Here is a quick roundup of what the papers are saying today. Lots of defensive players are being linked to Arsenal, here are the more probable ones:
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have been impressed by the performances of Hull City’s Andrew Robertson. The 20 year old full back has been in great form lately, and is one of the stand out performers for Hull this season.
He was a summer transfer, with the Tigers purchasing him from Dundee United. Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in the youngster since he can fill in at right back and allow Calum Chambers to play more centrally on a regular basis. The fee is expected to be around the £10 million region.
The Express says that Arsenal are all set to get serious over Ipswich town defender Tyrone Mings. The 21 year old Englishman was the Championship player of the month for September and has impressed with a series of strong performances for the club.
He is a natural left back, and a product of the Southampton youth academy, known for producing quality players. Ipswich Town purchased him for just £10,000 last summer, but they will make a massive profit should they choose to sell to the Gunners.
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Arsenal scout Steve Rowley has been watching the player’s games; and at 6ft 3in the defender will offer Arsenal some much needed physical presence for set pieces, something Wenger has admitted that we need desperately. But whether an inexperienced youngster is the right man for the job remains to be seen.
In the defensive midfield position, Atletico Madrid’s Mario Suarez is rumoured to be keen on a move to the Premier League, claim the Express. The defending Spanish champions lost several key players over the summer, and have struggled to match their performances from the previous season.
Suarez has also struggled to break into the first team this season, and this could mean that he would be available at a cut price deal. Among his potential suitors are Manchester United and Arsenal. Although more famous names like William Carvalho and Sami Khedira are being linked to Arsenal, our £20 million budget means that we might have to look at this player in the future.
And in more defence related news Arsenal and Manchester City are about to enter a bidding war over the services of Leicester City defender Liam Moore, according to the Mirror.
The England Under-21 international is one of the most promising talents in the country, and can play at both centre back and right back, something that is sure to appeal to Wenger. However, the minimum price tag is reported to be £5 million, which will surely rise if City get involved.
And finally, Daily Star reports that Arsenal are the frontrunners to sign Brazilian star Anderson Talisca. The forward has impressed for Benefica so far this season and is finding the net on a regular basis. Among his many admirers are Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The Gunners will look to finalise the deal in January if Lukas Podolski chooses to leave the club. As his replacement, Talisca is expected to cost around £17 million. The 20 year old has not spoken about the speculations, but those in the know say Arsenal have the upper hand so far. Arsenal have regularly scouted the player this season, most recently at an Under-21 international game against Bolivia.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Arsenal should sign any of these players?