Arsene Wenger is scouring Europe on the hunt for a new striker, and the latest name in the frame is Porto’s Colombian sensation, Radamel Falcao, who would cost the North London club somewhere in the region of £15million.
Arsenal’s manager wants to improve his striking options, with only Van Persie and Chamakh offering reatively consistent form up front in the Premier League. Despite a relatively good season in terms of goals in all competitions (9), Nicklas ‘I wannabe the best striker in the world’ Bendtner has failed to convince anyone that he has any chance of achieving his rather optimistic aim, never having scored more than 9 league goals in a season for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger is believed to be tired of waiting for the self-confident Dane to fulfil his undeniable potential.
Carlos Vela, once hailed as a future Premier League star, has had trouble forcing his way into the Arsenal first team, since 2008 when he finally gained a work permit, he has made only 29 Premier League appearances and has, this season, been sent on another loan, this time to West Brom.
Robin van Persie and new signing Marouane Chamakh have carried a heavy burden up front, but have performed well with the assistance of Walcott, Arshavin and, particularly, Nasri, who have weighed in with an impressive number of goals from midfield.
Now the Arsenal boss is looking to increase competition for places up front, with the £15million signing of Porto’s prolific forward, Radamel Falcao. The Colombian hit-man has banged in an extraordinary 36 goals in 44 league games for Jose Mourinho’s former club, FC Porto, including 11 in 16 this season. Such fantastic form also brings a hefty price tag though and despite a rough valuation of around £12.5million, it is more likely that he would only be allowed to leave for around £15million.
Falcao still has a while to run on his contract at Porto and his goals have helped his club go top of the league, smashing the opposition into submission with a mind-bogglingly impressive 22 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses from 24 games, they currently sit 13 points clear of fierce rivals, Benfica.
At 24, the dynamic Colombian, who can score with both feet and is an adept free-kick taker, would suit Arsenal’s flowing style of football and it seems that Arsene Wenger is the first manager of a big European club to seriously consider signing Porto’s super-striker.
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