There are plenty of rumours in the pot at the moment with the summer transfer window fast approaching. There is no secret Arsene Wenger needs a combative midfielder, and here’s two possible signings that have been linked today: Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia and Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons. Both French, around the £15-17.5 million bracket and are young – that ticks all of Wenger’s boxes.
Another star name that has been flirted with the Gunners is Robert Lewandowski. The in-form Borussia Dortmund striker is wanted by the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal with his contract set to expire at the end of next season. His agent has revealed that the Polish international is seeking a move to England in the future, however he will remain in Germany next season.
Firstly onto the highly rated France Under-20 midfielder Kondogbia. The former Lens star arrived in Spain last summer and has already earned plenty of plaudits during his time with Sevilla is a defensive minded midfielder who can also play at centreback which has pricked the ears of many Arsenal fans.
Wenger reportedly said when quizzed on his interest in the Frenchman:
I don’t really want to talk about Kondogbia too much because everyone’s after him at the moment.
When you ask ‘Are you also interested?’ what do you expect me to say?
Arsenal are desperate for a quality holding midfielder with Diaby too injury prone, Arteta not only aging but is more of a deep lying playmaker/box to box player rather than a combative, tackling midfielder. But unfortunately the prospect of him heading to North London looks pretty thin with the 20-year-old revealing his desire to join La Liga giants Real Madrid.
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Skysports revealed the midfielder said:
My preference? Real Madrid has been my dream since I was a small boy.
It is always great to see that clubs are following you and want you. On the Real Madrid thing that would be a dream come true. But it is only a rumour at the moment.
With that type of team I could play regularly in the Champions League.
He can hopefully play in the Champions League with Arsenal? But that’s the issue isn’t it, ‘hopefully’. It seems unlikely Arsene Wenger will be able to lure the youngster to the Emirates if big dogs Madrid come calling especially as he is settled in Spain already.
On to the next Frenchman then…According to the Metro, Arsenal have ‘opened talks’ with the tough tackling Maxime Gonalons. The six-times-capped French international has been scouted by the Gunners heavily after impressing with Lyon and there are reports in France suggesting the Gunners have moved quickly in an attempt to secure the combative midfielders signature as soon as the transfer window opens.
He is rated at approximately £15million by the French outfit and is contracted until 2016 – a reasonable asking price that could satisfy the prudent Arsene Wenger. He turned 24 last month, and would gel with the likes of Diaby (when fit), Sagna and Coquelin at the Emirates – however the latter would most likely depart this summer if his compatriot Gonalons is brought in.
Lastly, Robert Lewandowski has wowed recently after his emphatic four-goal haul against Real Madrid last week and will be hot property this summer. His contract is set to expire with Dortmund in just over twelve months and while they will be ‘all German’ and hold strong, if a big money offer comes in they will have no choice but to accept.
While it remains a long shot that the Gunners can acquire such a high profile striker, his agent has given some hope that he may not in fact switch to the inevitable Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich this summer, and could be in line for a switch to England next year.
His representative Malik Barthel was quoted as saying in the Guardian:
I can tell you only one thing – Robert is interested in the future coming to the Premier League. The Premier League is very interesting for Robert. How long is the future, I cannot say to you. I think this summer is not the future.
The centre forward has an incredible 23 goals in 26 Bundesliga starts for Dortmund in the current campaign, and would be a brilliant acquisition for Arsenal who desperately need a striker of the Poles quality. Wouldn’t it be nice if we finally managed to get a player that other top clubs are after? We can only dream..