Emirates Stadium boss closes in on Stamford Bridge man.
Arsenal have approached Chelsea for talks over Salomon Kalou.
The Daily Mail says Arsenal have made a £3million enquiry for Chelsea’s Kalou.
Talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge have stalled over the Ivory Coast striker’s £90,000-a-week wage demands. And Arsenal are trying to take advantage by making an official approach for Kalou.
Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of Chelsea attacker Salomon Kalou and given that the Ivory Coast international has slipped way down the Blues pecking order and the fact that the 26 year old will be away for around six weeks on African Nations Cup duty, an offer of £3m may well be acceptable to Andre Villas-Boas who is reportedly keen to trim his Stamford Bridge squad ahead of new arrivals that could be brought in this month.
Now Kalou would by no means ever be considered a ‘spectacular’ signing but he is very much the archetypal Wenger style purchase. The former Feyenoord man is an adaptable player who can play in many attacking areas and is comfortable on the ball. Yes he has not set the world alight at Chelsea but he has made over 230 appearances for the West London side and notched up 58 goals and has a Premier League winners medal among many other accolades garnered from his six seasons at the club.
Salomon Kalou finds himself behind Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge in the attacking queue and would certainly be keen on a move to North London.
Arsenal could well do with more effective attackers to help offer Robin Van Persie able support. Gervinho and Marouane Chamkah have thus far failed to make an impact and Kalou could also offer an option out wide, especially out on the left where Andrei Arshavin has consistently failed to inspire over the past 18 months, costing the Russian his regular first team spot.
If the Gunners can bring in Kalou for just £3m then it may be the type of signing that gives the injury ravaged Emirates Stadium squad that extra strength in depth to help push for that all important top four finish.