Recent comments of Gunners target attacking midfielder Diego hint to a three horse race. Is Arsene Wenger in pole position to make a move?
Transfer rumours about VfL Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Diego Ribas da Cunha, who is just called Diego, are making the rounds. And there are good reasons why:
Diego’s contract with his Bundesliga employer is about to expire next summer. Sure the 28-year-old, who once had a £23m price tag and hit his best form alongside Mesut Ozil with Werder Bremen, may not be the hot property he once was but remains immensely talented.
Besides his current team, which want to re-sign him, four other clubs weere recently linked to the Brazilian player: Arsenal, Southampton and his old teams Atletico Madrid and Santos.
The Premier League’s Southampton have left the race as Mauricio Pochettino stated to the local paper the Daily Echo last week:
“Of course we know of him, as we know of any other players. But that piece of news doesn’t make any sense, because Southampton is not interested in him. We have also seen this news in Spanish media, so I don’t really know where these rumours come from.”
Today another side had to leave. Atletico Madrid was rejected by Diego himself.
He said via Spanish sports daily Marca:
“I have no contact with Atletico. By no means I’ll go in the winter to Madrid. I have not talked to anyone from the club.”
At Wolfsburg the 28-year-old feels comfortable and underlines the important stage his side is in right now being ranked currently 5th in Bundesliga and continued to say: “We still do not know what will happen. It is a lot of speculation, but I do not know. Some speculations are true, others are not.”
So apparently it is a three horse race now. But who is leading?
As for right now more things are in favour of Arsenal:
Arsene Wenger side is playing Champions League and Diego would reunite with his old colleague Mesut Ozil from his Werder Bremen days. Besides playing in London might be more exciting then in Wolfsburg, at least in the German state of Lower Saxony the fifth largest city and famous because of Volkswagen headquarter.
He has been quick to dismiss the Atletico rumours, but not so towards Arsenal. Now it remains an assumption, but while it has not been ruled out, the prospect of the Brazilian pitching up at the Emirates next summer remains one to keep an eye on.
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