Emirates Stadium boss to follow up interest in one Mestalla star by pursuing another.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly hoping to follow up his interest in one Valencia star, attacker Juan Mata, with an offer for another, Dutch international Hedwiges Maduro.
Much has been made of Wenger’s pursuit of Spaniard Mata and the La Liga club has confirmed that the North London side have been in talks to that effect, and now Wenger will look to express his desire to bring in former Ajax man Maduro into the bargain.
The chase to bring Juan Mata to the Emirates Stadium continues to gather pace, regardless of reports that the deadline of the 23 year old’s release clause has long since passed. Wenger is willing to fork out as much as £23m for the former Real Madrid youth team graduate and there is a sense that the Mestalla side is willing to sell to balance the books.
£6m rated Maduro would help beef up the club’s porous defence and the fact that the 26 year old can also play in a defensive midfield role make him the kind of adaptable player that Wenger targets. A graduate of the Ajax academy, the burly Valencia man is comfortable on the ball and an in many ways an ideal Arsenal signing.
Valencia boss Unai Emery may be amenable to selling Maduro now that Adil Rami has completed his move to the La Liga club, having spent the second half of last season back on loan to Lille following his move to Spain.
Wenger may be keen to add more steel to his midfield, especially now that Brazilian Denilson has been loaned back to Sao Paulo, but it is clear that the Arsenal boss has serious concerns about his defence. Last season the Gunners conceded as many Premier League goals than in any other during the Frenchman’s reign at the club and it is clear that last summer’s signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci have not adapted well to life in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger knows that after six seasons without tangible success that this coming campaign may be make or break for him so he will want to bring in further additions to help his cause and a move to bring this Valencia pair in would go someway to helping appeasing those who feel that the North London club has lacked ambition in recent years.