Spanish outfit wants pair of Gunners.
Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboué a January transfer target for Atletico Madrid
Arsenal expect Atletico Madrid to come in for Emmanuel Eboué in the January transfer window with a £6 million offer for the right sided player.
Jesus Garcia Pitarch, Atletico’s sporting director, has made little secret of his admiration for Eboué and will try to sign him along with another Arsenal player, Fran Merida.
The move will represent another front line in Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger’s battle to retain his better players in the face of interest from Spanish clubs.
Wenger was quick to dismiss an approach for Eboué from Atletico in the summer but, according to reports in the Spanish media this week, the La Liga side have made contact with the player’s agent, Franjo Vranjkovic.
Eboue’s representative claims that Arsenal want to tie him down to a new four-year deal, while they are also looking to offer Merida a long-term contract.
The youngster’s current deal expires at the end of the season and so far he has been reluctant to sign a new one after emerging from the Under-20s World Cup in Egypt as one of Spain’s stand out performers. (Daily Telegraph)
This is indeed cheeky. In the case of Fran Merida I hope we can persuade the youngster to sign a new deal at the club because he really isn’t better off anywhere else, at the Emirates the 19 year old will be far more likely to get a good shot at the starting line-up and hopefully any problems sorting out a new deal are small but if not I am sure that we wouldn’t want to lose him for nothing and perhaps therefore if by January things haven’t been resolved Wenger may choose to at least sell the talented Spaniard to get at least some sort of financial reward. That being said I think I am right in stating that at under 24 with his contract run out it would be down to a tribunal to decide his value.
Eboue is in many ways at the other end of the spectrum, I feel he is better off leaving us and trying to make a name for himself elsewhere and the challenge of the La Liga could well interest him and if he does leave I will wish him well and will totally ignore that period of his Gunners career where he was truly woeful. He has improved and is a very decent back up player but simply will not get a sustained run in the first team.