With the international break upon us, and another eight days until our next match (against West Brom), I thought I’d give you a run down of the latest pieces of speculation surrounding our beloved club.
The Mirror is claiming that we have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the bid to sign Ayoze Perez from Newcastle. For me this is just boredom, and they just saw the story of Spurs and United’s interest, and thought lets link him with Arsenal too!
Real Madrid are said to be looking to sell Benzema (again), as they look to tempt Robert Lewandowski away from German giants Bayern Munich. The Pole has been in spectacular form this season, but would likely cost a considerable fee, with the striker under contract until 2019. This is said to be a boost to us, whilst claiming we were willing to pay £50 Million to sign him in the previous window. Yeah right!
This one is a new one for me, Grimaldo is the captain of Barcelona’s B side, and is said to have attracted interest from the Gunners. The 20 year-old is said to be highly rated across Europe, with Bayern also keen, and we have a good record of bringing young former Catalan youths into our first-team. Not totally unbelievable.
The same report also claims that we have held talks with Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi, although the £15 Million fee appears to be way too low, given the winger signed a new five year deal only six months ago.
Last but not least, Jese Rodriguez is believed to be growing frustrated with his bit-part role at Real Madrid, and is said to be available for around £21.1 Million, with Arsene Wenger believed to be of interest. Now that one I would like to see happen, but after buying zero outfield players in the summer, I can’t see Wenger changing that policy in January to be honest!