Udinese is a club well known for producing quality players. Current gunner Alexis Sanchez is one of their products, and the Chilean has quickly established himself as one of the key players at the Emirates, winning the Player of the Month.
With the defensive problems that Arsenal are facing, they are constantly on the lookout for good new talent to bring in. If the players are available cheap, that is just a bonus for the Gunners. And a Brazilian youngster, currently playing in the Serie A, fits both these criteria.
Allan, a defensive midfielder, is one of the most prominent players in the Udinese team right now. That is Arsenal’s weakest position, where they have been forced to play the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. Both those players are not really up to the task, and are partly responsible for Arsenal’s leakiness at the back so far.
Allan, meanwhile, leads Serie A in terms of successful tackles with 27 in 46 total attempts, playing every minute available for the Zebrette so far this season as the club sit fourth in the Italian top flight. And it’s not only this season that the 23-year-old has dominated the centre of the park for Udinese. Last season he led the league in tackles with 107, and trailed only Valon Behrami in the 2012-13 campaign with 124 – his career best.
To say that most of Allan’s exploits at the Stadio Friuli have gone under the radar would be an understatement. Whilst others such as Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho – who is 22 and has been linked with Arsenal – have monopolised attention and thus become pricey, Allan has gone about his business with quiet efficiency in northeast Italy.
Should We Buy?
Transfermarkt lists his value at a strikingly reasonable £7.5 million, a bargain figure for the type of tenacious play he brings to a team, and also much lesser than the other players who are being linked to Arsenal. He is young, can play for at least eight more years in top flight football, and he has the experience of three previous seasons in the Serie A.
Arsenal would do well to take a look at the Brazilian, who could be a relatively low-cost solution to an enduring problem and still has lots of room to grow at his age. There appear to be no other clubs interested in the player, and as such a quick swoop in the January transfer window could see the Gunners easily land the player. A must buy at a bargain price.
What do you think? Should Arsenal try to sign this player?