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Arsenal Set to Fork Out £15m to Land Spanish Replacement for Contract Rebel Theo Walcott

Emirates Stadium side ready to make offer for Spanish international.

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Same again? Arsenal line up Lopez as replacement for Walcott

Atletico Madrid forward is also refusing to sign a new contract, just like the England winger

Arsenal have a move in their sights for Atletico Madrid’s answer to Theo Walcott… contract rebel Adrian Lopez, writes The People.

And he will be on the Gunners radar if they fail to agree terms with the England winger before the transfer window opens in January.

Lopez, who scored 18 goals last season, has a buy-out clause of around £15million in his current contract, a fee that won’t scare off Arsenal.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

If Theo Walcott does indeed continue to refuse to budge on his contract demands and Arsenal stick to their guns with regards to any salary hike then a move for a direct replacement may not be all that relevant given the form shown by Gervinho of late as well as the potential shown by long term prospects Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi.

Therefore interest in Adrian Lopez could be more a way of Arsene Wenger boosting his general attacking options as the former Deportivo La Coruna man can play in a wide forward role as well as in an orthodox striking role, an area that Arsene Wenger may feel a greater need to beef up given that he currently has two recognised senior strikers who can effectively deliver the goods, summer signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud as Marouane Chamakh appears to be well and truly surplus to requirements.

Lopez had a successful first season at the Vicente Calderon, netting 19 goals in all competitions and helping his side to a Europa League title.

However this term contract issues appear to have affected his form and the La Liga side may well elect to sell in preference to giving in to his demands.

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