We are nearly two weeks into the winter transfer window, and we are appear to be close to the signatures of two stars.
We have widely acknowledged the fact that we are attempting to sign Legia Warsaw youngster Krystian Bielik. The recently turned 17 year-old has admitted he made the decision to join us this month, but Arsene Wenger has been trying to play hard-ball in the market previously, but with the emergence of Hamburg as rivals, we now appear to be taking the Polish club seriously. The Times are claiming we have sent a key member of our back-room staff over to Poland to shore up the deal.
Another defensive midfielder who we appear to be closing in on, is 22 year-old William Carvalho, who has been on our radar for some time now, and is desperate to seal a move to England. Arsene Wenger has been a keen admirer of the Sporting youngster, and has the opportunity to bring him to the Emirates this month for £25 Million, although I’m not certain that Wenger believes he is ready to take up a place in our first-team squad just yet.
A new one for me, is the latest rumour linking us with a move for Mattia Perin, who is being described as the ‘new Gigi Buffon’. We are claimed to be lining up a £12 Million move for the 22 year-old to take over from Wojciech Sczcesny in goal, who has put in some questionable performances this season I wouldn’t be surprised however if this latest rumour was simply thought of after the similarly-named Loic Perrin’s signature was ruled out…
Roma striker Mattia Destro has admitted he is considering a move away from the Serie A club, after months of being linked with our club. The forward has operated as the club’s third-choice in attack, behind Gunners flop Gervinho and veteran 38 year-old Francesco Totti. Having allowed Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski to leave on loan, with the expected departure of Joel Campbell also, does this mean we will need to bolster our options?
Bafetimbi Gomis has claimed his agents are in talks with various clubs for his signature, and mentions ‘one very big club’ are interested in him. The 29 year-old is a little old for Arsene Wenger to be considering buying in reality, with the French boss unlikely to invest on a short-term fix.
If you believe the reports, we will be signing Carvalho and Bielik in the next fortnight, although I’m not so sure on the former’s arrival. As for the rest, I don’t believe Wenger is shipping out three players on loan, in order to bring in more headaches for the end of the season, and he has claimed he is not interested in bringing in any goalkeepers in recent weeks already.