Arsene Wenger’s reported search for a holding midfielder has produced another name this morning; Romulo of Spartak Moscow.
The 24-year-old is the latest in a very long line of players to be linked with the responsibility of protecting the Arsenal defence, with the Express claiming Wenger believes a very particular deal will get the business done.
“The Arsenal chief believes a bid of £9.5m will be enough to secure Romulo's services, with Spartak also looking to take Sanogo on a temporary deal for a year,” reports the paper.
The fee Arsenal wouldn’t have any problem with paying but the interest in Sanogo on a one-year loan is difficult to understand.
Firstly, he’s a player in a completely different position who certainly wouldn’t be able to provide cover in the Spartak squad where Romulo plays.
Had the player linked with going the other way been a holding midfielder, the idea of an Arsenal player being included in the same deal would be more believable.
Secondly, Wenger is a big fan of Sanogo and while he may not have featured as much this season as he would have liked, the boss has trusted his striker in some big game situations in the past such as against Bayern Munich last season.
That’s clear evidence that Wenger believes Sanogo can be a strong player alongside Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud in the Arsenal attack.
Arsenal could use a defensive midfielder to sit and protect their back four while creating a presence in the middle of the team, which makes it difficult for the opposition to play.
However, it’s difficult to gauge how Wenger will approach the market this winter, when different holding players are being linked with the club on an almost daily basis.