Arsenal manager will have fans tongues wagging at the prospect of another marquee name arriving…
'We are on alert in the market if something special turns up,' Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is quoted to have said, as per the Daily Mail, in a statement that will surely be circulated constantly throughout the next month.
Arsenal already added an extraordinary talent to their roster of players at the end of the summer transfer window, with the somewhat surprise acquisition of Mesut Ozil for a sum that still exceeded the combined sums paid for the second (Sylvain Wiltord - £13m), third (Andrei Arshavin - £12m) and fourth (Samir Nasri - £12m) record transfer purchases.
It would take an off-radar purchase for Wenger to recruit a second 'special' player in the space of six months.
Of all the players Arsenal have most been linked to… Alex Pato, Alvaro Morata, Lassana Diarra, not one of them represent special. Extremely talented, yes. But special - akin to Ozil - no.
Luis Suarez would certainly fit this criteria, but Wenger, in the same breath, ruled out a move for the Uruguayan due to his recent commitment to Liverpool: 'We won't approach for Suarez. He has signed a contract.'
Which players are seemingly off-radar, potentially available, who possess the attributes that would attract Wenger enough to part company with multiple millions?
Edinson Cavani has been sporadically linked with a Paris Saint Germain exit route despite only representing the Ligue 1 hopefuls for a half season, and would no doubt help shoulder the goal-scoring burden felt by Gunners forward Olivier Giroud. He would also cost an estimated £50m to £60m.
If Wenger decided Wojciech Szczesny would benefit from competition, then Iker Casillas would absolutely constitute a special transfer and recently refused to be anyone's number two option, providing admiring clubs hope they could agree personal terms with the experienced Spaniard.
While Antonio Sanabria may not yet be termed a special player, he could be dubbed a special talent and the youngster's future remains ambiguous.
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