Emirates Stadium boss keen on Bernabeu and Stamford Bridge talent.
Arsenal launching bid for Real Madrid forward
In an effort to ease the attacking burdens currently placed on club captain Robin van Persie, Arsenal are reportedly staging a bid to sign Real Madrid striker, Jose Callejon.
Arsene Wenger has only Marouane Chamakh, summer signing Park Chu-Young and Andrey Arshavin to look to for forward backup and one can’t help but think more is required.
Both Arshavin and Chamakh have been linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium after failing to make the desiered impact and any funds gained from their sales could be used for a transfer kitty.
Jose Mourinho has stated late last year that he wishes for none of his players to leave the club this month but shouldArsenal match Callejon’s £8m valuation, the Portuguese boss could be tempted into selling.
It looks increasingly likely that Florent Malouda will be leaving Stamford Bridge in 2012 after Arsenal appeared as the latest team to be interested in his signature.
Whispers suggested in December that the Gunners could be giving the French international attention but it now looks assured that Arsenal will make a bid after Malouda’s low involvement in recent weeks.
Arsene Wenger will be expected to fork out over £4m for the signature of Malouda, adding to the already strong French contingent at the Emirates Stadium.
This is interesting. Arsenal could well do with some squad re-shuffling but one would imagine bringing in defensive back-up, especially in the full-back area, would be the top priority for Arsene Wenger right now.
Having previously been linked with Salomon Kalou for seemingly years now this source suggests that the Gunners boss may be keen on Florent Malouda and though the French international is 31 years of age he is still able to make an impact. The former Lyon man has a turn of pace and an eye for goal and if Andrei Arshavin is offloaded then a move for the experienced Blues attacker makes sense, especially as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still perhaps too raw for regular first team action.
A move for Jose Callejon however seems a long shot. The youngster only arrived back at the Bernabeu in the summer, after three solid years at Espanyol and the 24 year old has done well as a back up option for Jose Mourinho, netting 11 goals already this season, despite predominantly coming on as a sub at the latter stages of La Liga encounters.
Mourinho doesn’t have a wealth of back up in the forward area so is unlikely to look to sell the adaptable attacker in the summer.
However Wenger is also strongly linked with Esteban Granero, another bit part player at the Bernabeu, and he may be an easier transfer nut to crack.