Emirates side linked with move for Sergio Canales
Young midfielder Sergio Canales could be on his way out of Real Madrid at the end of the season as Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all expressed an interest in the 20-year-old, AS reports.
The Spain under-21 star revealed on Tuesday that he’s not thinking about a transfer at the moment and that he’s determined to succeed at Madrid, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to resist the temptation of joining any of the aforementioned clubs.
Canales joined Madrid from Racing Santander in the summer of 2010, but the attacking midfielder has so far struggled to secure regular first team action because of stiff competition from players such as Mesut Oezil and Kaka.
Arsenal are in the market for a new midfielder because of the ongoing uncertainty about the future of Cesc Fabregas, and manager Arsene Wenger considers Canales to be the perfect replacement in case Fabregas indeed leaves the club.
Some sources appear to believe that if Sergio Canales is forced out of the Bernabeu, as he has stated that he personally wants to stay and fight for this place, then a move to Arsenal would be his preferred choice due to their attitude towards young players. The former Racing Santander was signed by the La Liga giants before Jose Mourinho arrived and the resultant purchases of Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria negated the need for the talented young Spaniard.
This source suggests that Canales could act as a Fabregas replacement but they are very different players, indeed the Real Madrid man functions most effectively out wide and not in the centre where the Arsenal captain plies his trade.
The player’s own dad has suggested that his son’s desire is to stick it out at Real Madrid but the young attacking midfielder may feel that his career is best served in the long term by a move away from the Spanish capital.
Arsenal already have a number of players who play out in the areas that Canales plays with Samir Nasir and Andrei Arshavin the primary wide men at the Emirates but given that the Russian has been linked with a move back to Russia and the fact that the likes of Tomas Rosicky may be on their way out, perhaps this proposed move may well have some semblance in reality.