Despite being a target for North London rivals Tottenham, could Brazilian star Leandro Damiao be making his way to the Emirates this January? Damiao has established himself as a regular for the Brazilian national side and finished top goalscorer in this summer’s Olympic Games. He has also netted seven times in 13 appearances for Internacional this season in the Brasileirao.
The news follows reports last week that Arsene Wenger will have £35 million at his disposal once the transfer window opens. However, I still retain the belief that the boss will not be splashing the cash in January. The 23-year-old is likely to cost an extortionate amount, an idea that the boss will not entertain. Internacional Club President Giovani Luigi stated earlier this summer that a transfer is unlikely to happen unless Damiao’s buy-out clause is met, which is reportedly £47 million. Damiao has four years remaining on his contract, so the club know that they can ask for a huge sum without needing to even consider cut-price offers.
However, do Arsenal even need him? To be honest, no. Firstly, the price would be too high. With Damiao not out of contract for another four years and a huge buy-out clause in his contract, the Gunners would have to pay a ridiculous amount to secure his services. Secondly, Olivier Giroud will turn out to be a great acquisition for the club. As he grows in confidence the goals will come. Thirdly, the Gunners can spend any available funds better elsewhere. With Diaby’s recurring injury problems, Arsene would be better off spending big on a midfielder, ideally of the defensive type. Bringing in a class defensive midfielder would make the team complete.
This is not the first time the Gunners have been linked with a forward and it certainly won’t be the last. But I believe that Arsene will spend wisely.