Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner believes the addition of Manchester United summer target Daniele De Rossi to the Gunners squad will solve the north London club’s midfield worries.
The Guardian reports the Premier League champions have made a bid to sign AS Roma midfielder after their £25million approach for Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera was turned down by the Spanish club.
Mariner insists the transfer fee for the 30-year-old will not be an issue for Arsene Wenger, however, his wages could be a roadblock in making an approach.
“I’ve been banging the drum for a while for Daniele De Rossi, because it seems like Roma have been selling players willy-nilly. He would be fantastic [at Arsenal]. His wages may be a problem and a transfer fee wouldn’t be great, but that type of player would be brilliant,” Mariner told Talksport.
“They’ve got Flamini back, who Arsene knows really well. They’ve offered him a three-year contract at 29 and, in my opinion, that’s generous,” the former Gunner added.
The Emirates club were also linked with a move to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Mariner, who was with the north London club from 1984-86 believes the Gunners should not make an approach for an attacking player, since they have Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in the squad.
“Ozil, who is a fantastic player and was on the market a few weeks ago, was offered to a few teams in the Premier League and one team turned him down. He’s a little bit too much like Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, even though he’s a fantastic player. Most teams in the world would want him but Arsenal need something a little bit different,” Mariner concluded.
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