In a report published by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is looking to sell Arsenal-linked stars Angel Di Maria, Sami Khedira and Alvaro Morata for a combined €100m.
It is said that the club wish to repeat the sales of Ozil, Higuain and Callejon from last season as they bid to clear out the unwanted stars and bring in new players, with Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez being heavily linked with moves to the Santiago Bernabeu.
All three have been linked with moves to the Gunners, and if they were able to capture all three it would be a deal which could send shockwaves through Europe and one which would give their squad a massive leap in quality.
Angel Di Maria:
The Argentine international is said to have already asked to leave Real Madrid as he doesn’t feel valued at the club.
The 26-year-old offers pace in abundance, genuine quality wing-play and his unprecedented 17 La Liga assists recorded last season shows his willingness to be a team player.
He would be ideal for Arsenal, and perhaps for Arsene Wenger as close as he will get to a player with the dribbling skills and frightening pace once displayed by a certain Robert Pires.
Florentino Perez has reportedly set a €50 million asking price on Di Maria’s head, a special price given to a special player.
The German international ultimately burned his bridges at Real Madrid for reportedly turning down a new contract offer last September, the same month he sustained a season-ending ACL injury in his right knee.
With his contract set to run out next summer, the 27-year-old’s status at the Santiago Bernabeu dropped from first-team regular to surplus to requirements, especially if Toni Kroos joins.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are in dire need of a new defensive midfielder as Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are on the wane whilst players like Jack Wilshire and Aaron Ramsey are more attack-minded players.
The Gunners already possess three full German internationals in Ozil, Podolski and Mertesacker, therefore persuading the player to join shouldn’t be too difficult should they match Real Madrid’s reported €20 million asking price.
Arguably the most complex player of the deal is Spanish U21 striker Alvaro Morata.
The Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window, though a reported loan deal never materialised.
After spending most of the time on the bench, both Morata and Real Madrid have agreed it is best for the player to leave this summer, yet the club don’t want to see another Juan Mata-type situation.
Florentino Perez reportedly hinted that he could leave for as little €15 million, though with a buy-back clause inserted into his contract.
Arsenal are in need of another striker to add competition to or support Olivier Giroud, though to buy the player out-right with no clause inserted, the La Liga outfit are reportedly looking for €30 million.
In summary, with Arsene Wenger yet to make a signing whilst Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have already concluded some big-money deals, it’s time for the Frenchman to step up.
The options are there and Real Madrid are willing to sell the trio for a combined €100 million. If Arsenal do not act, then they can bet somebody else will - do they risk that being one of their rivals?.