Emirates Stadium boss set to land big midfielder?
Arsenal are ready to break the bank to bring Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have money burning a hole in their pocket following the £35m sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and they are expected to lose the services of Samir Nasri to either Manchester City or Manchester United in the coming days for at between £22-25m. With the club having registered just one goal in 270 minutes of football in all competitions this season and the requisite experience and leadership conspicuous by its absence in the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger has come under intense pressure from the club’s fans to invest some of the transfer funds received into acquiring proven talent.
With time running out until the transfer window slams shut on August 31st, Arsenal will place a bid for the unhappy star if they successfully negotiate a tricky away match at Udinese on Wednesday and qualify for the griup stages of the Champions League. However, the Gunners will almost certainy have to offer around £30m for the man affectionately known as ‘Schweini’ and it remains to be seen whether Wenger’s new found largesse will stretch quite that far.
In the grand scheme of things this potential signing would perhaps be one of the biggest of the summer but is there any chance that Arsene Wenger could lure Bastian Schweinsteiger to the North London club during what is perhaps the most turbulent period of his reign as Gunners boss?
The 27 year old Bayern Munich man has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena for the past few months but only signed a new long term contract a year ago and with Jupp Heynckes back in charge of the Bavarian side and with the season getting under way fairly well with the club sitting in second spot after three games, the chances of the one club man fleeing for Arsenal this summer are slim to none.
Schweinsteiger is in his tenth season in the Bayern Munich first team and has notched up over 350 appearances for Die Roten and was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea earlier in the year, back when Louis Van Gaal was still in charge of the club and things did not seem quite so rosy.
Wenger definitely could do with a ‘marquee’ signing this summer as the club’s supporters are growing tired of the repeated purchasing of young players who take a season or two to bed in or relative unknowns being brought in on the cheap. having lost Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy and with the very real prospect of Samir Nasri to follow, the Emirates Stadium club must snap up a big name or two to help appease both the fans and the players in his current squad.
Whilst it appears that back-line is in urgent need of repair clearly the departure of the club’s captain to Barcelona will also need addressing. There is some hope that Welshman Aaron Ramsey could be the ready made replacement for Fabregas but the jury is still out in that respect and the capture of Schweinsteiger would be a big statement of intent and even an unsuccessful bid for the player would at least indicate ambition.
Arsenal are said to be keen on German international Per Mertesacker and could offer Nicklas Bendtner in part exchange and Wenger continues to pursue Lille youngster Eden Hazard.