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Obafemi Martins to swap Newcastle United for Arsenal

According to the Sun, Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins has been told he can leave St James’ Park if any of his suitors should match or better his ₤15million price tag. However, the 23 year old Nigerian international could go for less if he hands in a transfer request, which would trigger a ₤13million release clause.

Arsenal has long been linked with Martins, but manager Arsene Wenger has so far refused to budge from his ₤11million evaluation of the former Internazionale star. However, the Frenchman may well give up an extra ₤2million as his squad will look desperately low on firepower if he does not make some key purchases this summer.

The Gunners will be without Eduardo da Silva for the first few months of next season, while Robin van Persie is yet to prove he can regain the form he had before injury and Emmanuel Adebayor appears certain to leave the Emirates for Barcelona or Milan.

Having recently agreed a new ₤80,000 per week deal only to have it scrapped at the last moment as the Magpies seek to cut their wage bill, Martins may be well inclined to look for work elsewhere.

[Source: The Sun]

Mon 30 June, 2008
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