With the last few days of the transfer window upon us Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s dealings are far from done with injury forcing him back in to the market for a striker.
Arsene Wenger has remained tight lipped on possible last minute deals in the face of an unrelenting press corps desperate for information.
In the wake of Olivier Giroud’s injury speculation has been mounting that the Frenchman will move to sign a striker. Radamel Falcao’s name has been linked with a move to the Emirates but when the question was put to him the indefatigable Wenger was quoted in The Star as saying:
“It’s very difficult to go into all that. But I believe all the negotiations have to be kept as secret as possible.If we sign somebody, if we sign Falcao, you will be informed.”
It is difficult to interpret this comment but one would have to think some moves are afoot behind the scenes. If the the Frenchman fails to bring anyone in by the deadline there are options available to him in the striking berth with Joel Campbell,and Yaya Sanogo recognised out and out strikers but neither are proven Premier League goalscorers that could bag the 20 plus goals a season that Arsenal would need to mount a serious title challenge.
Mattia Destro could be another option, and Wenger is considering a bid for the Italian striker, according to The Star. London rivals Chelsea, who are also short handed in the striking department with Diego Costa an injury worry and Fernando Torres set to depart for AC Milan, were seen as front runners in the race to land the Roma man.
The Serie A outfit have placed a valuation of £20 million on the forward who netted 13 times last term.
There is also a flurry of speculation that Wenger will land 19-year-old French prospect Adrien Rabiot over the weekend. The Independent reports that the youngster, who has only a year left on his contract at Paris Saint Germain, is available at a knockdown price as the Ligue one club are afraid of losing the midfielder on a free next year.
£20 million was the original asking price but the Gunners boss might be able to close the deal with only half this amount. North London rivals Tottenham and Serie A outfit Roma are also in the race but Arsenal are thought to be the favourites for this one.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.