As the season goes on, the rumours that link Arsenal with a £10+ million move for Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez seem stranger and stranger. Even in January, when there was speculation that a move was imminent Lopez simply did not seem good enough to merit a move to Arsenal even at half that price.
However the rumours persist, with Atletico Madrid apparently ready to cash in on any interest in Adrian by letting him leave early in the transfer window. With Diego Costa on fire for them at the moment, and the 25 year old Lopez’s four goals in 34 appearances unlikely to be difficult to replace, they hope to move him on in order to finance a move for Wolfsburg’s Diego.
The 28 year old midfielder has perhaps never quite fulfilled his early promise, but is still an excellent player who has been capped by Brazil 33 times. This season he has been the key man for Wolfsburg even as they have struggled in the Bundesliga, with six league goals and five league assists to his name.
If Atletico could sell Adrian to Arsenal and sign Diego for a similar fee then Arsenal fans would have every right to questions their club’s transfer policy. Adrian brings more flexibility to the table than the Brazilian, but would not improve on the several players that Arsenal already have who can cover the flanks of their attack, and there is every chance he would simply end up another piece of deadwood in their squad.
Diego would also face plenty of competition in his position at the Emirates, but brings a lot more to the table than Adrian, and could operate either alongside Santi Cazorla in the attack, or rotate with the Spaniard to ensure Arsenal have more depth to their squad.
Having spent a season on loan at Atletico Diego might well prefer to move there over Arsenal; but the London side should at least have a look at the player if they really are considering bidding for Adrian. Signing the Atletico forward would most likely be a mistake in of itself, but if Atletico Madrid then use that money to buy Diego, Arsenal could end up looking a little foolish by the end of the summer.
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