Interesting article in the Daily Mail today that Arsenal will be busy in the January transfer window with Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez and Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente strikers being the Gunners main targets. A transfer budget in the region of £35million was mentioned. I will take that with a grain of salt because I don’t think Arsenal have ever had that sort of net transfer spend.
The theory goes that when Arsenal signed Giroud in the summer that he was brought in to supplement van Persie and not to replace him, leaving Arsenal short one quality striker. Arsene Wenger has tried Gervinho in a more central attacking role this summer with mixed success.
Lukas Podolski can also play as a conventional No 9, but his best position seems to be in the left-sided role that he currently is in.
According to Sportmail, the Gunners wish list includes Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, a player who has already been scouted intensively by Arsenal and Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente. Llorente, who was heavily linked with a move to Juventus in the summer is out of contract at the end of the season meaning he could be available at a cut-price fee in January.
Other options include Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic as well as Palermo’s Abel Hernandez.
I understand the thought process behind the story and yes Arsenal have a need for a player with the quality of Llorente. But nothing I have ever heard from Arsene Wenger or Ivan Gazidis leads me to believe that Arsenal would have a net spend of anywhere near £35million in any transfer window.
One scenario I could see is that Arsenal balance the books somewhat by selling Walcott, Chamakh, Squillaci, Djourou and Arshavin. If they can offload these five players that is probably £15-20million is cash, which could reduce the net spent to a more manageable £15-20million.
Do you think Arsenal will spend big in January?