Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is interested in signing Schalke’s starlet Lewis Holtby whose contract is set to expire in the summer, while Athletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez may be Arsenal’s first winter signing with reports heating up – something which may be worth a punt on your mobile at http://www.oddswinner.com/mobile-sports-betting/ .
Schalke managed to tie down Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to a new deal recently however they have failed to repeat the feat (as reported last month) with their young star Holtby, and the German international is now confirmed as on Wenger’s watch list.
The 22-year-old midfielder has attracted plenty of interest from around the continent and he will be available for a cut price this winter or free in the summer, however Wenger failed to elaborate on the interest in Holtby – playing his cards close to his chest as usual.
Wenger told reporters:
We have looked at [Holtby], yes.
People want to see the next Lionel Messi – they don’t want to see a promising guy. The name of the player gives people hope, but when they haven’t heard of them people are already sceptical.
The Frenchman has also admitted that his homeland is not producing the talent that it used to a number of years ago with Spain and Germany churning out the most talented young stars, he continued:
It’s much more difficult for us now. The competition is higher. We are trying to diversify a bit more because we are limited in England. A new market that is very interesting is Japan – it’s very competitive.
The country where we were really competitive in the past was France, but they produce less top players than they did, say, 15 years ago.
The emerging countries look to be Germany and Spain – they have taken over from France and they have many good, young players.
Wenger also went to on to discuss Demba Ba, stating he chose Olivier Giroud over the Newcastle frontman in the summer due to his precarious knee injury and the similarity between the two strikers styles, which is perhaps a decent hint that Ba will not be bought this winter.
However Adrian Lopez may be first up on the ‘transfer in’ list with widespread reports intensifying, linking the striker to the Gunners.
The 24-year-old reportedly has a £14m release clause which is well within Wenger’s price range and the talented forward offers a different approach to Olivier Giroud up front as he is a trickier player, someone that likes to run with the ball and he is able to play as a supporting striker.
If the Gunners can indeed bring in Lopez then the attacking lineup will have plenty of depth and ability, what are your thoughts on the rumours? Would you welcome both Holtby and Lopez with open arms or do you think Wenger should be looking elsewhere? Feel free to comment below..
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