Watford could turn to other targets after refusing to meet Arsenal’s £15m valuation of Kieran Gibbs.

  • Arsenal’s asking price is said to be too high, even in today’s market
  • Gibbs’ wage demands also believed to be too high for interested clubs
  • Watford could look at cheaper alternatives, such as Middlesbrough’s George Friend

It’s not often that Arsenal price out clubs interested in their players, but that seems to be the case with Kieran Gibbs.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal’s £15m asking price is proving to be too much for the host of mid-table clubs interested in Gibbs.

One of those clubs, Watford, and now said to be looking at other, cheaper targets, such as Middlesbrough’s George Friend.

It makes sense why, even in today’s market where Premier League teams are loaded with cash, £15m is too high a price. Gibbs has played little first team football recently, has struggled with injuries throughout his career and has only a year left on his contract.

On top of that, Gibbs is believed to be demanding £80k p/w in wages, which would make him a top earner at a lot of Premier League clubs.

Arsenal won’t want to sell cheaply, but it’s looking they’ll have to come down on their asking price if they want to get any money for the player.

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