Chelsea is circling and Arsenal know it.
Roberto Di Matteo took his summer bill past the £80million mark with the £7m Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, from Marseille and the £9m transfer of Wigan’s Victor Moses.
Yet, they could still make a play for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
Which is why Arsenal opened fresh contract talks with Theo Walcott.
“Negotiations continue. At the moment not directly with me, but we try to sort it out one way or the other,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
“We want to extend his contract and keep him at the club — but you need not only our desire. His desire is also right, he wants to stay and we need to find an agreement,” he added.
Chelsea’s Di Matteo has other pressures to deal with.
“I already have enough pressure. I think the pressure is always there, new signings or not.”
Chelsea’s hopes of off-loading Florent Malouda are being scuppered by the midfielder’s wage demands.