German newspaper Bild is reporting today that Arsenal are interested in signing Mainz striker Adam Szalai.
Many of you may not have heard of Szalai or know much about him, but he’s fairly highly-rated in the Bundesliga, where he has scored 11 goals so far this season, and he’s also attracted interest from the likes of Wolfsburg and champions Borussia Dortmund.
With Marouane Chamakh finally out the door, Arsene Wenger is understood to be looking to sign a striker this month and has identified the 25-year-old Hungarian as a potential recruit according to the reports emanating from Germany.
The player was asked about the reported interest from the Gunners and he apparently smiled and simply replied:
“I know nothing.”
Mainz manager Christian Heidel has also had his say on the rumours, insisting there has been no interest:
”There is definitely no interest. For no amount of money would we sell him now.”
However, he later added:
“…but if someone came to us with €20m (£16m)…”
So he’s clearly playing games here and i’m sure they’d sell him for a lot less than that. Szalai used to be on the books at Real Madrid but never progressed past the B team and he’s only really hit form in recent months after a career of relative mediocrity. While he may be talented he’s certainly not top drawer yet, and I think Arsenal are at a stage where we need to be buying proven quality.
He’s also more of a target man, standing at 6 ft 4 inch’s, so is likely to be of a similar mold to Olivier Giroud. Arsene Wenger recently admitted he was in for Demba Ba but didn’t sign him because he went for Giroud instead, so I don’t see why the boss will now bring in another big man up front.
It’s my understanding that Arsene is looking for a quick, versatile forward. Hence the links with David Villa and Adrian Lopez, so I really don’t see there is anything in this rumour. I’d only give it a 1/5.