Emirates boss interested in Spanish international Raul Albiol.
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Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be readying a bid for Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol. The Arsenal boss has stated his desire to bring in more defensive options and is keen on bringing the Spanish international to the Emirates in January.
25 year old Raul Albiol arrived at the Bernabeu in June of 2009 and was a regular under previous boss Manuel Pellegrini, making 42 appearances in all competitions but he has since lost his starting eleven spot to Portuguese international Pepe which has led the former Valencia man to being restricted to just five La Liga starts this season.
The strong tackling centre back may well then be open to offers that give him regular first team football which will in turn increase the chances of Albiol getting a starting spot in the Spanish national team. Wenger has previously been linked with the likes of Per Mertesacker and Neven Subotic but moves to sign either of the Bundesliga stars have been hampered by the their respective clubs refusing any approaches for their prized assets.
Jose Mourinho may well opt to keep Albiol as cover for Pepe and Ricardo Carvalho but if the Spanish international feels he has little chance of first team football he may push to leave the club into allowing him to leave.
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