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Arsenal Transfer News: Wenger To Open Talks For £14.6m Spanish Striker?

By on October 18, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Arsenal are linked with a Spanish striker.

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Arsenal have made Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez their number one January transfer target, according to a report by Goal.com.

The Gunners are planning to start negotiations with Atletico soon with the hope of striking a deal that will see them sign the 24-year-old as soon as the transfer window re-opens in January.

Boss Arsene Wenger tried to land the Spanish international in the summer but has stepped up his interest in recent weeks and is encouraged by the fact the player has a £14.6m release clause in his contract.

Goal.com claim that Wenger has identified a striker as his priority in January due to the fact he’ll lose Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations for up to six weeks and will have Olivier Giroud as his only out-and-out striker.

Lukas Podolski is capable of playing through the middle but has been used predominantly on the left wing since joining in the summer.

Wenger is also keeping tabs on Atheltic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente but Adrian is considered his first choice after receiving positive reports on the striker from his scouting team. An apparent ‘source’ told Goal.com:

“Adrian fits the bill for Arsenal,”

“There is interest in Llorente but he is too similar to Giroud. Wenger wants a striker who is more pacy and can run in behind.

“They feel they can get Adrian for a reasonable price because of the buy-out clause. Wenger wants the deal done at the beginning of January.”

Adrian is an out-and-out striker but is also capable of playing anywhere across the front three. He scored 18 goals last season as his strikes helped Madrid lift the Europa League. He also won the Golden Boot at the 2011 Under-21 European Championships after his 5 goals helped Spain take the trophy.

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However, he has fallen out of favour this season after failing to sign a new contract and has so far only started two league games this term, and Arsene Wenger appears to be willing to offer him a way out this winter.

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40 Comments

  1. gbenu john

    October 21, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I want lopez @ arsenal,so that the work we done.

  2. tottspur

    October 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    what you waiting for AVB go get him for Spurs, be a good replacement for Ade when he goes to ANC,COYS

  3. Emmanuel Banjo

    October 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    RMD,Should pls pay for either falcao or cavani to support Torres in d front,OR blue can go for Lopez,if Wenger refused to go for him.bcos is a good strike.up blue.

  4. Hm dippa cham

    October 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    In wenger i trust he will bring him to emirate arsenal 4 lyfe

  5. charles iwuji

    October 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Wenger is a noise maker, he always identifies good players for other club to buy. It was him that discover mata,harzad. Now he has discover lopez, let him keep his mouth short and do business before talking. Up gunners.

  6. Adekunle

    November 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Pls wenger, bring adrian lopes to emirate. Up gunnas

  7. ABDUL

    November 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    all i want to see at arsenal comes January are good players who turn our season around.

  8. Amosu

    November 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Arsene wenger, do d buying & leave d talking or proposing.

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