Emirates boss interested in hugely experienced Roma star.
According to Sky Sports Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is eyeing AS Roma’s Juan and Bordeaux’s Michael Ciani as further defensive cover at the Emirates, despite the imminent arrival of Sevilla’s Sebastien Squillaci.
With the Gunners looking to fight for silverware on four fronts again this season and fans desperate for an end to the five year silverware dought, Wenger has identified the acquisition of further experienced backline cover as a priority.
Juan was an ever present for Brazil during their recent World Cup disappointment in South Africa and has vast experience of the European game having spent five years in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen before making the move to the Italian capital in 2007. At 31-years-old his value has moved within Arsenal budget although AS Roma would no doubt be unwilling to do business for one of their most reliable stars.
26-year-old Ciani only moved to Bordeaux last summer having impressed in the two years before with Lorient. Capped at international level for the first time by former Girondins coach Laurent Blanc earlier this month, the 6 foot 2 inch tall star is one of a new generation of players looking to stake claims for a future with Les Bleus. An important part of the set-up at the Stade Chaban Delmas it is believed Ciani’s worth has at least doubled since his €4 million move last summer. (Sport.co.uk)
Whilst Juan is clearly no spring chicken he is also got a lot left in the tank and last season was arguably his best season in a number of years and was instrumental in helping Roma to within 90 minutes of a Serie A title and is a regular in the Brazil national team set up. He would add a great deal of experience and ability to the Emirates back line and a lot would depend on whether Claudio Ranieri would entertain the notion of letting the former Bayer Leverkusen man to leave.
The former Chelsea manager is looking to freshen up his Stadio Olimpico side and has an ageing squad that he may well be looking to re-shape ahead of another domestic title assault.
Juan is valued at around £9m which is a fee Arsene Wenger can easily afford and a lot depends on how many defenders he wishes to bring in. He has stated in press conferences that he is looking one or two new additions and with Squillaci well on his way to becoming a Gunner there could be space for a player with as much ability as the Brazilian international.