Arsenal Linked With £9.7m South American Striker Who Could Be Sensible Signing

Emirates Stadium side linked with former Bundesliga hot-shot who could provide much needed strength in depth to North London side’s squad.

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Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios admits it is not up to him whether he leaves Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande amid speculation linking him with a European return.

Barrios joined Guangzhou from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal in the summer but is already being linked with a move back to Europe after struggling to settle.

The 27-year-old, who is thought to have attracted Premier League interest from the likes of Arsenaland Manchester City in the past, has also been tipped for a return to former club Colo-Colo of Chile.

However, Barrios says he will only leave the Chinese club if suitors are willing to pay the reported €12million (£9.7m) he cost Guangzhou.

He told Radio ADN: “Those are rumours that have come up because some time ago I expressed my intention of leaving China.

“It’s speculated that I’ll return to Europe, that I’ll join a big club, but that doesn’t depend on me.”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Had it not been for the fine form of Pole Robert Lewandowski then there is a good chance that Lucas Barrios would still be impressing many at Borussia Dortmund.

The 27 year old scored 23 goals in his first season in Germany following his £3.5m move from Colo-Colo and then proved that return was no fluke by netting 21 goals in the club’s Bundesliga winning season in 2010/11 but last term the Paraguayan found himself playing second fiddle to Lewandowski and clearly did not feel like warming the bench at the Westfalenstadion and opted to move to China to join Guangzhou Evergrande.

He helped Marcello Lippi’s side to a domestic title but appears to be leaning towards a move back to Europe or back to Santiago based side Colo Colo and Arsenal’s interest would surely tempt the big forward into a move to the Premier League.

With Olivier Giroud still bedding into life in the English top tier and Lukas Podolski and Gervinho seemingly seen as wide attacking options by Arsene Wenger a move for reinforcements in January is crucial if Arsenal are to have any hope of mounting a push to end their seven year silverware drought, perhaps the addition of an experienced striker like Barrios would be a sensible move to consider?

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