South American midfielder confirms Arsenal is interested in him

It has been confirmed from a very reliable source that Arsenal is interested in signing a young South American midfielder as a possible long term replacement for Aaron Ramsey.

That reliable source is the player himself.

River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has been speaking about his future and admitted that he was proud that clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal are keen on him.

The 20-year-old is considered one of the brightest prospects in South American football and could have joined the Spanish giants in a £20 Million deal last summer only for it to be derailed due to injury.

And while Real are still thought to be considering a move for the youngster it is Arsenal that is now seen as the new frontrunners.

What is weird about the Real Madrid offer is that it was actually £2 Million above the player’s release clause, make of that what you will.

This rumour is not really a new one but it is now more credible due to Palacios comments though that is no guarantee that he is on his way to the Emirates, it is one thing being interested in a player and a whole other thing actually following through on that interest.

It is also a little worrying that we would splash out a significant amount of our budget on a young player that is far from proven in the English game.

I am not sure now is the time to be taking risks but if Palacios is as good as is being intimated then maybe splashing out £18 Million is justified, we will see.


  1. gotanidea says:

    Looks good, but the cash should be splashed on a wide player. Because we already have too many midfielders and I don’t think we would be able to get rid of Xhaka, Ozil and Mkhitaryan

    If we cannot sell our no 10s, might as well use them as half-wingers in 4-3-3 formation

    Add another 30 M on top of Palacios’ release clause and I’m sure we can make Lille tempted to sell Pepe. Or add 10 M to get Chukwueze for 28 M

  2. McLovin says:

    Why not bring back Ismael Bennacer? He’s also homegrown isn’t he?

  3. Isaac Cyril says:

    There have been so much interest for do many players.. Can Arsenal start making bids and be serious for once!
    The ladies have already gone far in the market.
    What is really wrong with arsenal board,
    Do they even care about how we fans feel?

    1. jon fox says:

      The obvious answer to your final question is NO. That you even need to ask it shows a misplaced semi faith in people who clearly do not deserve it, ie the board and owner. The last time anyone in the boardroom cared even a jot about us fans was when DAVID DEIN WAS STILL THERE, OVER A DECADE AGO.

  4. Mihado ? says:

    Every rumors about Arsenal I don’t know where you get your source,we are always the front runner at the end we end up buying none of them…Buying Ziyech is still better than all the reported links…keeping Auba and Laca Should be priority I.e if they wish to extend their contract …

    Selling Chambers(20m),Mustaphi(25/30m),Elneny(10m),Ospina(5),Kos(10m)Xhaka(30/35m,Monreal(5m)…getting sale of minimum 80m from this transfer…we can’t get rid of Micki and Ozil or can we ?

    Spend them wisely on

    1. Mihado ? says:


      1. Malcolm Townsend says:

        I hope Emery was watching last night Xhaka booked AGAIN made a mistake that led to a goal again get rid of him please

    2. Scubagooner says:

      This sounds sensible and exciting to me but when have arsenal ever brought in this many players?

      1. Mihado ? says:

        But this is Rebuilding process you sell as much dead woods and buy as much quality you can get

        1. NONNY says:

          Not happening with arsenal dude

    3. Stanaman says:

      That is my Exact wishlist..will never hqpoen though

  5. Xhakazette says:

    I think we should go for Delph. Hes decent and City would let him go. Plus would be a good replacement for ramsey and fill a slot for the homegrown player status.

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