Schwarzer deal still on the cards despite arrival of Hughes
Arsenal are set to rekindle their interest in Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer after former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes agreed to become the club’s new manager.
It was originally thought that Hughes had priced himself out of the job by demanding to bring in his own backroom staff, but these reports appear to be wide of the mark which means he is now on the verge of replacing Roy Hodgson.
Fulham’s appointment of a new manager is likely to speed up the departure of Schwarzer, as the veteran is not expected to be in Hughes’ plans for the new season.
Arsene Wenger has not gone back to Fulham since their £2million bid was rejected but it is believed that they are still keen on the 37-year old.
Schwarzer moved to Fulham from Middlesbrough in May 2008 and helped the Cottagers to the Europa League final last season but is now set to move on.
And the Frenchman sees 37-year-old Schwarzer as the perfect age to plug the gap for two or three years while Fabianski continues to grow in stature – in much the same way as former Fulham stopper Edwin van der Sar has done at Manchester United.
However, some fans have suggested that Hughes may want to put a spanner in the works due to the Welshman’s previous with Wenger whilst the former was manager at both Blackburn and Manchester City.
This seems highly unlikely though, as Fulham are already reportedly closing in on David James as Schwarzer’s replacement.
Fulham chief executive Alistair Mackintosh is expected to continue talks with his Arsenal counterpart Ivan Gazidis when the South African returns from America later this week.