Is Esteban Granero required at Emirates Stadium?
Arsenal are plotting a move for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero when the transfer window reopens in January.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is an admirer of the 24-year-old Spaniard and has noted with interest his situation at the Bernabeu.
According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Arsenal are planning to take advantage of the situation, well aware that by the time 2012 dawns the midfielder could be looking for the exit door in search of regular first team football.
Real Madrid would not be likely to stand in Granero’s way, though they could insist on a buy-back clause in any deal, similar to that which allowed them to bring the schemer back to the Bernabeu for just €4M in 2009.
Arsenal would have to pay substantially more than that to snap up the Spaniard however.
SOURCE: Inside Futbol
Real Madrid youth product Esteban Granero has little prospect of first team football in the near future for his current club.
The 24 year-old is behind Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil, Kaka – as well as summer signings Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop in the pecking order at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
While Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were massively important players for Arsenal, the club have already invested in replacements in Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though the latter is likely to have been bought more with the future than present in mind.
With Arteta approaching 30, and Benayoun already over that age, perhaps Granero would be bought as a longer term fixture for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is thought to admire the versatility of the Real Madrid man, who is most comfortable in a central attacking midfield role, but can fill in on either flank.