Dubious reports courtesy of The Star yesterday linked Arsenal with a stunning £30 million move for Eduardo Salvio.
The Benfica winger had just a week before been touted as a target for Manchester City and Tottenham, making us wonder whether he is simply being offered around Europe by the Portuguese club in an attempt to cash in.
Benfica have so far fallen flat in attempts to sell any of their big stars this summer, with interest in Nicolas Gaitan and Nemanja Matic failing to materialise, so there is the very real possibility they are simply trying to raise money via the 23-year-old winger.
Salvio is an Argentine international of five caps, who scored 13 goals and registered 10 assists over the course of the 2012/13 season.
The prospects of Arsenal meeting his £30 million price tag look unlikely, for there is a lack of any sort of substantial information in the report, and whether the Gunners are willing to sign that amount of money on a winger is questionable, especially one who is costlier than Atletico Mineiro's Bernard.
But there is one piece of information which gives an ever so slight possibility there could be a slight inkling of hope there could be something to the deal.
Salvio belongs to the Mondial Sport Management and Consulting agency, which has three Arsenal representatives on it's books, as well as Edinson Cavani.
Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo are each with agents under their wing, with the Gunners signing all three of them over the past consecutive three seasons.
Whether a deal actually progresses, as stated, we doubt it, but if it does then Arsenal's successful recent dealings with the middle-men cannot hurt their cause.
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