Wenger looks to raid Barca for young talent in January
Despite saying that he was “90% certain” he wouldn’t add to his squad in January, Arsène Wenger is reportedly going to make a £17m move for Barcelona youngster Jose Arnaiz by triggering his release clause in January.
With Alexis Sanchez stalling on a new deal, and the Arsenal manager having found a dangerous striker in Lacazette, it seems like a move for a versatile forward is on the cards and that Wenger wants to do a deal before he loses his star man and clubs put up their prices in the summer when the Gunners look desperate. Arsenal will be hoping to be an even more attractive proposition in the summer by securing Champions League football, and if you check out bettingsitesnow.co.uk you’ll see the odds are in their favour, but on the off chance they end up back in the Europa League convincing top class players to join them will be difficult and that’s without factoring in the loss of revenue from missing out on the continent’s most elite competition again.
So, Jose Arnaiz is in the Arsenal manager’s sights thanks to his eye for goal and ability to play through the centre or cut in from wide. The 22-year-old only moved to Camp Nou from Valladolid in the summer but has scored four goals for Barcelona B and save for two appearances in the Copa del Rey against Real Murcia his performances have not been fully appreciated or rewarded with first team minutes. Wenger will be hoping to persuade the young Spaniard that he needs to move away from Catalonia to realise his dreams of regular first team football with a top side.
Spanish newspaper Marca report that Arsenal are trying to lure the striker to north London and are willing to meet his release clause of €20m (£17m). Barcelona have struggled to keep hold of a number of La Masia talents recently and Wenger is the most famous raider of the feted Barca academy having stolen away Fabregas, Merida and Hector Bellerin for nominal fees when they were still teenagers.
The Gunners hope that first team football in a top city for a team with a significant Spanish/Spanish speaking contingent will prove too attractive to turn down for Arnaiz. However, there is a small hitch and that is UEFA rules only allow a player to represent a maximum of three clubs in a season, with Barcelona and their B side counting as two different teams and Arnaiz having been registered for Valladolid this season they may not be able to complete the transfer and Barcelona will surely seek to tempt Arnaiz with a new contract with a higher release clause.
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