Emirates Stadium boss keen on Lazio man.
Arsene Wenger will reportedly monitor Lazio midfielder Hernanes over the coming months with a view to a possible bid for the Lazio man in January as the Arsenal boss continues to search for long term replacements for Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. Although the Gunners boss brought in Mikel Arteta from Everton and Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea it is worth noting that at 29 and 31 years of age respectively, it would appear that the North London club is still looking for long term additions.
25 year old Hernanes had a very successful first season in Serie A last term, finishing as the club’s top scorer netting 11 goals from midfield and helping the Rome based club to their first top six finish in four seasons. The adaptable attacker can ply his trade as an advanced midfielder or out on the wing.
The former Sao Paulo man is now a regular part of the Brazilian national team set up but may feel that a high profile move could further push up him the pecking order and garner the attention of coach Mano Menezes.
Wenger was linked with a number of possible additions to his squad following the departure of key players and whilst moves for Eden Hazard and Marek Hamsik failed to come to fruition it may be that come January, after much scouting of the Lazio man, a bid may be made for the £20m rated Stadio Olimpico star.
Arsenal have funds available having sold players to the tune of over £60m and by the time the next transfer window opens will be fully aware of just where additions may need to be made in order to maintain any title challenges that are still relevant come the turn of the year.