Spanish Clubs Compete For Arsenal Player Transfer

Emirates goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is a wanted man.

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Malaga have joined the race to sign out-of-favour Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Former Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini, who took over at Malaga last month, is determined to strengthen in the January transfer window as the club teeter just above the drop zone in La Liga.

No one has conceded more goals in Spain’s top division this season – 28 in 14 games – and Pellegrini has made signing a new No 1 his priority.

Almunia, 33, seems to have little future at the Emirates Stadium after boss Arsene Wenger’s summer pursuit of Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.

The Spaniard has also been linked with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid as he enters the final 18 months of his contract in north London.

Malaga are also looking at Atletico Madrid’s Spain Under 21 keeper Sergio Asenjo, but he is likely to stay put in anticipation of David de Gea moving on to a bigger club – perhaps with Manchester United – at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger has realised this season with some decent performances from Lucasz Fabianski – and Wojciech Szczeszny in the Carling Cup – that it is quite useful to have a goalkeeper that can actually make saves.

Manuel Almunia has long been derided for conceding the only shots on target in a match, and it has taken a long time for the Arsenal manager to see the light.

A £1.5m move to either Malaga, Atletico Madrid or Villarreal – where he would probably be second choice instead of third at the Emirates – signifies how far the Spaniard’s stock has fallen this season.

Once talked about as a potential England player should he take citizenship, and capable of wonderful performances, such as against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals last season, Almunia has not been able to produce his best as often as is required at a top level club.

Now, it would appear that he is finally being moved on.

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