Sometimes I have to shake my head at Arsenal’s transfer policy and this is one of them. According to reports in England and Spain, Arsenal have made an offer to Atletico Madrid for striker Adrian Lopez, but the bid is below his £14million buy-out clause.
Arsenal are reported to have repeatedly watched Lopez in action for Atletico Madrid this season, but the Gunners initial offer is said to be only around £10million which has been turned down by the Spanish side.
With Klass-Jan Huntelaar off the radar after signing a new deal to stay at Schalke, the market for strikers is a little thin. At 24-years-old, Lopez is a Spanish international and would fit into the Arsenal style of play.
So why risk not signing the player, or letting someone else come in and grab him over £4m? Considering that Arsenal would probably sign Lopez to a 4-year deal, we are talking about only £1m a year. Which to a club the size of Arsenal is nothing.
I hope we are not sitting here on February 2 lamenting that Arsenal did not bring in another striker during this transfer window, because they were not willing to pay an extra £4m for a striker that they obviously really like.