We have been told that Arsene Wenger has £35 million or more to spend strengthening the Arsenal squad, and so speculation is rife as to which player or players might be on their way to the Emirates in the January transfer window. The latest rumour concerns the Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao.
23-year old Damiao has played for the Brazilian club Internacional since being promoted into the first team in 2012 and helping them to win the Copa Libertadores. You may remember him from the Olympics where he was the tournament’s top scorer as Brazil lost out to Mexico in the final.
The striker has been chased by Tottenham for a couple of years now and they were planning to make a concrete attempt to sign him once the Brazilian season is over, according to the Daily Star. He seems an ideal addition to the Arsenal team, if you listen to his compatriot the former Brazil star Ronaldo.
“He’s tall, strong, a very good goalscorer, a threat in the air and skilful with both feet. He’ll play a big part in 2014.”
At 23, Damiao is ready to move on and further his career, and will surely be aware of Wenger’s great reputation for improving young players. He could give Arsenal even more attacking options than we have with Podolski, Giroud, Gervinho and Walcott.
Arsenal could lose Walcott in January and Gervinho will be playing in the AFCON so we certainly need more strike options. Giroud was never meant to be the only main striker at Arsenal, so the two could be rotated or played together.
The fact that it would seriously wind up the Spuds is just a little bonus.