Arsenal fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are excited to hear in the Express that they are linked with a £30m move for Monaco’s star midfielder Joao Moutinho as Arsene Wenger looks to replace the ageing Mikel Arteta.
Although the Gunners will have to splash the cash in order to land him as they will face competition from Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, who are all known for spending big bucks.
Louis van Gaal has always been a big fan of the 28-year-old and after Falcao’s move from Ligue 1 to the Premier League, this has only enhanced speculation and many believed he would follow in the same footsteps as the two share the same agent.
But if he joined the Red Devils it is not clear whether or not he would start every game, whilst if he joined the Gunners he would simply be a straight swap for the role that Arteta is fulfilling at the moment.
Also another aspect that is swinging in Arsenal’s favour is that Monaco are being very careful that they comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and this could lead to them departing with the former Porto and Sporting Lisbon star.