We were heavily linked with a loan move for Aleksandr Kokorin over the summer transfer window, but current club Dinamo Moscow vetoed the move (via the Express).
His agent claims a move could still be on the cards though (via the Daily Star), despite the move falling through this past summer.
A striker seemed like a must ahead of the 2015/16 season, with many fans hoping for a world class addition like Karim Benzema or Robert Lewandowski. Arsene Wenger clearly wasn’t happy with the calibre of the players available however, and therefore looked to bring Kokorin to the club on loan as a short term option.
Kokorin and Moscow felt a loan move wasn’t right however, and blocked any potential transfer.
His agent insists he could still move clubs however, whether he makes the switch to Arsenal or any other club.
“Aleksandr, if all well informed, still has a chance [to move in the future] and not just to Arsenal,” he said.
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“If Dinamo refused to give Aleksandr to Arsenal in the past transfer window, it does not mean that he can’t be where he wants [in the next window].
“We have a very good relationship with the coaching staff and the management of the football club Dinamo Moscow.
“We have, of course, been notified.”
The 24-year-old is arguably not what we need at the moment, and with Theo Walcott stepping up to the plate we should be setting our sights higher.
We will have plenty of squad players up front when everyone’s fit, with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, and Walcott all able to play there. We only really need to be targeting truly world class strikers, who could really take us to the next level.
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It seems Dinamo Moscow are only willing to let Kokorin leave on a permanent transfer, and that really doesn’t seem like it would suit us.