Arsenal have reportedly had a £6 million bid turned down by Cardiff for Scottish international goalkeeper David Marshall.
The bid was lodged earlier this week but falls some way short of the valuation that Cardiff have for their 29 year old ‘keeper. They are thought to value Marshall at nearer £15 million, and would be happy to do a deal should they receive that price for one of the few Cardiff players who has emerged from the Bluebirds season fighting, and ultimately succumbing to relegation.
Cardiff owner Vincent Tan and the manager Ole Gunear Solskjaer recognise that the team is in need of a rebuilding job if it is to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, and feel that Marshall is a saleable asset that could allow them to redistribute the money towards other areas of the team.
Arsenal’s starting bid is considerably less than half the Bluebird’s valuation however and it is unlikely that Wenger will be prepared to go anywhere near the £15 million mark for a second choice goalkeeper. Marshall would be expected to strongly challenge Wojciech Szczęsny, however Arsenal do not see a great need for a new first team goalkeeper, merely for experienced back up.
Having spent most of his career in the Scottish Premiership and English Championship, Marshall would likely relish the opportunity to move back to the top flight. At 29 he is entering the prime of his career and would likely believe he has the ability to win a place in the Arsenal side.