There are two Spanish front men who Arsenal are actively trying to sign at the minute, apparently, and if reports are true then the Gunners have tabled offers for both of them. The strange thing, to me, is that Arsenal have only put in the bid for David Villa from Barcelona because their initial bid for Adrian Lopez was turned down by Athletico Madrid.
There have been reports and rumours coming from Spain and Turkey about the Athletico Madrid player Arda Turan agreeing terms with Arsenal about his transfer in January. They mat have been premature, however, as Chelsea have entered the race, apparently, and are willing to pay the full value of the release clause in the Turkish international’s contract, according to the Spanish newspaper AS.
Turan has a clause in his contract that means Athletico Madrid must sell if another club is willing to pay €24 million, but Arsenal were hoping to get the 25-year old winger for less than that. If Chelsea do agree to pay that, Athletico would have doubled what they paid Galatasaray for him last summer.
Arsene Wenger has been considering new strikers to add to the Arsenal squad, and it was reported this week that David Villa from Barcelona had found his way to the top of the transfer target list. The 31-year old Barcelona front man certainly has a fantastic reputation and recored, but there are one or two issues that have given Le Prof second thoughts, and so he is now leaning towards the 24-year old Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid.
If you believe what the papers say then Arsenal are going to hand Arsene Wenger anything from £35 million up to over £50 million to spend on players in the January transfer window. Latest reports suggest that Le Prof is carefully considering whether to spend it or not.
Arsenal fans the world over could provide a quick and easy answer to that question, of course you spend it Arsene. We have heard Wenger saying that he would only buy players that he thought would improve the team and the squad size has to be taken into account, but surely he can think of at least one player.
Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a January swoop for the Spain and Athletico Madrid front man Adrian Lopez Alvarez, commonly known as Adrian. The club and manager, Diego Simeone, managed to hold on to their prize asset Radamel Falcao in the summer, despite interest from a host of top European clubs. So you would think that they would have no problem fending off interest in their second striker, Adrian, then.