Reports suggest Arsenal have been handed a chance to sign Roma forward Mattia Destro for £15 million.
On the surface of things that represents a great deal for the Gunners as it would mean the club snapping up one of the best attacking talents in Serie A, while also getting one over on Chelsea, the other side to have been linked with him.
One of the first questions that comes to mind: what’s Arsene Wenger waiting for?
Wenger, historically shrewd when it comes to Arsenal’s transfer dealings, knows a good deal when he sees one but there’s a reason Arsenal won’t go after Destro and take this deal; they don’t need him.
Wenger has always maintained that he won’t sign players for the sake of doing so and will only bring in new arrivals if he feels they offer something to his squad, which he doesn’t already have.
Wenger already has a plethora of talented strikers, which cover all angles and styles in Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski.
Destro isn’t the superstar forward who could force Wenger’s hand and that list doesn’t even include Joel Campbell, who is chomping at the bit to get more playing time for the Gunners.
He isn’t someone of a Karim Benzema or Edinson Cavani type calibre who could change Wenger’s thinking in terms of how he traditionally behaves in a winter transfer window.
Wenger doesn’t often spend big money in the middle of a season and while £15 million looks like a decent price for Destro, it’s not cash Wenger will simply throw at the deal.
It’s a nice story but one which simply isn’t going to happen.