According to this source, Arsene will be going head to head with Manchester United boss Sir Alex for this very talented midfielder. But who will win the race?
Arsenal and Manchester United are to go head to-head in a fight for £16million-rated Portugal star Miguel Veloso in January.
Arsene Wenger has been tracking the Sporting Lisbon midfielder for a year and considered a transfer window deadline-day bid.
The Gunners boss is understood to be ready to step up his interest when the window opens again on New Year’s Day but he faces competition from old rival Sir Alex Ferguson.
Veloso’s representative Paulo Barbosa has revealed United and Arsenal are both scouting the player, who was also a Tottenham target this summer. The versatile Portugal international, 22, can play as a defensive midfielder, centre-half or left-back.
Barbosa said: “Arsenal are looking at Veloso for the future and it’s possible a deal can be done for January. We will also know then what will happen with Manchester United.
“Arsenal and United are both always watching Veloso and making observations. He would cost either club at least 20million euros.” (News of the World)
There are many who believe that Arsene desperately needs a defensive midfielder following the summer departures of both Flamini and Gilberto Silva. However, Denilson has done a wonderful job and I don’t see Wenger needing to spend big to fill that hole. However, if they do, as this source suggests, make such a bid it will be a good addition. Veloso is a quality player who is adaptable and has a decent level of experience for a 22-year-old. Do Gunners fans think that such a bid is necessary?