Out of contract star set for Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal hope to seal a summer switch for Argentinean midfielder Claudio Yacob this summer, but will have to compete with Udinese and Benfica for his services, according to Ole.
Widespread reports have today added Arsenal’s name to that list, with the suggestion that the Gunners have already opened talks to bring Yacob to Emirates Stadium in the summer.
By then, Yacob will be out of contract, and at the age of 24, the Racing Club de Avellaneda anchor midfielder will be ready to move to Europe.
The fact that Yacob possesses a passport from either Spain or Italy – depending on which reports you read – means that he would not require a work permit should he move to England.
It would be a marked turnaround from Arsene Wenger, having reportedly bid somewhere in the region of £24m for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila in the summer, but a cost-cutting move could hardly be a surprise for Wenger – notoriously reluctant to spend money.
Perhaps Wenger is saving his funds to buy a top goalscorer, as should Robin van Persie get injured, the team may well struggle.
Arsenal fans will live in hope, but like transfer deadline day, where the club only recruited a £600,000 teenager from Borussia Dortmund, the recruitment policy will likely remain as the acquisition of young players with potential.
As Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis said earlier this week in an interview with Fox, “We’re about creating star players, not about buying them.”
It is a route that has served Arsenal very well in the past, but makes it difficult to compete at the highest level in today’s game.