Overpriced Arsenal striker target available at €18 million - Still too much?

Atletico Madrid

Earlier in 2013 Arsenal were in for Adrian Lopez of Atletico Madrid. What of him now?

Spain's 2011 European Championship under-21 winning side featured several stellar names, now renowned as superstars.

Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Juan Mata, and David de Gea were key players in the side, which was led in attack by Adrian Lopez.

The striker was bought that same summer by Atletico Madrid, picked up on a free transfer from Deportivo La Coruna after his contract expired.

He had an excellent debut season for the club, netting 19 times in all competitions, including eight goals in the Europa League as Atletico won the trophy.

This sort of goal return saw him linked with a big-money move, and in January and the months preceding, it was Arsenal who were chasing him.

Lopez in the meantime had been playing much of his football as a right-winger, with Falcao leading the line up front, he had to adapt much as Danny Welbeck has been forced to do so to get gametime alongside Robin van Persie at Manchester United.

Just like Welbeck, this meant Lopez' goal return suffered. In 2012/13 he scored just four goals in 46 appearances.

Arsenal were linked with his signature in January, but were said to have bid just £10 million while Atletico wanted in excess of £15 million.

With Lopez enduring a poor season, the Gunners quite rightly did not want to raise the stakes, and walked away from the bidding.

Lopez remains at Atletico, but was left on the bench for their season opener, in favour if two-goal matchwinner Diego Costa.

A parting of the ways looks possible, with reports in Italy today claiming Lopez has been offered to Roma for €18 million; or £15 million in British sterling.

Roma, who have just sold Pablo Osvaldo to Southampton, are interested, but want Atletico to drop their price, describing it as 'excessive.'

The negotiations may catch the attentions of Arsenal, who could monitor whether Roma manage to get Atletico to lower their demands.

While Lopez had a poor 2013/14, at the age of 25 he has already shown himself capable of delivering a solid goal return, and with Arsenal needing numbers and light on options, a forward who is available should not necessarily be passed over easily.

Should Arsenal take a gamble and reconsider their interest? Or is Lopez simply not right for the Gunners?

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