Arsene Wenger has had a good start to the transfer window, signing Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. However, things have not gone so smoothly since.
The Sami Khedira deal, which looked in the bag a few weeks back, is on the rocks over the German’s inflated wage demands, forcing Wenger to look elsewhere.
With Arsène Wenger’s plans to sign Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira now apparently derailed, The Daily Mail reports that the Arsenal boss is interested in signing Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho as an alternative defensive midfielder. The 22-year-old Portuguese international is an exciting prospect but carries a hefty price tag, with a £35 million release clause in his contract, which would probably be rather more than the thrifty Wegner would be willing to fork out.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender is yet another option Wenger is considering for the defensive midfield slot according to The Daily Star. The German international, who missed out on the World Cup squad due to injury, would be available for a fee of £15 million.
Wenger needs to get a new goalkeeper on the payroll as cover or maybe even competition for current first choice Wojciech Szczesny. With previous back up keeper Lukasz Fabianski departed for Swansea, the Gunners boss has been looking around for a new signing in this area.
Iker Casillas could be an option. The Real Madrid legend has grown frustrated at sitting on the bench at the Bernabéu, having lost his first team spot to Diego Lopez. The Spanish captain has asked for transfer and Arsenal are favourites to land him according to the Daily Star.
Conversely, the Express reports that Wenger is about to close a deal with French club Nice to bring Colombian international David Ospina to the Emirates for a fee of £3 million.
Mario Balotelli is not the type of player one would associate with Wenger, however The Daily star reports that the Frenchman is preparing a sensational £25 million bid to bring the controversial Italian back to the Premier League. AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has started the rumour mill by stating that Arsenal have not yet tabled a firm offer for the striker. It would be entertaining to see Balotelli’s histrionics putting the Gunners boss’ man management skills to the test.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.