Which of these five superstars could Arsenal sign this summer?
It has become customary for Arsenal, 22/1 to win the Champions League this season, to sign fantastic players every year. After they paid off their stadium debt a couple of years ago, there followed number of lucrative acquisitions. Mesut Ozil’s arrival at the end of the 2013 summer transfer window sparked the message that Arsenal were finally back. With Alexis Sanchez following a year later they put themselves level with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
As a result, fans have gone on to expect flagship recruits. However, following the signing of a number of attacking personnel, is the time right to think about bringing in quality further back. Coral analyse five possibilities for this summer in the transfer window; inevitably there are a couple of attackers in the list.
Dietmar Hammann recently suggested that Arsene Wenger should sign one of the Bender twins after recent reports that the Gunners were linked with Borussia Dortmund teammate Ilkay Gundogan for as little as £16m. The former Liverpool player has said one of the Bender twins would be a better alternative to Gundagan to their more no nonsense style, adding the steel that Arsenal need. Sven’s brother Lars currently plies his trade for Bayer Leverkusen, though is slightly more attack-minded than his twin, in the shape of a box-to-box midfielder.
Should Wenger manage to sign Gundogan on the cheap in January and follow it up with a successful move for his Dortmund teammate, this would provide a very effective midfield screen for years to come, though might put the noses of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere out of shape.
Ambitious, though it would signal that Arsenal have arrived; however, a signing of this magnitude, if they could tempt him to the Emirates could also suggest that Barcelona are relinquishing their crown of one of the best teams in Europe.
Busquets, 26, has been vital to Barca’s success over the past few years, but new boss and ex-player Luis Enrique seems to have his own views on who should be in the team.
Undoubtedly one of the best players in Serie A and, although he is more attack-minded, the 27-year-old Slovakian midfielder needs a move to a big club if he is to further his career. The type of football that Arsenal play suits him to a tee and he is more direct than, perhaps Ozil; more in the form of Ramsey. He would command a fee of over £20m.
If Arsenal can table a bid for Luis Suarez, this Polish hitman shouldn’t be beyond their ambitions. Granted, he does play for a club that has won the Champions League in the last five years in Bayern Munich, though try asking the 26-year-old if he wants to play in a team where Sanchez, Ozil and Santi Cazorla are laying chances on for you and see what his answer would be.
Anything over £40m would be the fee and the north London club might not be successful, nevertheless it signals their ambition and the Premier League is still an attractive league. Wenger has admitted that he tried to sign Lewandowski, though Bayern had beaten them to it but, if the striker fancies a change of scenery, he could do worse than sign for the Gunners.
He has been linked to Manchester United recently in a sensationalist rumour, though this isn’t the reason for the link. Marquinhos’ arrival at the Emirates would thrill fans and he is behind fellow compatriots Thiago Silva and David Luiz in the pecking order at PSG. Again, any fee would exceed £30m, though at just 20, would represent the future of the Arsenal defence.