Ricky Alvarez Deal – Inter Set To Steal Arsenal Target

By on June 27, 2011

Inter Milan have challenged Arsenal’s bid for Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, soon after Roma pulled out of the race for the 23 year-old’s signature.

SkySports say that Inter Milan, the Italian giants, have placed a bid of €12 million (£10.6 million) to challenge Arsenal’s bid, which is thought to be around €10 million (£8.9 million). Arsenal were previously thought to be favourites to sign Alvarez, but Inter will have moved ahead in the race, with their bid closer to Vélez Sársfields €15 million asking price.


The news comes after Roma confirmed they had pulled out of a deal to sign the attacking midfielder, with whom they had arranged a pre-contract agreement. The Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini revealed that they were involved in a pre-contract agreement with Alvarez, but the asking price is “a bit much” considering his lack of first team experience at the top level. He confirmed:

“It’s true we had a pre-contract agreement, but €15 million for Alvarez is a bit much. I believe a player should be paid what he is worth.

“Alvarez was born in 1988 and has room for improvement, but it’s also fair to say he hasn’t played very much in the first team.”

The players agent meanwhile, Marcello Simonian, was giving nothing away as to the whereabouts of Alvarez’s future, but gave only a large hint that the player is indeed destined for a European move:

“I can only say that the footballer is prepared to play at a big European club.”

He scored 4 goals in 36 appearances last season, but it his versatility that has attracted Arsenal’s eye. Apparently he can play in any position in the midfield, and although not an immediate starter would add depth to the Arsenal.

With rumours continuing to spread relating to the future of two of Arsenal’s main mid-fielders in Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, it may be understandable that Arsenal would be looking for possible replacements. However, the fact that Arsenal were linked to a move for Alvarez before speculation begun about the future of Nasri suggests that Alvarez interests Wenger as a future regular rather than immediate starter.

Arsenal shouldn’t have to fight to hard with Velez Sarsfield to persuade them to let go of their player, with the president Fernando Raffaini saying he was ready to sell Ricardo Alvarez for “financial peace of mind” whilst stating the future of Alvarez would be down to the players own decision. Though Wenger will be wary not to involve himself in a bidding war with Inter, because we all know that is something Wenger would love to avoid.

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  1. sebs

    June 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    it is nice to hear such ambiguious links but am sure any 1 of them will
    b concluded


    June 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I am sure Alvarez will head to Inter Milan,fistly because it’s a bigger club,secondly players prefer teams not even playing in the Champions league over Arsenal.The general thinking is that it’s more likely that Arsernal may go out of the top four with Tottenham, Liverpool,Newcastle looking to pounce and acting serious about it.What with Stoke and other teams getting bolder and believing they can get results against Arsenal,even at the once famed fotress of the Emirates

    • keyof8

      June 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      “players prefer teams not even playing in the Champions league over Arsenal.” Can you provide any evidence to your claims? “What with Stoke and other teams getting bolder and believing they can get results against Arsenal..” Sure.. and the other big teams NEVER falter against lower clubs. I suggest you check last season’s match summary.

  3. felix ochieng

    June 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    patrick ur a fool

  4. Bouldy

    June 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Arsenal getting out of the Top has been an annual mantra but Arsenal always stays in it despite spending less.

    Liverpool has been out of the Top four twice for the past six years and they always overspend Arsenal. Spurs? They will spend tons as always but can’t sustain any Top 4 challenge.

  5. Dan

    June 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Patrick, you made me chuckle with your comment. You’re desperately trying to knock Arsenal, but you end up saying some ludicrous things, like Newcastle being a potential top 4 team. Excuse me? Didn’t they sell their star player when they didn’t have to, and aren’t they offloading their midfield to slash the wage bill?

    The simple truth is this: look at the league standings every year from 1998 onwards. Players would prefer to go somewhere they aren’t guaranteed Champions League football, versus somewhere (Arsenal) where they pretty much are? Ha!

    As for the ‘bigger club’ comment, it simply highlights your almost simian command of the complexities of human behaviour: what of culture, climate, finance? At the point when Ronaldinho had to choose between Man Utd and Barcelona, which was the bigger club? Man Utd. Where did he go? Barca. I could continue, but to get you to understand would require writing everything in monosyllabic phrases, and even then you’d bury your head in the sands. So I’ll just say thank you, you imbecile, you’ve made me realise the world is full of lemmings with delusions of grandeur.

  6. Luke

    June 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Alvarez said recently “I’d love to play for the Arsenal. It’s a dream for me. I wish to God it can be realised.” I wouldn’t hold it against him if he went to Inter, it’s still a great club but Inter degraded a lot last season, when they just about beat Bayern and lost to Schalke, maybe they did relatively in Italy but it wasn’t a great season. As for Arsenal, they are losing Cesc but I doubt they will lose Nasri too. If he worked hard enough he would be a regular starter. I just see that there are more opportunities for him to shine to the world of football at Arsenal. Anyway, I could swear that Arsenal had already reached on a deal for him as I read it on Goal.com http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/06/24/2546122/ricardo-alvarez-has-already-signed-for-arsenal-palermo-president-

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