There is a young Frenchman, who has been named as the new Eden Hazard at Lille, and it seems that many clubs, including Tottenham, were interested in buyimg him this summer. He is the Lille playmaker/winger Sofiane Boufal who was reported to be a 14m Euro target for the Spuds on deadline day, but his agent, Yvan Le Moe, has declared that it is probably best if the youngster spends this season staying with Lille, but if he does move next summer, he would prefer his client to move to the Emirates.
According to the latest rumblings from the Arsenal transfer rumour mill, Arsene Wenger is still interested in the former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou. But the likelihood of the Ivory Coast international coming back to the Premier League with Arsenal this summer, has just got a lot smaller, as we have been told that his price has doubled.
As if the January transfer window was not frustrating enough for Arsenal fans, we then had to read in the papers that the Gunners had failed in attempts to bring in a number of players. The biggest of these was Julian Draxler of Schalke, of course, but the one position we really needed to strengthen was striker and so the news that Salomon Kalou had turned down the chance to come was pretty frustrating as well.
Before the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Marseille at the Emirates stadium, Arsene Wenger had already revealed that he definitely was interested in the French club’s young player Florian Thauvin. The 20-year old is widely regarded as one of the most promising French players around and Wenger is obviously a fan, so it would be no great surprise if the Gunners do rekindle their interest in him sooner or later.
As explained in a Mirror report, the French manager was looking at Thauvin last year, before the youngster ended up signing for Lille. What happened after, with him apparently going on strike to force a move away from Lille to his current club, will certainly not have helped his cause with Wenger. He is still young, though, and I get the impression that the Arsenal boss feels that his mistakes do not necessarily rule him out.
Arsenal must buy a striker in order to last the distance in the Premier League race. This was never more apparent than in the 1-0 loss to Manchester United. In that game, Arsenal bossed possession but Giroud was well taken care of by the United defence. Wenger had few options from the bench and at the end he could only turn to a want-away ex-striker from Denmark to salvage the game.