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Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a move for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
The Dutch international has made 32 league appearances – netting five times – since joining the Madridistas last summer.
However, following the expensive acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, Real are open to offers for Dutch quintet Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Roysten Drenthe and Ruud van Nistelrooy, while Klaas-Jan Huntleaar has already departed for AC Milan.
A move appears inevitable for the 26-year-old, after he was not handed a squad number ahead of the new season.
And although the midfielder – who has been capped 69 times by his country – has been linked with moves to Hamburg, Ajax, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa, it is Arsenal who are set to make a €7 million offer (Four Four Two)
So it appears that it’s Arsene Wenger who is going to put in the first bid for Real Madrid’s forgotten man, but if he really is available on the cheap then shouldn’t Liverpool try to snap him up?
Given that we have just sold Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa to the Spanish side perhaps we have more of a chance of sealing the deal for the Dutchman and given our lack of creativity and cutting edge against Tottenham, surely Rafa realises that we need to bring someone in.
A player like Rafael Van der Vaart perfectly connects the midfield to the attack and a midfield that includes both Javier Mascherano and Lucas just doesn’t offer us enough in the way of forward momentum. Anyone who is about to say “we don’t have the money” needs to realise that the La Liga side now wants to cut it’s squad and quickly and in many ways getting players off their wage bill is as important as the fee they receive for the player, hence the likelihood that Sneijder will join Inter Milan on loan, so that the Italian side ends up paying his wages.
If Arsenal are putting in a bid as paltry as £7, then surely we have the cash to do likewise?