Arsene Wenger may have broken with tradition signing Mesut Ozil for well over £40 million but he’s still one of the best when it comes to spotting a good deal, ensuring great value for his club.
The Daily Mirror has triggered several rumours suggesting the Gunners are laying the groundwork to talk to Martin Montoya, one of the current crop of youngsters at Barcelona, with the potential of signing him for nothing at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old defender is staring at a season of uncertainty where it could be very easy for him to turn down the prospect of a new long-term contract in Spain for the simple reason that he’s not going to get a great deal of first team football.
He’ll see that as a sure fire negative because it could damage his chances of becoming a better and more versatile defender, also increasing the likelihood he’ll be overlooked by Vicente del Bosque for Spain.
Bacary Sagna remains a very important component of Arsenal’s back four and even if he signs a new deal with the Gunners beyond next summer, Wenger is going to have to start looking at options.
Carl Jenkinson is currently the back up option to Sagna at right back and if Arsenal could tie Montoya down to a long term deal, it would mean that position is covered for the club over the immediate future.
Arsenal are also very fortunate that they are already well represented at Barcelona in the form of Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas. Neither player left North London on bad terms and both players seem to have retained a very healthy and admirable respect for the club and Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal can use that to their advantage because it’s likely they will need an edge somewhere if several clubs take a look at Montoya at the end of the season.
Song and Fabregas both played for Arsenal at very young ages, which means the Gunners can use them to convince Montoya that North London is the right place to be as they are both good examples that you can be a success as a young man in Arsenal colours.
Arsenal can also stress that excitement factor which is currently connected to the current club situation.
While Wenger will retain that eye for a good deal, he’s proven that he’s now prepared to sign big name superstar players and with every arrival of that magnitude, Arsenal’s chances of success are going to increase.
For a young man looking to progress in the game and improve as he heads towards his mid-20s that’s something that Montoya should definitely want to be a part of.
It’s clear what Barcelona see in him as he continues to fight on the fringes of their side and the Spanish national team but they can’t control a potential lack of patience and Arsenal are doing themselves no harm trying to get into the best position to pick up the pieces.
Can the Gunners encourage Montoya to join them? Do you think he’ll stay in Spain?
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