Arsenal’s transfer window has been, even by their dreadful standards, pitiful. Despite countless opportunities, the club have neglected to invest.
However, it all could have been very different, if a report from Squawka is to be believed.
Antoine Griezmann, arguably one of Europe’s best players, was a major target of the Gunners. A sensational £60 million bid was on the cards as Arsene Wenger waited for a domino effect to kick in.
Much like how Gareth Bale’s move led to Mesut Ozil heading for the Emirates and how Luis Suarez allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave for North London, Diego Costa had to return to Atleti for Griezmann to leave.
However, Antonio Conte, who was expected to move for Romelu Lukaku opted to retain Costa and so the Frenchman remains at the Vicente Calderon.
While it’s difficult to imagine Wenger stumping up that amount of cash, he has always maintained that if the quality is there, he would be happy to cough it up. Griezmann undoubtedly possesses such quality. After a stellar season for Diego Simeone’s side, the striker lit up the European Championships, leading his team to the final.
So as it stands, Granit Xhaka, who at one time looked like the first in a string of big-money signings, has turned out to be the last.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena