Wenger near to completing the signing of three potential Emirates additions.
Arsenal are reportedly moving closer to a deal for Ivorian striker Lacina Traore.
The CFR Cluj striker has been on the Arsenal radar after Arsene Wenger admitted the Gunners would look to sign a forward in the January transfer window.
Injuries to Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott have all taken their toll on the free-flowing side, forcing Andrey Arshavin to play as an out-an-out striker for a month of the season.
Bendtner and Walcott are both moving closer to full fitness, but have struggled to make the final leap into first team action after lengthy spells on the sidelines.
Traore, dubbed ‘the new Adebayor’ for his style of play, has scored six goals in 21 matches for the Romanian side. Hardly prolific, but Wenger is known to bring the best out of raw talent, and that is certainly something many scouts believe this 19-year-old has in abundance.
The Daily Mirror originally reported that the Gunners were interested, and now fresh reports in Europe place Arsenal at the front of a €4 million battle for the striker.
Cluj president Iuliu Muresan confirmed that Arsenal were interested in the striker, and had made initial contact over a possible move for the 6ft 8in striker. (Give Me Football)
Arsenal will complete the signing of Bolivan winger Samuel Galindo next week, Young Guns can confirm. The player is in London and the club are in the process of applying for a ’special talent’ work permit. If granted, it would allow Galindo to go straight into the squad, instead of facing a lengthy loan spell.
Samuel, the current captain of Boliva’s Under 21 national team despite being only 17, will be a surprise signing after it appeared he would seal a switch to Everton earlier this week. Following a week-long trial, David Moyes sat down with the prospect to discuss terms, but an agreement couldn’t be reached. Instead Arsène Wenger asked for a quick look at the left winger and was instantly impressed. A quick deal has been done with Real America which will see a figure of around £500,000 change hands, although that will rise once he makes 50 appearances for the club.
The skilful and energetic attacking talent has been preffered to Juventude’s Brazilian starlet Zezinho, who Arsenal have been in constant contact with. Samuel has been training with Wenger’s first-team charges over the last two days and it appears that he will bypass the youth setup and go straight into contention for a starting place in the closing months of the season. This would be of course if the permit is granted, and he passes a medical. The club famously exploited the ’special talent’ option to bring Alexandre Song to North London in 2005. (Young Guns)
Barcelona have entered the race to sign Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer, according to Spanish radio station Radio Cadena SER. Yesterday evening the radio station reported that the Catalan giants were looking secure the signing of Chamakh as competition for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and are willing to go head-to-head with Arsene Wenger for the player’s signature.
Liverpool were rumoured to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Chamakh, however, those reports have now be denied by the club and the race to sign the talented forward is still open. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was close to securing a deal for the striker during the summer, but the deal eventually collapsed after the North London club refused to match Bordeaux’s valuation of the forward. Knowing that Chamakh can be secured for free, thrifty Wenger reneged on his initial offer choosing instead to rely on the newly fit Eduardo da Silva and improving Nicklas Bendtner.
The Bordeaux forward recently admitted that he will stay at the French club until the end of the season but will announce at the end of January which club he will joining next summer. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners are thought to be leading the chase for the 25-year-old and have accepted that any move will not take place until the summer when Chamakh is available on a free. (Sport.co.uk)
Even though Arsenal are reportedly in good financial shape that hasn’t lessened Arsene Wenger’s ability to shop around for bargains and to make the most of Arsenal’s great scouting system. The Gunners boss is clearly looking to beef up attacking options and these three will barely make a dent in the Emirates coffers.
Lacina Traore won’t appear to be in the usual Wenger mould with the 6ft 8 inch forward towering over the fairly small Arsenal squad, however the Cluj forward is apparently good on the deck and has been compared to Emmanuel Adebayor and at just 19 and available for as little as £5m he could well be a wise purchase for the future.
Pacy Bolivian winger Samuel Galindo is apparently already on his way to the north London club and although not much is known about the Under 21 international clearly Arsene is not in the habit of bringing in young talent until he has had them vetted extensively.
Marouane Chamakh is the nearest to being the finished article of this trio and a day hasn’t gone by without some titbit circulating about where the Bordeaux man will be heading to when his contract runs out in the summer but it appears that the chase has narrowed to a two horse race after Liverpool made it clear that they were not going to make a move for the Moroccan striker. Arsenal would be a good home for the 25 year old and the odds are that Barcelona will not pursue the Ligue 1 man as they look to bed in more of their own young talent as Pepe Guardiola looks to cut costs at the Catalan side.