Emirates Stadium side subject of interesting Bundesliga offer.
Schalke are ready to offer Arsenal the chance to swap Andrey Arshavin for Jefferson Farfan.
According to reports in Germany, the Bundesliga side are desperate not to lose Farfan for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the season – and he is unlikely to sign a new deal.
But Schalke will not sell the Peruvian forward, 27, in January unless they can secure a replacement.
And it is understood that they have set their sights on Arshavin, Arsenal’s record signing, who has become a bit-part player at The Emirates.
It has been reported that Schalke are hoping to solve their Farfan dilemma by offering Arsenal a straight swap for Arshavin.
The Gunners want around £15m for the 30-year-old which is around what Schalke would want for Farfan, considering his contract situation.
Given the rather average form displayed by Andrei Arhavin this reported offer from Schalke may well be deemed as a tempting one and perhaps even one that the Russian may himself be keen on. The 30 year old has had an up and down time of it over the past 18 months, during which time the former Zenit man has flitted between being average to seemingly disinterested in such a manner that has led to his being left out of the first team starting eleven all too often of late.
Arshavin has started just five Premier League matches thus far this season and has watched on as Theo Walcott and Gervinho impress on either side of Robin Van Persie up front and must be wondering if he has much in the way of a future at the North London club.
The Russian international’s contract comes to an end in a shade under 18 months and as such an offer of this type may well tempted Arsene Wenger.
Jefferson Farfan is a speedy wide man who has an eye for goal and is a consistent performer in the Bundesliga. Whilst at PSV he played more up front and has a handy scoring record, notching up over 100 goals in his past seven seasons. The Peruvian was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium before he moved to Gelsenkirchen.