As Arsenal enter another crucial Champions League week, the transfer gossip isn’t subsiding. Fortunately, we have Jonathan Kaney to guide us through it and give his opinion! Here’s todays news.
PSG plot swoop for Arsene Wenger (Express)
The Express is reporting that PSG’s billionaire owners are lining up Arsene Wenger to replace Lauren Blanc when his contract expires in the summer.
The French champions are keen admirers of Wenger, but I can’t see this one happening, particularly with Arsene near the end of his career. Who knows, though? At the moment, Gooners are in the dark about his future, and it doesn’t seem as if he’s decided himself whether he will move on in 2017 and take a final challenge or stay Gunners at Arsenal until 2019.
If he were to take on a final challenge, PSG would be a great option with unlimited wealth, but they stand for everything he hates in football. Nothing in this one.
Arsenal eye Genoa winger Diego Perotti (Metro)
The Metro are reporting Arsene Wenger will make a move for 27-year-old Genoa winger Diego Perotti in January.
According to reports in Italy, the two-footed and versatile Argentine winger has been on Wenger’s radar since the summer, and the Frenchman is set to step up his interest to bring him to the Emirates in the new year to cover for injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain.
Perroti is one of the most solid forwards in Serie A and although by no means a prolific goalscorer, his stats of creating 21 chances this season – bettered only by the Gunners own Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla – makes him a promising creative signing and well needed cover.
Arsenal plot swoop for Napoli’s Jorginho (Express)
The Sun reports that Wenger is also interested in another Serie A midfielder – Napoli’s Jorginho.
The 23-year-old has become a star performer in Naples this season in the centre of midfield and is thought to have caught Arsene Wenger’s eye with his performances, with the Frenchman on the lookout for midfield reinforcements.
Jorginho is more Cazorla than Coquelin as he likes to create chances and get forward rather than shield the defence. With our midfield cover looking bare though, the former Verona star would be a welcome addition to the squad and a talented player for the future.