Reports : Arsenal Set To Move For £26 Million Serie A Striker


Arsene Wenger looks set to shift his interest for a striker once again as his move for Luis Suarez looks to weaken down. The Frenchman has seen two bids rejected for the Uruguayan with Liverpool adamant they will not sell for lower than £55 million.

Wenger’s primary target at the start of the season was Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain but the Gunners bulked at Madrid’s raised asking price of £34 million before Napoli swooped in to sign him last week.

Liverpool’s stubbornness not to sell has made Wenger think again in his pursuit of summer recruitment and has eyed up Erik Lamela as his next possible star. The Roma forward is hot property and at only 21 years old, is one of Europe’s most sought after youngsters. Arsenal are thought to be readying a bid for the attacker worth a club record £26 million.

Gervinho’s move to Roma could help open the negotiations between the two clubs as Wenger looks to lure the talented Argentine to the Emirates. With Roma failing to land a European spot for the upcoming season, Arsenal’s offer of Champions League football could be too great to turn down while an impressive bid from the Gunners could be too hard to refuse for Roma.

Lamela can play on the wing or as a central striker, which would make him a valuable asset to the Gunners as he could play anywhere in their favoured three-man attack. Arsenal’s main rivals in their pursuit are North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur. Although the White Hart Lane outfit cannot offer the chance of Champions League football, the expected sale of Gareth Bale would generate a lot of money for the club, money they can offer to bring in top players.

Contract talks are already underway within Arsenal with a five-year contract rumoured to be worth £110,000-a-week set to be offered, should Roma accept a fee. Wenger’s current exploits in the transfer window have put the boss under pressure to bing in a marquee signing having lost out on Higuain and with hope fading on Suarez, he hopes Lamela will be the man to lead his side to glory once again next season.

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  1. For me i believe Arsenal needs a big squad as to compete in trophy lifting!! Wenger needs to count the injuries Arsenal faces and detroits it in the competitions. Sign in players that can be true replacements of any injured player will save Arsenal alot

  2. Wenger and Arsenal board should stop deceiving the fans, and the entire world. After the chief executive came out and told the entire world, that seventy million pounds was given to wenger for signing player to beef up the squad. Remember, Wenger was the first Manager entered transfer market, but up till now, Wenger is still pricing the whole players in Europe. No amount has been spend so far from the seventy million pounds, rather a lot of players has been sold out, but no replacement. This is totally uncomfortable and lack of respect for the fans. Knowing that the fans are also share holders of this club.

  3. I have lost hope with Arsene. He should be relieved from the team manager’s post and Arsenal FC to employ a new manager. From day one he talks of signing big names like Rooney, Higuain, Suarez etc..but nothing is happening and now he talks of signing an unknown player for £26mil. To me this is gonna be another desperate buy. Looks like this season it’s going to be another trophy less season like wise in the past seven or eight years .

  4. I am quite confident that Wenger knows what he’s doing. With Liverpool in a dire situation at present and then increasing the selling price for Suarez to 55mil. Should Suarez stay with Pool I doubt he will perform very well as he was looking for ways to get away from Liverpool, so his heart wont be there.
    Wenger should secure Erik Lamela from Roma and at 26mil he will be a great buy. Although he may be the only one on the books now the possibility of Henry joining us again at the beginning of the new season, should increase morale and confidence in the squad. Then there is some great upcoming talent like Miyaichi the young Japanese striker as well as the 17 year old Serge should leave Wenger with a hand full of trump cards…lets see his next move

  5. Wenger and the people posting the fairy tales are lying to the world. they want us to think something is coming forth when in actual fact there is nothing happening. these children posing as players cannot win anything. look back in the last eight years, and consider the squads arsenal had. child labour is the right description.

    get rid of the French economist at Emirates sooner than he needs to realise. save arsenal from mockery.

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