We’re badly in need of attacking reinforcements this summer, but Arsenal fans are unlikely to be pleased with the news that Kostas Mitroglou is the one we’re chasing, as reported by Portuguese publication Record (via the Express).
The Greek forward is still owned by Fulham, but currently plies his trade for Portuguese giants Benfica. He’s been excellent during his loan spell, but his time with the London club has really tarnished his reputation.
Having scored 19 goals in 28 games for Benfica, it’s understandable that a number of clubs are chasing his signature. The report suggests he’d be available for as little as £5.5m, which is a number likely to appeal to Arsene Wenger.
The 28-year-old’s time at Fulham was an unmitigated disaster, and after his £12m move in 2014 (via the Express) he made just three appearances for the Cottagers. He was hampered by injuries and poor fitness, consequently leading to him being shipped away pretty quickly.
The report suggests Arsene Wenger is already in talks with his representatives, so a deal could be in the works ahead of the summer transfer window opening. It seems impossible that Fulham would be able to keep hold of him, so either another loan spell or a summer sale has got to happen. The Express claim Benfica have first refusal, but a switch to Arsenal could be a far more enticing prospect.
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That said though, despite the striker obviously being an excellent finisher, he’s arguably not the quality we need. He’s not the most mobile of forwards, and we really need to be signing a major upgrade on the likes of Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud. Kostas Mitroglou is not that upgrade, and although at £5.5m he’d arguably be a bargain, we should be aiming higher.