Most of the Arsenal transfer talk at the minute, understandably, is all about whether or not Arsene Wenger is going to sign a new striker or not, and if so, whether it will be a big name, multi million pound superstar or a stop-gap until the end of the season.
Arsenal have been given a huge boost in the pursuit of the highly-rated Anderlecht centre-half Cheikhou Kouyate, with the Belgian side confirming that the youngster will be allowed to leave the club amidst interest from elite European clubs, most significantly Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said to be very keen on the player.
It is being reported today that Arsenal have been given the green light to sign long-term transfer target Cheikhou Kouyate by Anderlecht. Despite having the third best defensive record in the Premier League, it seems as though Arsene Wenger has acknowledged the need for a fourth central defender and could make his move in January.
The Anderlecht and Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate was extremely impressive during the Olympics last year, and there were many rumours saying that Arsenal and Man City, amongst others, were keen to bring him to the Premiership.
There are two transfer rumours involving Arsenal and possible summer transfer targets to look at, but neither one involves players that will get the average Gooner very excited. One involves the familiar name of Adrian Lopez, the Spanish forward who plays for Atletico Madrid. Arsenal were heavily linked with this player last summer and in January, and it seems like his club are prepared to sell.
Arsene Wenger made no changes to Arsenal’s defensive line-up during the summer transfer window, but it is beginning to emerge that they had made approaches to certain players in that position that didn’t come off. Yesterday the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga M’Biwa, told the world that he had been approached by Arsenal, and now today we have another confession of contact from a defender.
I refuse to mention Robin Van Persie in today’s list of Arsenal transfer rumours because I have frankly had it up to here with the never-ending saga of our traitorous captain. So, swiftly moving on, it seems that Alex Song is the man that Barcelona want above of Van Persie and Gerard Piquet is the latest to join the list of Barca stars to ‘happen to mention’ that Song would be a good addition to the side. But he even goes as far as to say that ‘ looks like it could happen’, which seems to be going a bit far to me…….
Sometimes, I wonder just how complicated Arsene Wemger’s plan of attack is, when signing new players; because there have been so many “very likely” candidates throughout recent transfer windows…especially Anderlecht players.