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Arsenal boss Wenger ramps up interest in Doumbia
Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, 24, after learning that CSKA Moscow could drop their asking price to £15million.
Doumbia, who scored 38 goals last season, has a buy-out clause in his contract of £26m.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Arsene Wenger is known for his penny pinching and insistence on not entering bidding wars or paying over the odds for new additions. At times this approach has angered Gunners fans who want to see their North London side battle their rivals for the top players who are ‘on the market’ but equally such an approach has meant that Arsenal have very rarely been ‘fleeced’ or spent unwisely.
Clearly there are occasions when this has not been the case, Francis Jeffers being a oft-quoted example, but on the whole by spending cautiously Arsenal are in a relatively positive financial footing. This makes talk of spending £15m on a striker who has no ‘top league’ experience quite shocking.
The idea that such a price could be considered a good one on the basis that CSKA Moscow have the player on a £26m clause is akin to walking into a shop and being offered a horrid looking cake for £10 and when you look at said cake in an uninterested fashion, the shop owner then says you can have the inedible treat for just £5.
Doumbia may well be scoring goals for fun in Russia and did so also in Switzerland, doesn’t equate to being able to do so in the Premier League. Indeed both leagues quoted are not any better than the Dutch Eredivisie, perhaps the Swiss league being more similar to the SPL, so the idea that Arsenal would look to sign the 24 year old seems odd indeed.
Wenger is looking to improve on the striking alternatives he has to Robin Van Persie and by signing Lukas Podolski he has certainly assisted in his pursuit. However Doumbia is arguably no better than Marouane Chamakh, a player Arsenal picked up for nothing and still appears to have been a waste of money.
If Wenger does indeed make such a signing then he could well end up making a mistake of Afonso Alves proportions so Gunners fans will have to hope this is all mindless speculation.