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Arsenal May Accept Gallas Plus Cash for Cole

After Arsenal's $9 million bid for Chelsea's William Gallas was met with a swap proposal for the club's $47 million-rated defender Ashley Cole, many wrote off the chances of either transfer going through. After all, offering a straight swap for a player rated nearly 4 times higher than Gallas is almost a slap in the face to Arsene Wenger and the Gunners. But The Independent claims that Wenger is now mulling over a counter offer that would see the Gunners send Cole to Chelsea in exchange for Gallas plus cashjust how much cash is uncertain, but it certainly won't be $40 million. Once again, Arsenal is leaving the door open for Cole to play elsewhere in the Champions League this season by siting him for tonight's Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Zagreb. The England left back was also left out of the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Aston Villa over the weekend. As for Gallas, Wenger confirmed Arsenal's bid for the unhappy Chelsea playera player swap plus cash deal could end the stalemate over Ashley Cole. "We have a chance to get the player because he wants to leave Chelsea and Ashley wants to leave Arsenal," said Wenger.

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