Arsenal Transfer Watch
Silly season is well underway and one of the most active teams in this transfer window so far has been Arsenal, signing Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers from Southampton, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, with more rumoured to still be on their way… but who?
William Carvalho: Sporting Lisbon
After ten years, Arsenal are yet to replace their much-loved captain Patrick Vieira, but rumours in Portugal suggest Arsene Wenger may have finally found his former captain’s natural heir.
Standing tall at 6 foot 2 inches, Carvalho possesses the strength required to fill Arsenal’s gap in defensive midfield, which combines nicely with the passing range showcased in all but one of Sporting Lisbon’s league games last season.
Carvalho was the surprise star in the Portuguese League last season and carries a hefty £37 million release clause, but Sporting are believed to be ready to accept a fee in the region of £24 million after buying out the 40% held of his value by a third party.
Sami Khedira: Real Madrid
With a World Cup and UEFA Champions’ League to his name in 2014, Sami Khedira may be just the type of calibre required to slot into Arsenal’s centre defensive midfield spot this summer, with the German’s contract set to expire next season.
A move for Khedira would see him link up with best pal Mesut Özil, which may bode well with Wenger’s hopes for his under-fire playmaker, with Khedira leaping to Özil’s defence earlier in the summer by stating that his ex-Real Madrid team mate just needs an arm around the shoulder on the pitch.
Khedira is rumoured to have asked for a substantial amount of money from Real Madrid, with his demands to Arsenal being considerably less, £130,000-a-week, but his injury record may be something Wenger chooses to avoid.
Paco Alcacer: Valencia
The Gunners may have just added Welbeck to a frontline of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, but that still hasn’t pleased many Arsenal fans, who’ll be begging for Wenger to get his wallet out and land a new world class striker.
That new striker may come in the form of Paco Alcacer, whose £15.25 million release clause has alarmed many top clubs across Europe, as Podolski looks set to leave the club in search of first team football. Watch this space!
Winston Reid: West Ham United
Following the £15 million sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, Arsenal are in desperate need of an extra defender at least, to which I present to you Winston Reid!
The West Ham United man has just one year left on his contract and has received high praise from the Upton Park faithful ever since his arrival in 2010 from FC Midtjylland. Reid is rumoured to be stalling on a new deal with the Hammers and may cost as cheap as £2 million.
Eder Alvarez Balanta: River Plate
Eder Alvarez Balanta has clubs from all over Europe enquiring about him, due to his impressive performances for River Plate and his relatively low release clause of approximately £9 million.
Despite not being the tallest, Balanta is a strong and athletic centre half who is regarded as one of South America’s brightest young defenders, aged 21. The Colombian, who can also play left back, is believed to be wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid.