Fulham reject Arsenal move for Schwarzer
Published 23:00 09/06/10 By John Cross
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed that the Gunners have made Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer their top target this summer.
Mirror Sport revealed on May 15 that 37-year-old Schwarzer is Arsenal’s target to replace Manuel Almunia. Hill-Wood also admitted that Arsenal are almost resigned to losing William Gallas, as revealed in yesterday’s Mirror Sport.
Schwarzer, who signed a new one-year contract with Fulham in April, is anxious to join Arsenal but the Gunners have had a bid knocked back. It is believed Fulham want £3million.
French veteran Gallas, 33 in August, is also a target for Paris Saint Germain and Roma after Arsenal refused to bend their rule on not giving over-30s more than a one year contract extension.
Gallas wants a new two-year deal worth £80,000-a-week. Arsenal are now looking at Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny and Dynamo Kiev’s Senegalese defender Pape Diakhate as potential replacements.
Hill-Wood added: “We certainly have made an inquiry for him (Schwarzer) and they (Fulham) are not prepared to sell him, so we have gone away.
“If someone else is prepared to pay him (Gallas) that, good luck to him. We would very much like him to stay for another year, but we are not too sure about two.”