Emirates Stadium boss close in on agreement to sign Stamford Bridge defender.
ARSENAL want Chelsea’s Brazilian defender Alex.
Desperate Gunners boss Arsene Wenger finally realised he had to act after his depleted side were humiliated 8-2 at Manchester United yesterday.
The Emirates outfit have contacted Chelsea about Alex and the Blues are ready to sell.
Arsenal value him at around £7m but their London rivals want £10m.
Alex, 29, was an unused sub against Norwich on Saturday and is unsure of his future at Stamford Bridge.
SOURCE: The Sun
Having seen his side capitulate at Old Trafford and realised as a result that Arsenal’s back line options are threadbare, it seems Arsene Wenger is set to bite the bullet and spend in order to bring in reinforcements. The Gunners boss is looking to add experience and whilst it is rare for the Frenchman to opt for an ageing signing it is by no means the first time he has decided that it is best to do so.
In previous years Wenger has brought in the likes of Mikel Silvestre and Sol Campbell to help strike a balance with the abundance of youth in his squad. Alex may well be the right player to bring in but would Chelsea be so quick to consider selling the Brazilian international?
After all the 29 year old started the first two games of the season before being consigned to the bench, with Branislav Ivanovic taking his spot in the starting eleven. When David Luiz is fully fit it seems likely the former Benfica man will partner John Terry at the heart of the Blues defence but having a player like the burly Alex helps to add strength in depth.
£10m seems a fair fee in today’s transfer market, we are after all talking about a player who has around 250 top level appearances to his name, a title winner in both Holland and England and the type of player who could help solidify Arsenal’s leaky defence.
Thomas Vermaelen aside Arsenal have a number of sub standard defensive options and Wenger has found out the hard way that some of his signings have just not got what it takes to succeed at the top end of the Premier League. Sebastien Squillaci was found out some time ago, a complete lack of speed and positionally unaware the Frenchman was a poor signing.
Laurent Koscielny has his good days but more often has bad ones and just when it seemed that Johan Djourou had matured into a quality centre back, performances against United and Udinese who that the big Swiss far too often just switches off. Youngster Ignasi Miguel is too raw for Premier League action and Wenger needs to resolve the problem swiftly.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with interest in Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Birmingham City’s Scott Dann and Phil Jagielka of Everton but for immediate results a move for the Chelsea man seem most effective.