Arsenal beat Tottenham to the signing of World Cup winner

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Croatian international Lovre Kalinic is said to be the radar of Crystal Palace, with Arsenal and Tottenham also keen.

Reports in Italy have suggested that the Gent player could be on his way to the Premier League in the near future.

Kalinic, who was in action against England at Wembley in their dramatic UEFA Nations League victory, is under contract with the Belgian side until 2021, but they could be given the chance to cash in on the player with Premier League interest rising.

The player has long been linked with a move to England, having come close to joining Aston Villa back in 2016.

Fellow Premier League side Watford are also said to be tabs on the Kalinic’s situation.

Palace’s links to the goalkeeper may come as a surprise to some, having only signed Vicente Guaita from Getafe over the summer.

However, the Spaniard has failed to dislodge Wayne Hennessey in between the sticks at Selhurst Park.

The links to Arsenal is also quite surprising especially as we have Bernd Leno and Petr Cech currently at the club as well as Ospina who is currently on loan in Italy with Napoli as well as Darmian Martinez who is currently the club’s third choice goalkeeper.

And this is aside the young goalkeepers such as Deyan Iliev, Matt Macey and the highly rated under 18 goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo.

Arsenal absolutely have no need for someone like Kalinic unless if Cech is leaving in the summer and Ospina is getting sold. And even if that’s the case, Martinez is reportedly highly rated at the club and will likely be promoted to be second choice behind Leno who appears to have emerged the first choice for the club.

Rather than spending money on another goalkeeper, especially one who is already 28 and ready to play regular first team football, I believe Arsenal will instead spend more on signing in other areas such as a winger and a strong and maybe versatile centre back.

I have never seen Kalinic play and I have nothing against him but to be honest, if he is that good, other big clubs will be after him. Arsenal simply do not need him and will likely spend their money elsewhere.

 

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