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Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a move to sign Man City pair Kolo Toure and Nigel de Jong as the Arsenal boss looks to take advantage of the Premier League leaders need to trim their squad ahead of adopting of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations which require Roberto Mancini to severely cut the club’s wage bill.
Wenger has been looking to add more steel to his midfield and give his creative players more protection and is said to be interested in Dutch international Nigel de Jong, who has struggled to get a look in this season. Man City boss Mancini has opted to partner Gareth Barry with Yaya Toure and has only handed the former Ajax and Hamburg man just three Premier League starts this season after two terms as a first team regular.
De Jong may well be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium if it could secure him regular first team football that would help the Dutchman keep his place in Bert Van Marwijk’s national team plans. A move for the midfielder is apparently more likely in the summer but the tough tackler is apparently a player Wenger would look to offer more time and space for the likes of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.
The Arsenal boss is also keen on adding to his defensive options by making a move for former defender Kolo Toure who has become something of a forgotten man at Man City. After the Ivory Coast international completed his nine month ban for failing a drugs test the centre back has struggled to get back in the first team picture due to the excellent form shown by the solid pairing of Vincent Kompany and the rejuvenated Joleon Lescott.
Toure is also said to have been angered by the club fine he received for his drug test ban and has been strongly linked with a January exit with the likes of PSG and Marseille said to be interested in the experienced defender.
Wenger may look to make a move for the 30 year old in January and is said to be ready to offer the former fan favourite an 18 month deal and Mancini may well be ready to allow such a move to take place.
Arsenal have struggled at the back this season, conceding a massive 23 goals in 13 matches. New signing Per Mertesacker has struggled to adapt to life in the English top tier and reliable Belgian Thomas Vermaelen has had injury problems that have restricted the former Ajax man to just 10 Premier League starts in the last 18 months.