Deep breath, strap in and let’s go.it’s rumour roundup time at Arsenal and despite all the positive noises about Ever Banega, it appears the North London club are now considering Denis Suarez or Franck Kessie.
I am naturally quite pessimistic about securing the services of Kessie, because of the interest of a host of clubs including Chelsea and Spurs.
That leaves Denis Suarez, who has managed to divide fan opinion on social media, with some in favour and some not.
The main reason being his inability to hold down a first team place at Barcelona and some see it as fighting for scraps at the top table.
Fans would do well to consider that other talent didn’t quite make the grade for the Catalan side and they did quite nicely from a move away.
Fabregas and Bellerin are the two most prominent names on my list but you wouldn’t exactly class them as scraps.
If Ousmane Dembélé became available, there would be a number of clubs leading the chase, even though he hasn’t exactly set the World on fire.
The likely cost for Suarez is said to be around £20 million but could just shade over that amount to get the deal done, possibly with a series of tag on’s.
Elsewhere, Reece Oxford Of West Ham is said to be a summer target but the arrival of Gary Cahill, seems to have drifted into the ether.
Andreas Pereira was also high on the list of possible targets but it’s doubtful that Manchester United will release anyone until the summer, before the management situation is resolved.
Juventus are willing to offer Sami Khedira in exchange for outgoing Aaron Ramsey, which is a deal I’d happily take.
It maybe speculation but Torreira and Khedira in the same side is a nice daydream to indulge ones self with.
That leaves the defensive conundrum to navigate and Arsenal have a lot of work to do on that one
I’d plump for any of the following
Sander Berge (NOR, 20 – Genk)
Frenkie de Jong (NED, 21 – Ajax)
Matthijs de Ligt (NED, 18 – Ajax)
Dávid Hancko (SVK, 20 – Fiorentina)
Benjamin Pavard (FRA, 22 – Stuttgart)
Malang Sarr (FRA, 19 – Nice)
However, that may require a big investment, which we’ve been told is unlikely until the sun lotion comes out again.