Arsenal are planning to move for Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero, should they fail in their attempt to sign any big names, according to reports in Mirror.
The Ecuadorian wide-man is a long-term target for Cardiff, but the Gunners are ready to hijack their domestic rivals move should their pursuits of other targets end in disappointment.
The Gunners who have been in search of a creative midfielder all summer have been linked with moves for Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata and Julian Draxler, but no deal has been finalized yet, and Arsene Wenger has earmarked the Ecuador international as an emergency option come deadline day.
The winger plays for Mexican club Morelia where he has scored three goals and assisted two this season. He previously played for Villarreal, from where he was sent on loan to Levante and Real Betis. He has over 30 international caps for Ecuador.
The 24-year-old is available for around £3 million, making him a cost effective short-term solution for Arsenal who are without Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain due to injury. Montero played with current Gunners icon Santi Cazorla at Villarreal prior to moving to Mexico in search of regular first-team football.
Montero is a very quick and tricky two-footed winger and has started the 2013/2014 Mexican Liga very brightly, with five goals in five appearances, three of which came in one game in truly sensational fashion. When on the ball, he uses his pace to gallop down the left flank and his trickery to slice through the opposition.
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He is a player who dribbles and shoots more than he creates. He keeps his passes short and simple and generally prefers to rely on pace and trickery rather than his play making ability. He is also capable of setting up his team mates.
His placement of goals is just fantastic. All of his goals this season have been placed into the corner of the goal and 50% of his shots have also been placed into the corner which means he has more than a great chance of converting a shot into goal. With such efficiency shown in front of goal so far this season, he would be likely to chip in with a few goals.
The Gunners have been extremely quiet thus far in the window and will be looking to scoop for some major signings before the transfer window closes on Monday night. I think Montero will just be a back up option in case we miss out on our targets which is actually a good tactic considering clubs will be unwilling to sell players at the 11th hour but the point i don’t get is why did we wait all this time to sign our targets.
Where are the Marquee signings Mr.Wenger?