Arsenal: Five potential transfer targets
Victor Valdes, Andrea Ranocchia & Victor Wanyama could all strengthen the Gunners
This season has been a disappointment for Arsenal fans. Robin van Persie left for the paltry sum of £24m and the players brought in, with the exception of Santi Carzola, have not been of the standard the club needs.
With the fight for the top-four spots of the Premier League getting tougher and more intense every year, they can’t be sitting with average players. So they need to do something about that, this summer, or they’ll lose out on Champions League football permanently.
Victor Valdes | Barcelona
The Barcelona number one has won everything there is to win at Barcelona. That shows you what kind of goalkeeper he is.
It’s true he’s had two of the best centre-backs in the world in front of him for the majority of that time in Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, but he’s a great stopper, and he’s got an excellent head on his shoulders.
Valdes has already shown interest in a move to the Premier League, and specifically to move to Arsenal. Buying a very young goalkeeper right now would be a waste, with Wojciech Szczęsny playing extremely well and only being 22 years old. But some competition at the north London club for the number one jersey would be an excellent thing.
Andrea Ranocchia | Inter Milan
Having given a trial to Godfrey Oboabona, Arsenal may not need another central defender, but the chances of Ooboabona being as good as Ranocchia are pretty slim.
Put Ranocchia next to Thomas Vermaelen or Laurent Koscielny and Arsenal's defensive will have been significantly strengthened. He’s quick, makes tackles, makes interceptions, and is vocal. He knows his place at the back of the team, and doesn’t get forward much, but he holds the line extremely well, and his passing is excellent – the kind worthy of the grass at the Emirates Stadium.
The kind of player you want when Vermaelen or Koscielny go gallivanting up the pitch, Ranocchia is probably the most expensive player on this list, but he’s what Arsenal need right now, so splashing out on a defender would be an excellent move.
Yann M'Vila | Rubin Kazan
Since the departure of Alex Song, Arsenal have been without a reliable defensive midfielder. Mikel Arteta fills the role left by the Cameroonian international for now, but he’s not really the powerhouse that needs to play in that position.
M’Villa, however, is. At 22 years of age the guy has plenty of time to show he’s worth the money that Arsenal would have to shell out to get him.
Arsenal fans have been screaming for Arsene Wenger to snap up this man as back-up for Song, and then to replace Song, and perhaps, after this season, he’ll listen.
Victor Wanyama | Celtic
The versatile Kenyan midfielder could play alongside M’Villa or as back-up for him and Jack Wilshire in the midfield or in the defence thanks to his ability to create as well as quash attacks.
Celtic won’t want to lose their best player right now, but the opportunity to move south of the border into one of the top leagues in Europe might prove too strong.
With these two additions to the midfield Arsenal’s defence would not be so open to attacks as they have been this season, and this time next season Arsenal’s goal deficit would be a lot healthier than it is right now.
He’s not going to cost Arsenal more than £20m, so they should sign him up as quickly as possible.
Oscar Cardozo | Benfica
Arsenal still need that cutting edge up the front. Theo Walcott is not quite ready to lead the line – who knows if he ever will be - Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic is an option, but he looks unlikely to move to Arsenal at the moment with Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan reportedly interested in him. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another good option, though Paris Saint Germain are apparently interested, after he caused all kinds of problems for their defence and earned Saint-Etienne a point against the Ligue 1 leaders.
But Oscar Cardozo is a prolific striker in the Portuguese league. He’s scored 103 goals in 152 appearances for Benfica since he joined in 2007, and Arsenal could use his talents. At 29 years of age Cardozo is the perfect age to come to Arsenal and help usher in the next generation, while still having a lot to give to the club.
Arsenal could end up spending £30m on him alone, but it would be completely worth it.
The Gunners clearly need a few additions this summer if they are to get back to their fighting weight. Who do you think Arsenal should buy this summer?
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