Arsenal Plan Move For Atletico Madrid Ace As Wenger Eyes Two Signings Before WC

By on May 23, 2014

As we approach the opening of the summer window clubs will be intensifying their efforts in the transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news of Arsenal’s interest in an Atletico Madrid ace.

Arsenal are weighing-up a move for Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran as boss Arsene Wenger looks to tie up two deals before the World Cup kicks off in mid-June, according to reports today.

A new right-back has become a priority with widespread reports claiming that Bacary Sagna has rejected our final contract extension offer and will join Manchester City after supposedly agreeing terms over a three-year deal worth in excess of £100,000-a-week earlier this week.

Toulouse’s Serge Aurier has been touted as Wenger’s main target in recent weeks with the 21-year-old coming off the back of a hugely impressive campaign in France which saw him score six and provide six assists to be named in the Ligue 1 team of the season.

Speculation in the newspapers suggested earlier this week that Arsenal have a €9m deal in the pipeline to sign the Ivory Coast international as soon as Sagna’s exit to City was officially confirmed.

However, Goal are claiming that the boss is now contemplating going for experience over youth and has identified Atletico Madrid’s hugely impressive right-back Juanfran as a possible alternative to the much younger Aurier.

The 29-year-old was a key player in helping Atletico land the La Liga title, as he played more outfield games than any other player, and he will look to secure an historic double when they meet city rivals Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League on Saturday night.

It remains to be seen whether Atletico would even contemplate selling one of they star players or if they did, what kind of fee it would take, but Arsenal would certainly be getting their hands on one of Europe’s best right-backs if they could somehow pull it off.

However, a deal for Aurier would be much easier and cheaper to do, and the player would have a significantly higher potential sell-on value given he’s 8 years younger that Juanfran, so for this reason I can see the boss opting for the Ivorian over the Spanish international.

Goal claim that Wenger wants two deals in place before the World Cup kicks off in mid-June, but is prepared to wait for the transfers to be officially announced after the tournament.

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A new right-back is almost certainly going to be one of the deals Wenger wants tied up, while the other could be either a striker or defensive midfielder, as we’re expected to strengthen both areas of the squad this summer.

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