Reports in Italy suggest that Arsenal have entered talks with Roma over a January move for Leandro Paredes. The Argentinean spent last season on loan at Empoli but has made 10 Serie A appearances since returning to Roma (via The Mirror).
Christmas is just around the corner and more importantly for football fans, so is the January transfer window. The links – much like the decorations – seem to start earlier every year and 2016 is no exception. Today, Arsenal are being linked with a move for Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes.
Paredes is a former Argentinean Under-17 international who is currently at AS Roma. The 22-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at Empoli after moving to Italy from Boca Juniors in 2015. He’s a tough tackling centre midfielder with an eye for a pass.
He’s thought to be one of the best young players in Serie A but with his current contract with Roma running until 2019, a transfer is anything but simple. The links come from Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb which claims that Arsenal have made their interest in the player very clear.
It seems unlikely that Arsene Wenger would make a move for another centre midfielder, especially as early as the January window. Arsenal are honestly spoilt for choice in the centre of the park with Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey. Five very different options which will become six when Jack Wilshere’s stint at Bournemouth ends in the summer. Paredes may be a good player but unless Wenger is expecting at least two of the six midfielders to leave then this transfer seems unnecessary.