Emirates outfit chase talented young trio.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly after young Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic.
With injuries adding up at the Emirates, the Arsenal boss has confirmed that he have to become active when the transfer window opens at the start of 2010. “We will be in the market in January,” said the Frenchman.
Bojan was expected to be the next great superstar at the Nou Camp after a glittering career in their youth set-up, but has struggled to break into the side after the arrival of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The key drawback would be his unavailability for the Champions League, although Wenger recently accepted that it would be difficult to find a top striker in europe who doesn’t play in the European Cup.
“Finding someone world class, who hasn’t played in the Champions League and who is available is not easy,” said Wenger.
The Daily Star reports that Wenger is interested in making an offer at around the £8 million mark, although Barca are keen on a short-term loan deal. (Give Me Football)
Chelsea are set to compete with Arsenal for the signature of £18m-rated Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli according to reports.
The 19-year-old has been hugely impressive since breaking onto the scene under Jose Mourinho and has attracted the interest of the two English clubs.
Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to bring in a new striker in January following the injury to Robin van Persie. There are thought to be a number of possible targets with Balotelli chief among them. (Independent)
The Belgian side Standard Liège have given Manchester United and Arsenal “the green light” to start a bidding war for £15m-rated midfielder Steven Defour. (Guardian)
Whilst there is no doubt that each of these trio are archetypal Wenger signings and tick all the right boxes it does seem highly unlikely all three would be winging their way to the Emirates, not least because all three have a great many admirers among the European footballing elite.
Arsene appears keen to beef up his attack and is clearly a manager who likes to take youthful talents and mould them to suit his style and ethos and with that in mind a move for Steven Defour is perhaps the most likely as the Standard Liege man is almost certain to leave his Belgian employers in the summer and could well do a great job in the Arsenal midfielder, however clearly this doesn’t resolve the attacking worries the Gunners boss appears to have in the short term.
With that in mind a move for Bojan could be a wise one but there are some suggestions the pint sized Barca man could struggle in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League and there are many who feel the north London club needs to get more big burly players in their side to complement the more creative flair players, perhaps this is where Mario Balotelli comes in? The Inter Milan teenager has once again fallen out with Jose Mourinho and appears a San Siro exit is on the cards but the Serie A club is asking for a big fee for the Italian Under 21 international and that could indeed scare off all interested parties as could Mario’s perceived attitude problems.