Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will not be improving his offer for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.
The Arsenal manager is reluctant to improve his bid and has suggested that the agreement is dead unless Bordeaux change their stance.
“In five months, if he doesn’t prolong his contract, Chamakh will be free to talk to any club and Bordeaux won’t get anything,” the Frenchman told L’Equipe.
“In the current context, to me, it is over. Let’s say that at the moment it is terminated.
“I like Chamakh, he is a forward that attracts me, but I already have (Theo) Walcott, (Nicklas) Bendtner, (Robin) Van Persie, (Andriy) Arshavin and Eduardo. I am in no rush.
“My offer seems fair to me, taking the market into account. Chamakh would be good, but there are other options should we wish to pursue them.”
Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has revealed that he may be prepared to xut the €18million price-tag recently placed on Chamakh’s head.
“I am an admirer of Marouane’s qualities and that is why I set the price so high,” he said.
“I will admit that the fee I quoted is excessive, but Arsenal’s offer is still a long way short.
“I won’t say that I will hold out for €18million, but Bordeaux need to benefit from this deal as well.”