Emirates boss sets sights on relative unknown.
ARSENAL are looking at Montpellier’s Emir Spahic as a candidate to fill their vacancy at centre-back.
Spahic caught the eye as captain of the Bosnia team which made it all the way to the World Cup play-offs before losing narrowly to Portugal.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to prefer Germany star Per Mertesacker but is looking at alternatives if a deal cannot be struck with Werder Bremen to sign the 25-year-old.
Spahic is older, at almost 30, but would provide cover elsewhere in Arsenal’s defence. Like Mikael Silvestre, one of three centre-backs to leave the Emirates this summer, Spahic can play at left-back as well as in the middle.
In his increasingly urgent search for a fourth centre-half, Wenger has not ruled out going back with an improved offer for Everton’s Phil Jagielka. Everton have already rejected a £10m approach and Arsenal will have to dig a lot deeper if they want to sign him or a previous target, Bolton’s Gary Cahill. (News of the World)
This does seem highly unlikely. Wenger firstly doesn’t really like to sign players to near that cut off age of 30, when the Arsenal boss opts for rolling one year deals, and whilst Spahic has been in fine form for his national team he has achieved very moderate success at club level.
He did however help Montpellier to a very decent fifth place finish in Ligue 1 last term and if indeed the Gunners manager is simply looking for cover rather than a player who could be a first team regular from the get go, then perhaps the deal is less confusing.
However given that the club has a distinct lack of experienced heads in the back line then perhaps the Emirates outfit would be better off pushing for the capture of the likes of Per Mertesacker or Neven Subotic who have proven themselves in the top leagues of Europe.
A move for the former Lokomotiv Moscow man wouldn’t be that cheap. A valuation of around £9m has been placed on Spahic who still has four years to run on his current contract.