Monday, December 05, 2005

Arsenal likely to move for Ajax star, Liverpool hint at interest

The Dutch press has reported that a number of Ajax players who are out of contract and not re-signing are benched. While the Ajax coach, Danny Blind, claims this in not true, I believe it. Hatem Trabelsi, the best full back prospect in the world, has been nothing but a contract nightmare to Ajax, now that he is leaving, Arsenal are going to retry signing the mercurial talent.

The heavily offensive minded fullback had had a falling out with the team for 7 months which ended last year. The case ended up in court with Trabelsi claiming he was out of contract and could thus join Arsenal, which was courting him at the time.

The trouble began when Ajax announced they were extending the player's contract by two seasons. Trabelsi's deal included a clause which gave Ajax the option to do so. Trabelsi and his handlers claimed that the extension was not legal and said that Trabelsi had the right to a free transfer last summer. The player and team eventually made peace.

Arsenal, this time around are going to be battling a host of top clubs to the defender, the Italian big 3, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus are all keen for the player. Trust me, he's that good, better even, has the balance and pounce of a cat.

Today it was rumored Liverpool will join the hunt. Keep an eye out for a cash and swap which may include Djibril Cisse to Ajax for Trabelsi. Ajax’s striker woes this season have seen then way down the table in the Eredivisie. Cisse would probably balk at the deal but you never know.

Expect a January transfer window move; the Tunisian international right back will be out of contract this summer and Ajax want to get something for him.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is outstanding, along with Sagnol likely one of the two best RBs at the moment. I doubt Arsenal would go for him this time, however. Lauren had been dodgy early in the season when they were in for Trabelsi, but he's been solid since then. Unlike some of his teammates, he hasn't shown any signs of decline and will have two years left on his contract after this one. Trabelsi isn't exactly a "prospect" - he's 28. They also have two real prospects in Hoyte and Eboue, and have far greater needs at other positions.

12/05/2005 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Ajax Fan said...

Liverpool are going to swap their £14 million striker for a player who is out of contract in the summer? Methinks not.

In any case Cisse is not a striker in the Ajax tradition, his technique is poor and apart from pace and power he doesn't offer much.

12/06/2005 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trabelsi is brilliant, 'ol Cisse looks lazy and is only attribute is his speed.

12/06/2005 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say he's lazy, but he just doesn't have the skills required to play forward for Ajax.

12/07/2005 1:47 AM  

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