The transfer window is now officially open, and there is a sense that Europe is on the brink of a record-breaking summer with plenty of top class players apparently on the market and new managers at some of the biggest clubs keen to make their mark on their clubs.
One move could well spark a chain of high profile transfers, and if Mario Gomez completes a rumoured £15million switch to Fiorentina, then Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in particular might benefit in their own hunt for a new striker.
Tottenham have apparently made David Villa their next priority this summer after landing Paulinho, and their main competition for the Spain international was likely to be Fiorentina after Arsenal themselves seemingly deciding against a move for the Barcelona player.
Clearly if Fiorentina splash out on the Bayern Munich payer, they are less likely to also move for Villa, and Spurs might find their path clear to the 31-year-old in the next couple of weeks.
For Arsenal, they will be hoping that Gomez’ arrival in Florence will increase the chances that Fiorentina will let Stevan Jovetic leave. The Gunners are reportedly close to signing Gonzalo Higuain, but could also follow up their interest in the Montegrin as they try to overhaul their squad with view to a title challenge next season.
So far they have baulked at Fiorentina’s £25million asking price, but that could come down if the Serie A side sign Gomez for £15million. Juventus are surely no longer in the race for Jovetic having signed Carlos Tevez, meaning Arsenal might have a far stronger negotiating position if they rekindle a move for the 23-year-old.
Arsenal and Spurs themselves might have been wise to consider a move for Gomez, especially if he moves to Fiorentina, who have no Champions League football next season, but few fans will be complaining if the German’s switch helps Jovetic and Villa move to North East London this summer.
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