Report: Leverkusen rebuff Arsenal’s €23m Bender bid

Report: Leverkusen rebuff Arsenal’s €23m Bender bid

According to German newspaper Express.de, Bayer Leverkusen have rejected a huge bid from Arsenal for defensive midfielder Lars Bender.

The report claims that the Gunners had already tabled one offer for the 24-year-old German international before returning with a second last week in the region of €23m.

Unfortunately, before anyone gets too excited, both have been rejected out of hand by the Bundesliga club who having sold Andre Schurrle to Chelsea for a similar figure, are neither in need of the cash nor particularly willing to see their midfield further weakened.

Bender, whose twin brother Sven plays for Borussia Dortmund, last signed a contract extension at the BayArena in March 2012 and is contracted until 2017.

We really shouldn’t have told everyone we have all this cash burning a whole in our pockets…

 

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  1. Oh fuuuuuck! lol. Where did this come from? My mind is like melted chocolate, who exactly are we targeting? So many names, so many stories and, above all else so much bullshit!
    In Arsene i trust………..

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  2. Bastards!!

    I fear this what the next two months will be like – since that clubs know that we’ve loads of cash but always try to drive a decent price.

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  3. Bayern were rebuffed a year ago when they tried buying Bender which prompted them to go for Martinez. Can’t see Leverkusen selling him, they’re flush with cash after selling Schürrle and Carvajal and are playing CL next season.
    Would be awesome though, great box-to-box midfielder, technically accomplished, very good engine.

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    • And you can’t see us going back with a higher offer, that’s roughly £20m. Arsene must rate him VERY highly. This is quite a sensational story if true.

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      • It’s also being said that Leverkusen’s ‘no’ is a definite one and not a question of value. Certainly all signs point towards that, they let go of Schürrle because they couldn’t see him getting much better and waited till they had a replacement. The same won’t happen with Bender, he’s only getting better plus the way the popularity of the Bundesliga is increasing they can still probably sell him later maybe for 30m.

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        • You don’t listen, they won’t sell now because of the situation they’re in. They’re building a team, they already lost players and it would be hard to find a suitable replacement. Bender will only get better and more valuable, there’s absolutely no reason for them to sell him now.

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  4. Cracking player, would be very happy to make it out of this transfer window with higuain, grenier, and bender. Come on Dicky Law, make it happen!

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  5. Great to see we’re being proactive. Two big money bids for a player and we were all moaning about the club wasting time.

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  6. I wonder why people are taking this as fact, just because a newspaper reported it by no means it actually happened, or that its on or off the table. I see no sources or quotes in the article which is even more suspicious.

    Its silly season, remember?

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  7. Ehh what about fellaini?his clause is only another extra million, its not like they will say we want 30m..so it won’t be rejected!get him in,or else put an afro on Bendtner and let him play that role!

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    • But then Bender might want to be paid less than Fellaini, so this transfer would work out costing us less. Wages have to come into the equation somewhere and I would guess they are also part of this transfer fund we have.

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        • Plus Fellaini is NOT a defensive midfielder; not in Wenger’s eyes anyway. In an interview last year, when Wenger first stated interest in Fellaini, he said he was playing further and further forward and would end up a striker.

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    • You have to hedge your bets, you can’t just plan with having one player in mind. What if Fellaini doesn’t want to come to Arsenal at all? You have to have alternatives.

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      • Or maybe we just like Bender better. I’d like to believe that this summer, a couple of million here or there won’t cause us to go for a cheaper alternative.

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  8. Might be a negotiating ploy, make it public that we are looking at targets other than Fellaini in the hope he’ll accept lower wages than he’s supposedly asked for to secure the transfer.

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    • That’s fair enough, but if Arsene prefers Bender, then i’ll have to trust he’s judgement over yours.
      But keep up the good work :-)

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    • Gustavo is very defensive minded, more of a pure defensive midfielder, Bender is more of a box-to-box player, very energetic but also very good at connecting the attack wit the rest of the team. I think we’re looking more for that kind of player. Paulinho on the other hand could be good, but it’s always a risk, brazilians in the PL, even if it goes well there’s always a long accomodation time.

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    • Not sure about Alma-doh-vaaaah, but Paulinho would require a work permit. Not worth the hassle, in my opinion.

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  9. Point noted but I just wanted to see Arsene mix it up with a bit of Belgian chocolate added to the midfield, he is a smooth operator. Smooth like chocolate boy plus he has an afro. He’s worth all our budget,blow the lot on him!hoping Cesar and Higuain announced shortly or else I have wasted a lot of time reading pointless articles elsewhere!

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  10. They just made a mint from selling Dani Carvajal back to madrid and Schurrle to the chavs so don’t really need to sell. unfortunately, he for me would be more reliable defensively than Fellaini, who I would be very surprised if we did truly go for. Bender has played RB, DM, CM and RM in last couple years

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    • Madrid got Daniel Carvajal for around €10M (not a lot) but he desperately wanted to go and B04L couldn’t do a lot to stop him. I’m guessing he felt that sitting on the bench at RM was better for his prospects with the national side. But I don’t see him displacing Sergio Ramos or Raphael Varane any time soon.

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  11. During the last few years the narrative was: “Arsenal lose out to …” or “Arsenal outbid by …”

    Now it’s: “Arsenal target staying put” and “Arsenal bid whopping amount on person no one’s ever heard of”

    Sure, there are still a bunch of “snubbed” and “shunned” articles by sozzled old hacks still living in the past. But by-and-large things have changed. And, I guess, we’ve got to change too.

    But this is the step-in-the-right-direction we’ve been wishing for. And season-on-season, as we reclaim our allure, things will get better. Until there comes a point when (a) money really is no object and (b) everyone wants to play for us. Or at least that’s the plan in my head.

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  12. Arsenal is made up of three top quality players, a dozen fourth place trophy players and the rest are rubbish. We need a bare minimum of four top class players to give us a tiny chance of winning the league. There is no hurry, the window is open until Sept3rd. The super rich clubs will buy who they want but there will still be top quality available to us, certainly a lot better than some of the crud deadwood holding us back.

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  13. This guy makes much more sense than the lazy Fellaini rumours that the British press seem intent on pushing.

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  14. i know you meant the “We really shouldn’t have told everyone we have all this cash burning a whole in our pockets…” line as a joke to end the post, but think about it…

    A club with serious ambitions to buy players for good value would never reveal information like that because it would only make negotiations for transfer fees harder to complete.

    On the other hand, a club with serious problems selling tickets needs to give the fans a reason to keep buying.

    Which club are we?

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  15. Just to let you all know sky sports news just confirmed this is true arsenal have put a bid in for bender, in my opinion and im just college student no Arsene Wenger lol I think bender should be are no.1 priority for midfield he has it all quality player with all the abilities you need in mid reminds me of a young roy keane expect without the crazy mad aggression, this guy would cover every blade of grass! If we can snap him up along with Higuain and Cesar then I think we will be a force in the league, cant wait!

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  16. Bit wank that they haven’t accepted but with th cash they have now after sales you can’t really blame them. Good to see we’re going for these type of players though. Next few weeks should be interesting

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  17. Is there any truth in the rumour that the player himself said;
    ‘ No ‘ followed by ‘ You can bite my shiny metal ass, chumps ‘ , as he left the negotiations in disarray, exiting the room smoking a big fat cigar and swigging on a bottle of beer, looking for his best friend, Fry ?

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  18. Why are so many people here moaning like old ladies with lumbago(!).

    It’s the first day of the transfer window and we’ve not brought anyone in yet.

    Not true. We’ve signed Yaya Sanogo, Dan Crowley, Jamaal Raage, and Julio Plezeguelo. (The future.)

    We’ve let go of Denilson, Arshavin, and Squilacci plus a huge cull of the youth squad.

    We’re working to offload Bendtner. Mannone’s off the Sunderland (I think). Djourou’s off to Hamburg (rightly on loan). We’re probably talking to other clubs about the likes of Miyaichi and Frimpong. Gervinho (and others) may well be in the mix too.

    The point is we’re working to reduce our wage bill AND know what any 2013/14 wage bill is likely to be before all our major transfers are completed.

    We’re also not losing any players we want to keep.

    The only area where we’ve not heard anything concrete yet is regarding major signings. Yet these aren’t the kind of signings of past years – they’re marquee signings like Higuain and Fellaini. Or if the dubious news above is true – Bender. Or even more dubiously – Rooney.

    One of the biggest complaints of recent times is the amount of ‘dead wood’ we’ve been paying. That’s been largely addressed since the end of the season with more progress being made.

    So why all the groaning? Stuff takes time. And in between work is being done on other things. But most of all none of us has a scintilla of a clue about what’s really happening. That includes the press who we all agree speculates for a living.

    The ‘information’ in the above article comes from just one source – Express.de. Hugely reputable – NOT! I mean it. It’s comparable with The Star (If The Star were owned by Murdoch.).

    Moreover, given what we know about how AFC/AW does business, don’t you rather think that our first contact would have been over availability and not some idle out-of-the-blue punt worth €23M?

    Some of you might be frustrated by the lack of progress regarding major signings, but there’s really no reason to. Unless, of course, you believe everything you read in Express.de etcetera.

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    • I get your point and agree in some way, but the frustration lies in the fact that the longer we wait, the more likely we’ll lose out on these big marquee signings.

      Imagine this; we don’t sign anyone of note. Imagine that we pick up 6 or 7 players who you’ve never heard of outside “MAD GENERIC £5M PLAYERZ SKILLLZZZ” on YouTube, which has 48 views and is 3 minutes of said player spraying passes around the pitch with wild abandon to some God-awful Skrillex remix or something.

      It’s perfectly plausible, and perfectly possible. That’s what we’re all worried about, and for good reason – the club has never really done anything to make us believe any different.

      The motto of this summer is “Actions speak louder than words”. Until they sign someone of note – or even, two or three signings of note – I think gooners have a right to be worried.

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      • I’m not 100% certain but I rather think that somewhere in the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights (aka UDHR) is the ‘right to be worried’. And there’s little doubt ‘repetitive historical behaviour’ is a very decent argument to support any form of disquiet.

        But there are four things I’d say in counterpoint.

        The first is that we’ve already seen one of the biggest culls in AFC squaddie history – from Bendtner to Arshavin, and Squilacci to Denilson … they’re being shipped out like … you, know … something being shipped out very, very, quickly. This is new behaviour and somewhat long overdue. Other new behaviour is keeping all our players – even ones coveted by ‘bigger’ clubs. That’s new too. To me, this is consistent with ‘doing things differently’.

        Secondly, we’ve the logic. The augmentation in commercial revenue … new sponsorship deal, new kit deal, and the massive increase in Premier League broadcasting dosh is indicative of having a decent-sized budget to play with this summer. I don’t know how much it is (not believing anything but accountants on the rack), but I do think it’s there. Which is also new.

        Thirdly, there’s the announcements (Ivan’s) that “were’re soon to be on a par” … “we’ve got money to spend” … “we’re going big, big, big”. Which sort-of tells me AFC are serious. It’s not very wise to engage in that kind of language if it doesn’t actually happen unless you’re keen to get slaughtered at the next AGM etc.

        And lastly the quality of rumour we’re all getting. Still as valueless as other off-seasons, but definitively up-market. That too is new.

        So, I don’t quite go along with the ‘repetitive historical behaviour’ argument that underpins the ‘right to be worried’, that’s supported by the UDHR, that’s enforced by The Hague (place not person).

        On the other hand if we do start signing a bunch of WTF’s from Ligue 2 then I’ll be resolutely corrected.

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        • Heh, it’s a battle of cynicism versus optimism.

          I get what you’re saying, and I’d be surprised if we do end up with just a few rejects from the lower leagues, and I say that as a pessimist. But saying that we’re not allowed to be worried because things ‘look good’ isn’t really a great counter, no matter how you dress it up.

          Ivan said the exact same things about ‘strengthening’ last year, the same bullshit. We apparently had £60m to spend then, a widely reported ‘fact’ that quickly went sour. The year before, if you recall, Le Prof and Ivan declared that they wanted to do their business early; we signed a couple of youngsters and Gerv, before waiting until the 8-2 spanking before doing anything.

          Just because the club apparently has money, doesn’t mean that we’re going to spend it, nor spend it wisely.

          My point is, I don’t want people to get carried away on a wave of optimism – it’s soul destroying if and when it doesn’t come to fruition. Likewise, I don’t want people to drown in a sea of pessimism either. It’s good to hope for signings, but don’t get carried away. While the club might be better off than before, it’s still the same people carrying the purse, after all.

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  19. Surely get a knock down on the price. Who’s going to.walk around with in an Arsenal shirt with Bender written on the back?

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    • I think if the board wanted to get any sort of money from his shirt sales they’d have to get ‘Lars’ printed on the back of the shirts.

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  20. Never been so encouraged to have a bid rejected (if true) 23 mill? Glad to see we really have the money and are (allegedly) willing the spend it

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  21. €23 mil is not nearly going to get this done. People on here act like just because Arsenal might have decided to make an offer in a price range higher than they ever did before that that will automatically bring any player in. The offer is still way too low and is still in line with the low-balling approach of seasons past. Bender will not go for anything less than €30 mil, which Bayern already offered last year before they bought Martinez for €40 mil. Additionally, it doesn’t seem that Leverkusen wants to sell at all (just like last year) – no matter what is on offer.

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  22. To the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”:

    “Bender, Bender, Bender, Bender, Nasri and Persie like a double ender.”
    “The showed us how ugly and strong are their wives, it doesn’t matter, you’re not red and white.
    Lars Bender. Bender. Lars Bender. Bender. Woo!”

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  23. First we didn’t buy for we didn’t have the money. Now we are willing but they aren’t selling. Frustrating.

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  24. Isn’t bender similar to Ramsey.. Give Ramsey another half a season and he’ll be up there with the best.

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