With Robin Van Persie edging ever closer to the door at the Emirates, after confirming that he has no intention of signing a new contract at the club – and thus effectively holding the club to a £25m ransom to let him leave this summer before his current deal runs out next year – the time has come for Arsene Wenger to start seriously considering replacements for the Dutchman.
With that £25m or so set to bolster his transfer war-chest, Wenger may look to make one eye-catching signing to fill the talismanic frontman’s position for the coming season, or he might choose to invest only a portion of it in a striker, relying on the incoming influence of new striking pair Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski. That second option would at least allow the manager to rebuild other key areas of the team, after a relatively disappointing 2011/12 season (by the high standards of Arsenal fans).
But Giroud and Podolski might not be enough for Wenger, and he may well look to bring in another striker to plug the gap left by Van Persie – and if he does, we have ten suggestions of players he could bring in…
1. Stevan Jovetic
- Club: Fiorentina
- Value: £25m
Arsenal have recently been linked with Fiorentina’s highly-rated Montenegrin striker Jovetic, who caught the eye last season with 14 goals in 27 Serie A appearances, and some exciting attacking performances that would make him an ideal addition to the Arsenal squad.
If Arsene Wenger wants to bring the striker to Arsenal, he will need to move for the Montenegrin soon, with a host of clubs said to be interested in making a move, and with Jovetic said to have a £25m release clause in his Fiorentina contract, which would attract the richer clubs to his availability. But if he could be convinced to join up with the Emirates squad, he might just be the ideal solution to the huge hole left by Van Persie’s impending departure, with zero capital outlay needed to secure his services.
Wenger would likely face competition from Spurs, who have also been linked with a big-money move for the player, who Andre Villas-Boas sees as the next step to rebuilding his newly acquired squad for another assault on European qualification.
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