As one door closes…Just as it seems that Arsenal are about to lose out to Juventus on two of its main transfer targets comes news that the club may have some exciting new options.
The big one is of course AC Milan’s 20 year old striker Stephan El Shaarawy.
The Indie reports that the Milan club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani has indicated the club may sell striker Stephan El Shaarawy, who has been linked with Napoli, Manchester City and Arsenal.
The 20-year-old scored 16 times for the Rossoneri before Christmas and although his record in front of goal dropped off after the January arrival of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City, he is still regarded as a great prospect.
The downside for Arsenal fans is that Man City are also keen on the youngster, but then City have been linked with a lot of high profile strikers recently (as have Arsenal) so El Shaarawy may end up being an option. For now though the hot money is on him replacing Edinson Cavani at Napoli.
One rumour that refuses to die is the possible transfer of Nani to Arsenal. The player seems to have been deemed surplus to requirements at United and Wenger is known to be a fan. There were rumours of deal in the winter windows too. Now other clubs are sniffing around most notably Galatasary, and the rumour is that Manchester United will accept a bid of £8.5m for the player.
Given that he is just 27 years old and in theory entering his prime, that sounds like a bargain. Maybe Arsene will be tempted?
Finally Arsenal are said to have made inquiries about Benfica’s Paraguayan defender Lorenzo Melgarejo.
“Arsenal and Fenerbahce have enquired about Melgarejo. But so far there has been nothing concrete,” his agent told Radio Monumental.
Oddly Melgarejo is a left back and Arsenal have two pretty good players on their books for that position.