Just three weeks to go until the winter transfer window opens, and the press is full of Arsenal transfer news today as it probably will be every day from now on! Arsene Wenger has said that he is not looking for a new striker but most fans think that that is his usual smokescreen….
So the first striker linked is Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou who has been a perpetual supersub at Stamford Bridge with a very good scoring record from the wing. Wenger has admitted in the past that he has made an enquiry about the Ivorian which is why Arsenal are linked now, but I doubt he is worthy of being cover for Robin Van Persie…..
More likely is the classy Brazilian Pato who is expected to be surplus to requirements at AC Milan if the Italian giants manage to secure Carlos Tevez in January. He has been left on the bench a lot recently in Italy and his injury problems may make him a risky proposition, but there are few Gooners that would turn down the chance to see him in an Arsenal shirt…..
Marco Reus, the Monchengladbach midfielder, has been touted recently as a possible arrival at the Emirates, and today the Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that he is also a target for the German giants but they are unlikely to meet his buyout clause. He said: “He is definitely an interesting option. I’ve been told that he has a release clause of €17.5m, though,”
“That’s no pocket change for us. However, Bayern will internally discuss this matter and see what’s possible.”
If Wenger decided to meet that clause for the 22 year-old it would make Reus into Arsenal’s record signing, but he would still be a hell of a lot cheaper than Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been linked with the Gunners for around a century but recently Hazard himself said he wanted to join Real Madrid. Today’s Talksport headline that he now prefers Inter Milan, but his quote doesn’t suggest that to me at all. He said: “Inter are a fantastic team,”
“It would be mythical to play there once. But now I insist I think about Lille and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
That doesn’t sound like he is keen on going to Inter, especially as the Italian giants are unlikely to even get near a Champions League place this season. But I still doubt that Wenger would pay anything like the €50m quoted for Hazard, no matter how good he is!
The last rumour is that the French Minnows are trying to get Arsenal to loan them Ryo Miyaichi from January. The youngster is currently injured but if he comes back fit and healthy I’d rather Wenger used him in the Arsenal squad rather than send him out on loan again. Does anyone disagree?