The Arsenal heirarchy have made it clear that Arsenal need to be clever in the transfer market, and have no qualms about bringing in older and experienced players that are out of contract at big clubs in the hope they can continue for a few more years.
One such possibility this summer is Man United’s Antonio Valencia, whose contract is not being renewed by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after playing only 8 times this season. Valencia’s father (and agent) Luis has made it clear that he is going to leave Old Trafford after a decade with the Devils, and Arsenal is a possible destination. He told El Universo: “He definitely will not continue in Manchester,”
“He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end.
“Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one club from China are options, but in football everything is changing.
“He wants to choose the best option, but above all he wants to sign a contract for two years. Not for the money, but for peace and hopefully, he told me, be signed by a team that fights for important things.”
It is a fact that we will probably need a new right-back early next season with Bellerin still recovering, but would you take the 33 year-old Valencia as cover on a two-year contract?