Arsenal to raid Atletico for striker

It’s a bit quiet in the Football Transfer Tavern today but news has just filtered through that Arsenal are lining up a move for Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez in the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old forward, who is highly regarded in Spain, has a buy out clause of nearly £15 million which makes him a possible target for the Gunners according to Miror Football.

Arsene Wenger had been linked with a move for Barcelona’s David Villa but it is now thought that Wenger is concerned about the Spanish striker’s injury record. In addition, the long serving French manager does not want to pay £12m and £100,000-per-week wages on a 31-year-old who has spent too long on the sidelines of late.

The Mirror reports that attention has now turned to Lopez, who scored Atletico’s winner on Friday against Celta Vigo, but has struggled to get in the Madrid side ahead of Radamel Falcao this season.

A source told Sunday Mirror Sport: “Arsenal have asked Barcelona about David Villa, but the manager has a lot of concerns.

“It is looking increasingly likely Adrian is the man he will go for. He is younger version on Villa and will fit into Arsenal’s wage structure.”

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