After Muzzi Ozcan, a Turkish football agent who works for Mondial Sport Management & Consulting Sarl has informed the world that Arsenal are about to make the transfer of the season (via Twitter.com), most of us have been pondering who might be our spectacular signing.
There are people who doubt at Ozcan’s reliability but let’s not forget that he had announced Payet’s transfer to West Ham, Alderweireld’s to Spuds, Richards’ to Aston Villa and Van Persie’s to Fenerbahče. He also announced Manchester United are about to hijack a big deal that turned out to be Bastian Schweinsteiger whose move to Old Trafford has been announced by Bayern (via Sky Sports).
Now, given that Ozcan is obviously well-informed and that the agency for which he works has a lot of interesting players on their list, let’s take a look who might be the mysterious player. I did my list of possible “suspects” based on the following guidelines:
- I excluded all goalkeepers given our recent business.
- I excluded all central defenders as we are already well stocked.
- I used the list of players represented by Ozcan’s agency.
- I imported two players outside of the agency that Ozcan might have inside knowledge on.
- Given that Ozcan has stated it would be the transfer of the season, I picked players that might fall into that category (some might argue about inclusion of Feghouli but he has been rated highly).
Here is my list.
The reports about Benzema’s possible departure from Real Madrid have been around ever since Carlo Ancelotti was sacked. The Frenchman is my favourite somone that would suit our game the best – his hold-up play, technique, strength and goal-scoring ability is world-class m and his reunion with Mesut Ozil might be a joy to watch. At the age of 28, Benzema has at least four more years of top-class football in him. If Ozcan claims that Arsenal might do the transfer of the season, there are very few players that would fit the bill. Benzema is most certainly one of them. He is not a client of Ozcan’s agency but neither is Schweinsteiger.
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Now, this might sound like a long-distance shot but it actually isn’t. Cavani is listed as the most expensive player at Ozcan’s agency, is one of the best strikers in the world and scored 31 goals in all competitions last season despite being deployed on the wing for most of the time. He would bang goals in for fun at Arsenal as he would probably get a place in the central role. Arsene Wenger has once before laughed off the rumour of his arrival but the Frenchman has admiration for South-American strikers. Cavani is the best one available among them.
The 25-year-old Algerian winger has been one of the outstanding Valencia performers for quite awhile. Given that he has just one year left on his contract, Valencia might be tempted to sell the Algerian. Wenger has already stated that Theo Walcott is going to play in a central role in the future which leaves us with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry as options for the right wing (Alexis Sanchez can play there too but he is most effective on the left hand side). Both Chamberlain and Gnabry are injury-prone which might force Wenger to sign a winger. Just like Cavani, Feghouli a client of Ozcan’s as well. There is one more important thing: Valencia have already signed a right winger – Rodrigo from Benfica – who may be considered as a replacement for Feghouli.
Witsel is also a client of Ozcan’s agency and is a top Belgian player who currently plies his trade at Zenit. He has been connected with a possible move to Chelsea but his physical presence is something our midfield has been craving. With Witsel and Coquelin we would have two excellent options for our defensive midfield area. He can also play higher up the pitch which can be only a good thing. At the age of 26, he would be a reasonable purchase. However, there are reports that the midfielder has already agreed terms with AC Milan and it remains for clubs to reach the agreement (via Bleacherreport.com).
Alexandre Lacazette who plays next to Nabil Fekir – is a client of Mondial Sport Management & Consulting Sarl – might be the mysterious player. The Frenchman has been considered as one of the best on the market following his brilliant season with Olympique Lyon. Now, unlike Benzema or Cavani, he is yet to reach his peak which is why I didn’t include him in a higher position on this list. My guess is that Arsene will rather try to sign a player who is the finished article to bolster our attack than a long-term option like Lacazette which means Benzema and Cavani are more likely to be on Wenger’s radar.
What is your guess, my dear Gooners? Feel free to comment!