One Wenger target makes noises that will encourage the Gunners boss greatly!
Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar has stated that he is not paying any attention to the transfer speculation at the moment, although Premiership powerhouse Arsenal are said to be keeping an eye on him.
The 23-year-old Croatian international has established himself as a key player for Pompey after having moved to the Fratton Park in 2006 from Hajduk Split.
Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has maintained that he is determined to keep his best players after FA Cup-winning season last term, and Monaco are reported to have failed with a bid for Kranjcar, who has two years to run on his contract.
“My perspective is I’m a Portsmouth football player until the club want to sell me,” Kranjcar told The News.
“I’m not thinking about the transfer talk which is going on.
“Obviously, every player has ambitions to play for the biggest clubs in the world.
”Of course I dream of playing for the top four clubs in England or the top three clubs in Spain or Italy.
”Of course I dream of playing in the Champions League and winning the Champions League with the kind of sides who can achieve that.” (Premiershiplatest.com)
Whilst these words are not a come-and-get-me plea, they do seem to highlight a healthy interest in moving upwards in the game. The £12m-rated Croat has ambitions, and at least he isn’t unsubtly trying to orchestrate a move like some have this summer. It does illustrate that he could well be thinking ahead to a move to a big club.
No disrespect to the south-coast outfit who have done incredibly well with arguably England’s finest man manager of his generation in Harry Redknapp, but Niko will not play Champions League football at Fratton Park. Kranjcar has always looked like an Arsenal type of player. His style, vision and speed of thought would fit in perfectly at the Emirates, so it’s no wonder that Arsene Wenger is said to be a fan.
It’s nice to see that the 23-year-old isn’t turning his back on the club that forked out £3.5m on a relative unknown two years ago, but I can see him making the move to north London in the not-too-distant future. Do Arsenal fans like the look of the fleet-footed attacking midfielder?