Arsenal's £20 million ($29.92 million) asking price for
Arsenal rejected a bid from Manchester United for the striker three weeks ago and although the London club appears to have reduced its asking price to £20 million,
While confusion surrounds the striker's future, what is clear is that his suitors value him highly.
The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has held 'private discussions' with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over an improved offer for the Dutch striker, which could involve cash plus add ons.
Old Trafford appears to be
"It's very easy to say you want to play next to
"He's a great player. He's proved it so many times last season and any team he would play for he'd make it stronger."
The Dutchman, whose contract expires at the end of the 2012-2013 season, was booed by a section of the travelling support when he came off the bench, but Arsenal centre-back
"To me he looks fit and sharp in training," Vermaelen said.
"He's working hard. He's working on his fitness. I don't see anything (different) and I hope he stays the next four years as well.
"I don't know what happens behind the scenes but at the moment I can only say he's a player for Arsenal.
"I feel really positive for the new season. If we all stay fit, the squad is strong enough to compete for the title."
Arsenal's other centre-half,
"I played with him at Tours and he was a great player then - now he is even more confident and scores a lot of goals," Koscielny told Arsenal Player.
"I know his qualities and he will give a lot for us.
"I know he has the physical quality to play in this league. For a striker it is [about] confidence and I am sure he is working hard to start well with Arsenal.
"He is tall, like
"We were together on holiday and he said he wants to go to
"Everyone wants to play for Barcelona. Song would fit right in at Barcelona. He has all the qualities to play there.
"He is like
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