Plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds in the media and newspapers today Gooners, so we’ll go through a few with you and separate the worthwhile reports from the rubbish.
£20m Jovetic move?
First up and reports coming from Italy claim Arsenal are lining up a move for Fiorentina striker Steven Jovetic with Arsene Wenger understood to be prepared to tempt the Italian outfit with a £20m offer. The Montenegro international hitman is said to be ‘prime target’ for the boss as he looks to add a star striker to his ranks before the window closes at the end of the month.
While I’d love these reports to be accurate, I really can’t see it. Jovetic would be a great addition but firstly I don’t see Fiorentina letting him go half way through the season and secondly, would Wenger really splash this kind of money? I wouldn’t be rushing out and getting ‘Jovetic’ on the back of my Arsenal shirt just yet.
Wenger to trigger Diame clause?
Next up and a more realistic report from Goal.com that claims Arsene Wenger will take a close look at West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame when the Hammers visit the Emirates on Wednesday night before finally triggering his £3.5m release clause.
We’ve been strongly linked with a move for the powerful midfielder in recent weeks and it seems if Diame impresses tomorrow evening Arsene will slap a £3.5m offer on the table which will be enough to trigger his buy-out clause. The boss admitted in his press conference this morning that he was a fan of the 24-year-old’s, saying:
‘He [Diame] has a great presence,’ Wenger said. ‘I’ve seen him in games where he’s had a big impact, for example against Chelsea where he came on.’
I think of all the rumours, this has the best chance of happening. We desperately need a midfield enforcer and at £3.5m, Diame would be a bargain, which is just up Arsene’s street. It’s one we should probably have tied up already, but I’ll take it as long as it’s done before the window closes!
Bid in for Thauvin?
The last rumour for today comes from the Daily Express who report that we’ve tabled a £4m offer for French youngster Florian Thauvin. I must admit I know little about this player but he’s said to be a 19-year-old attacking midfielder who currently plays for Bastia.
The manager is understood to have watched the youngster several times and has now decided to submit an official bid, but the French outfit want him to stay with them until the end of the season.
The news hasn’t really hit the headlines so I’m not sure if it has legs, but i’m not going to get overly excited even if we do end up signing Thauvin anyway. We need some proven, top quality players, not more youngsters with potential.
Who would you like to see Arsene sign in the next 8 days? Leave your suggestions in the comments section and don’t forget to rate the rumours!