Emirates Stadium boss keen on San Siro forgotten man.
Ricky Alvarez ‘lined up for Arsenal loan switch in January’
Inter Milan winger Ricky Alvarez, who slipped out of Arsenal’s clutches in the summer, could be set for a shock loan move to the Gunners in January.
Reports in Portugal claim Emirates chiefs have already held preliminary discussions with the struggling Italian giants, who appear willing to temporarily offload their £12million summer signing.
Alvarez has seen starting opportunities restricted at the San Siro, largely because Wesley Sneijder – who was expected to be sold to Manchester United – has stayed at the club.
As a result, the 23-year-old has struggled to find form, and Nerazzurri bosses are said to be considering letting Alvarez join the Gunners in order to build up his match fitness.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to have been a big admirer of San Siro new boy Ricky Alvarez and had according to some sources been in the running to sign the Argentine international before he made his big money move from Velez Sarsfield to Inter Milan.
Given that the 23 year old has seen little action with the Italian giants and that the man who signed him, Gian Piero Gasperini, has been sacked as Nerazzurri boss barely a month into the new season, it would appear that the talented attacking midfielder may be looking for pastures new when the transfer window reopens.
Many saw Alvarez as a long term successor to Wesley Sneijder and that he was signed because Inter felt they may well end up losing the Dutch international playmaker to Man United in the summer, a move that never came off.
Arsenal have struggled to break sides down this season and whilst clearly defensive issues rank high on Wenger’s priority list, having shipped in 14 goals in five games, the North London side have also failed to score in two matches and managed just one against Swansea City and could well do with more creativity in their midfield.
Alvarez could offer a great deal to the Gunners, linking midfield with attack and if sources state that a loan move could lead to a permanent deal to sign a player who only moved to Italy for £12m back in July. The Buenos Aires born midfielder has managed just 23 minutes of domestic league action, despite the club’s horrific start to the season.
Such a move could lead to the departure of Andrei Arshavin and could also ably help deal with the loss of Samir Nasri, a player who has not been satisfactorily replaced, whereas as Mikel Arteta was signed to take over from Cesc Fabregas the loan capture of Yossi Benayoun is yet to bare fruit.