Is £10M Aerial Threat To Replace Bendtner Overpriced?
With Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner heading for the Emirates Stadium exit, Arsene Wenger is looking for some more firepower – could Real Madrid’s Joselu be a target?
Bendtner appears to be leaving Arsenal this summer after a loan spell with Sunderland for the duration of the 2011/12 season. It remains to be seen whether Sunderland will follow the loan up with a concrete bid and take the striker on a permanent deal, but his two goals for Denmark against Portugal at Euro 2012 will have shown potential suitors what he can do.
Despite a deal for Montpellier’s French international forward Olivier Giroud reportedly set for completion, Arsenal are today being linked with a move for Real Madrid ‘B’ striker Joselu, a Spanish Under 21 international himself.
At 6’3″, Joselu is an aerial threat that Arsenal could need. Marouane Chamakh was expected to be the man that added ‘something different’ to the Arsenal frontline, but he has failed to impress and could join Bendtner in leaving Arsenal this summer.
Whilst his displays have mostly been in the lower reaches of Spanish football, Joselu has established himself as a true goalscorer, banging in 40 goals in just 72 games for Real Madrid’s B side having been plucked from Celta Vigo in 2009. Now 22, Joselu must be considering that his future lies away from the Bernabeu having made just 1 appearance for the first team – though he did score.
The problem is that Real Madrid want a staggering £10m for Joselu, which may scare clubs off. He’s expected to remain in the ‘B’ team in 2012 so I’m not quite sure whether a team like Arsenal would be willing to part with so much money for someone so inexperienced.
Departure from Madrid ‘B’ doesn’t mean the end of course, as former players like Roberto Soldado and Alvaro Negredo have established themselves as leading strikers in La Liga and even the national team.
Joselu has great potential but I don’t think he’s worth the £10m that Madrid are looking for. Stick with Giroud, someone who has been prolific at a higher level of football.