There were already a number of clubs around Europe gearing up for a January transfer bid, but now Arsenal have joined the fray, we should be able to beat them to the signature of Maxi Pereira in the January transfer window. And it looks like he definitely will be available after his current club Benfica realised this is their last chance to recoup some money before he leaves on a free transfer in the summer.
The Costa Rica star Joel Campbell was mightily impressive while out on loan at Olympiakos last season and even more so at the World Cup in Brazil where he helped his country to progress out of the Group Stages at England’s expense, but now, according to a report in the Mirror, he has had enough of waiting to get chance in the Arsenal first team.
The report states: “Joel Campbell is ready to leave Arsenal in January after getting fed-up at a lack of first team chances.
I have got a feeling that Arsene Wenger may just decide to abandon this particular Arsenal transfer target. Although the Frenchman has started to spend a lot more money in recent transfer windows, I don’t think he is quite ready to join the ranks of clubs like Man City, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid just yet.
And that is the sort of spending power it would need to sign the teenage sensation Goncalo Guedes from the Portuguese club Benfica. The 17-year old may be highly rated by his club but has only just made his first team debut, so the Talksport report revealing that his new contract is set to have a nmassive £65 million release clause is surely intended to ensure that the youngster is going nowhere.
The Emirates Cup seemed to be only trophy that Arsenal could win in nine years of suffering, but now we have got that monkey off our backs with our FA Cup win, we would still want to start the season with a bang.
It certainly will not be so easy to win as in some previous years, with the much improved Benfica as our opponents on the opening day, Saturday August 2nd, and the newly rich Monaco to face us on the following day.
There are stories in the media about Arsenal having made enquiries to Benfica about the Paraguayan international defender Lorenzo Antonio Melgarejo Sanabria. I will call him Melgarejo for the rest of this article, but what concerns me more than the length of his name is that he is the second left back that has been linked with a possible summer transfer to Arsenal in the last week.
We heard about a possible move for Alaba from Bayern Munich and now this 22-year old from Benfica, Surely, with Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vermaelen as emergency cover, left back is one of our strongest positions. Is there a problem that we don’t know about?
Robert Mirosavic is not exactly a household name but he is only 17-years old. He is captain of Sweden’s under-17 team and has scored 4 goals from midfield in his 14 games for them. Helsingborg have let the young winger go to Benfica after a number of teams including Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland took him on trial.
Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini were impressed with what they saw but both have lost the chance to sign Mirosavic permanently. Arsenal and City offered the player the opportunity to train with the respective squads, but that was not enough according to Talksport.