Emirates Stadium boss linked with interest in three Stamford Bridge stars.
Arsenal have being heavily linked with interest in three Stamford Bridge stars as Arsene Wenger looks to make significant moves before the transfer window closes tomorrow.
Several sources have stated that the Gunners boss is interested in signing Brazilian centre back Alex, winger Florent Malouda and attacking midfielder Yossi Benayoun. All three could be deemed as surplus to requirements at Chelsea but it is highly unlikely that Blues owner Roman Abramovich would sanction sales to a rival club.
Wenger is looking to add strength in depth to his defence and is set to sign German international Per Mertesacker so may not so urgently need to draft in Chelsea’s Alex but the 29 year old would be an experienced player to call upon nonetheless and though the former PSV Eindhoven man started the first two games of the season he is likely to fall down the pecking order when David Luiz returns from his injury lay-off.
Having seen last summer’s signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci fail to settle in the Premier League, the Arsenal manager knows he needs to beef up his defence and find a reliable partner for Thomas Vermaelen.
Florent Malouda may similarly be set to find his starting chances limited following the arrivals of Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku and the talented winger is the type of player that would easily fit into Arsenal’s free flowing attacking style. Though the 31 year old has had four successful seasons at the West London club it does seem that new boss Villas-Boas may not see the former Lyon man as part of his first team plans.
Yossi Benayoun has made just one Premier League start since his move to Chelsea last summer and it’s been reported that there is much interest in the Israeli international captain who is also being linked with interest from former club Liverpool, Tottenham and Lille.
Wenger looks likely to bring in a few new faces by the transfer deadline as he attempts to rejuvenate a squad that has seen star players Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri all leave.