Arsene Wenger ready to lure excellent defensive midfielder back to the Emirates.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly preparing a surprise bid for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra and hopes to persuade the former Gunner to leave the Bernabeu for a move back to the Emirates. The Frenchman has been looking to bring in a defensive midfielder able to protect skipper Cesc Fabregas and is willing to make a move for a player who he allowed to leave in January 2008.
Since leaving north London for Portsmouth Diarra went from strength to strength, first having a rejuvenating spell at Fratton Park where he helped Harry Redknapp’s side to an FA Cup success and as a result showing the kind of form that helped make him a regular part of the senior French international set up. Soon Real Madrid came calling and a £20m deal was clinched by the then Real boss Juande Ramos.
However things have become problematic at the Bernabeu under new boss Manuel Pellegrini who doesn’t appear to consider the 25 year old a first team regular and Diarra is apparently one of a long list of players the club deems as ‘surplus to requirements’ and as such could be snapped up for a relatively small fee as the Spanish giants look to trim their squad and wage bill ahead of expected forays into the transfer market this summer.
Lassana had a few run ins with Wenger during his short spell at the club and the defensive midfielder was rightly confused by Arsene’s reluctance to play him during his time as a Gunner but Diarra may well be ready to return to the club if he is guaranteed more of a first team run, something that the Arsenal boss may well be ready to offer.
The £18m rated battler is an effective combative player who has a great engine and the ability to close down opponents and shield the ball players in the team but also had a great turn of pace that can help spur on counter attacks and could well be a very intelligent Gunners signing.