferable. We try to anticipate and plan things, even in football, but it's complicated. The desire of the club is to keep Remy - he was told and knows this. If a club arrives and offers 100m euros, it will be discussed though," Nicollin told French radio station RMC.
Cabella has had a good season for the club, with seven goals and eight assists from 30 games. His efforts were not enough to see the club retain its Ligue 1 title from last year but did ensure they finished in a safe mid-table position.
His form earned him interest from Arsene Wenger and Tutto Mercato Web said the youngster was a priority target for the north London club's chiefs.
Meanwhile, the club are likely to lose Morocco international Younes Belhanda; the Express linked the 23-year-old to both Arsenal and Tottenham and he was given permission to open talks last month. The strong possibility he will leave has further strengthened Montpellier's desire to hang on to Cabella.
"He'll be staying. We can't lose both Belhanda and Cabella at the same time. [Benjamin] Stambouli and Cabella are important players. We want to keep the backbone of our team. Some players won't be kept, one or two will leave and two or three will come in, though 80% of the team will be the same as this season. We want to keep our best elements," Nicollin explained.
Nacho Monreal Hails Former Manager
Finally, the Gunners' left-back, Nacho Monreal, has praised former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Spain international worked with the Chilean during the first half of last season, before his January transfer to the Emirates. Pellegrini has since confirmed he will leave the La Rosaleda club ahead of the new season, with speculation suggesting he will replace the sacked Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
"He [Pelligrini] is the best coach I've worked under, the one who taught me the most. Arsene Wenger is Arsenal's lynchpin. Everything goes through him. He's a motivator. He gave me confidence by putting me in the team as soon as I arrived," Monreal said.