There are two transfer rumours involving Arsenal and possible summer transfer targets to look at, but neither one involves players that will get the average Gooner very excited. One involves the familiar name of Adrian Lopez, the Spanish forward who plays for Atletico Madrid. Arsenal were heavily linked with this player last summer and in January, and it seems like his club are prepared to sell.
There is now less than a week to go before the January transfer window slams shut. If transfer rumours were pound notes then Arsenal would be the richest club in the world, but there are still no confirmed additions to the Arsenal team. Arsene Wenger has already suggested that most of the business will be done in the last week, so we shouldn’t panic just yet.
Wenger has said that he and his staff are working hard to secure some top quality players, and there are plenty of rumours around suggesting who it might be. A couple of targets seem to have ruled themselves out of a move to the Emirates, whether because they know that a deal will not be done or not is unclear.
Now that it seems as if Arsenal will not be able to persuade Barcelona to part with David Villa, even though he wants to leave and Arsenal are willing to pay for him, Wenger may concentrate on another Spanish forward Adrian Lopez. Arsenal are rumoured to have put in an offer for the 25-year old already, but it was a fair bot lower than his release clause of £15 million.
There are signs that the player has had his head turned by the interest from the Gunners. His manager at Athletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, has told the Spanish media that he was unhappy with the striker’s attitude on Sunday, and that is why he was substituted after about an hour.
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.
Both reports are from Goal.com, who go on to claim that Arsenal are preparing a fresh bid for Adrian, which will be about the same as the £14 million that they are willing to splash out to bring 31-year old Villa to the Emirates. We are waiting to see if Barcelona can be persuaded to part with Spain’s record goal scorer who is a big favourite with the Barca faithful, but because of his £110,000 a week wages, Arsenal will not up the bid.
Should Arsenal sign Adrian Lopez? by KJ
The transfer window has finally opened and it’s already started with a bang. Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea has signed for Liverpool whilst Demba Ba (linked with Arsenal) of Newcastle has signed for Chelsea. Now it’s Arsenal’s turn to step up in the window and with Walcott set to sign a new contract, Arsenal can really focus on bringing some players in. The most linked player at the moment is Adrian Lopez – someone I’m a fan of.
Arsenal have made the first move towards bringing the Spanish forward Adrian Lopez Alvarez in to the Arsenal team. They have started the bidding with an offer to Athletico Madrid, believed to be around £10 million. Arsene Wenger must be confident that the Spanish club, who are second in the Primera Liga behind Barcelona, are willing to sell the 24-year old front man because the offer is about £5 million less than his release clause.
Arsene Wenger has a number of players on his list of transfer targets for Arsenal next month, and a quality striker is thought to be one of his most pressing wishes. The Gunners have been linked with a number of different strikers such as Demba Ba and Fernado Llorente or more tricky players like Adrian Lopez.
The biggest `name` that we have been seriously linked with is the Spanish international striker David Villa. Barcelona have made all the right noises about not wanting to sell the 31-year old, and many of the players have denied reports that Villa is unhappy with his situation at the club. The problem for Barcelona is that Villa is a massive fan’s favourite, so they do not want to be seen to be easing his transfer.
There are reports all over the papers today, declaring that the Arsenal manager has categorically stated that he will not be signing the Senegalese striker Demba Ba from Newcastle United in the January transfer window, but his words have been twisted a little.
Wenger was speaking prior to the game against Newcastle at the Emirates tomorrow, and he did not want to go into the possible transfer of one of the players of the team we are about to face.
“I like Bemba Ba, yes. I don’t think this is the right place to speak about that, because he plays against us tomorrow.
Why I’m certain that Wenger will get a striker from Spain in January by KJ
There’s been a lot of talk about Wenger buying a striker in January as Arsenal clearly need one. However, one of our targets Klaas Jan Huntelaar has signed a 2 year contract extension at Schalke 04. In my opinion, that’s brilliant news for Arsenal as he’s not close to being a striker good enough for Arsenal. However, Arsenal are looking through La Liga for our next striker as their economy is in a mess at the moment and many teams are in debt. This means Wenger can find a brilliant player at a good price. Here’s the targets:
Arsenal Transfer rumours are starting to heat up… by KJ
December is going to be a very tense month with key games that could either put us back in contention for a top 3 place or could ruin any chance of us qualifying in the Champions League. We are rumoured to be in for 5 players in January to dramatically change up our current squad. Here are my thoughts on each one:
Spain has been a happy hunting ground for the Arsenal boss recently, or at least Spanish players have. His best bys in the last two seasons have been Santi Cazorla from Malaga and Mikel Arteta from Everton. It looks like Arsene Wenger is going to try to keep the run going in January with a bid to bring Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid.
Wenger praised the astute scouting of the new Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, this week for his signing of the Spanish duo Michu and Pablo Hernandez, and the Spanish Primera Liga is definitely becoming a place that English Premier league clubs are looking at for new talent.
So, over the coming weeks and months, rumors are certain to be speculating how Arsenal will be in the market for a striker. One name has already popped up-that being Adrian Lopez, with some reports saying that Wenger tried to buy the Atletico Madrid striker ahead of Giroud’s arrival in the summer..