It seems like Denilson has been on loan with Sao Paulo for around an eternity but at last, they seem ready to make that deal a permanent one with a swift summer transfer window deal.
However, it would be very naïve of Arsenal to let that deal happen without exploring a way to improve their own squad in the process and that is definitely something that Osvaldo could provide.
He is a very prolific striker at Sao Paulo with an impressive record this season of eight goals and five assists in 18 matches, which certainly puts him on a par with Arsenal’s current strikers in terms of the numbers.
There are plenty of indications that Lukas Podolski could be leaving the club this summer, as he continues to fail being given a chance to lead the Arsenal attack in a central attacking role.
Galatasaray seem interested in the German international and if that’s a deal which the Gunners allow to happen, then it means they have a hole to fill in their attack which Osvaldo could easily fill.
Arsenal are very fortunate in the respect that Denilson still has a year left to run on his current deal, which gives them some bargaining power when it comes to Sao Paulo trying to tie him down on a long term contract.
Arsenal’s necessity for him is also questionable because although they have only loaned him out to the Brazilian giants, since 2011, they don’t seem to need him in their midfield at the moment and he’d more than likely struggle to get a starting place.
Osvaldo has plenty that he can bring to the table for Arsenal. He’s Brazilian so he’s already used to that pass and move style of football which Arsenal use when they’re at their very best.
He’s a proven striker and can hit the back of the net in a variety of different situations when he’s under pressure.
Arsenal are crying out for someone with a bit of talent and flair to lead their attack and score a prolific ratio of goals to games, which has the ability to keep them at the top of the English game.
The fact they will more than likely have to offer cash as well as Denilson isn’t a factor because Arsenal have well over £100 million available via a cash reserve, according to their most recent set of financial figures.
It would be naïve of them to ignore this sort of deal and Arsene Wenger is not a naïve manager. If he manages to pull this off, then it could turn out to be one of his best ever pieces of business.
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