Arsene Wenger tracks a number of potential Emirates Stadium additions.
Arsenal have joined Manchester United and Manchester City in the race for Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan.
Gunners scout Gilles Grimandi has also been quoted in the Portugese press, admitting they are looking at the highly-prized Argentinian midfielder.
In the wake of Arsenal’s 4-0 humiliation by AC Milan in midweek, Arsenal boss is planning a summer overhaul of his squad.
Wenger is tracking Cologne forward Lukas Podolski, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, Anderlecht forward Matias Suarez and Blackburn forward Junior Hoilett.
Arsenal are also looking trying to tie down Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott on new contracts.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This source appears to believe that Arsene Wenger is very keen to ring the changes at the Emirates Stadium in the summer but the quality of players he can lure to North London will be wholly dependent on whether the Gunners collect that all important top four finish this term.
The Daily Mirror rate Nicolas Gaitan in the £35m bracket and such a fee is of course uncharted territory for Wenger, who’s biggest spend as Arsenal boss comes in at less than half the asking price placed on the talented Benfica man and therefore of the five players listed only a two or three could be considered realistic targets.
Borussia Dortmund Mario Gotze is now a regular in the German national team and considered one of the hottest properties in the Bundesliga so it seems unlikely he would leave his title chasing side for Arsenal in the current state they are in, who look likely to complete seven seasons without any silverware this term.
Matias Suarez has done well at Anderlecht but would the forward represent an improvement on the likes of Gervinho or Marouane Chamakh? After all we are talking about a 23 year old Argentine without a single cap for his country.
Lukas Podolski could be a possible option, an adaptable attacking tool who Wenger has been linked with for some time. Koln appear to be going nowhere fast in the domestic game and therefore the experienced former Bayern Munich man may consider a move to the Premier League.
Maybe the most likely of this quintet to join Arsenal is Blackburn Rovers youngster Junior Hoilett, the Canadian will be out of contract in the summer and he fits the youthful nature of Wenger’s squad and would only cost what a tribunal would instruct them to pay if indeed they were to lodge their interest in the Ewood Park attacker.
As this list of potential additions shows, Wenger will feel that the need to offer Robin Van Persie support up front could be the key area of his Arsenal side that needs reinforcing.