Danny Welbeck has emerged as a target for both Arsenal and Tottenham with the England international’s long-term prospects at Manchester United appearing remote under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal.
Allowed to leave
It is reported by the Evening Standard that Welbeck has been informed he can leave Old Trafford if he wishes, and this has alerted both Arsenal and Tottenham to his availability, although it may take a bid of £15 million to sign him.
Welbeck’s preferred position is that of a central striker but, with new captain Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie the first choice players for Van Gaal’s forward pairing, the 23-year-old will not get the regular opportunities he desires.
It emerged earlier in the summer that Welbeck would consider leaving Manchester United, a club he joined aged only 10, in pursuit of first-team football, and it would now seem that Van Gaal is prepared to grant his wish.
Manchester United will, of course, be reluctant to strengthen a rival for the Premier League’s coveted top four positions, although they may be left with little option but to sell to Arsenal or Tottenham if either club come calling.
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Arsenal and Tottenham interest
Arsenal are in need of greater numbers up front, and Welbeck’s versatility would surely appeal to Arsene Wenger. However, just like at Old Trafford, Welbeck would not be a guaranteed starter at the Emirates Stadium.
With Olivier Giroud the man in possession of the solo striker role under Wenger, Welbeck would have to prove himself a more effective alternative to the France international. Welbeck may also be reluctant to be shifted out to the wing, while the Gunners are already spoilt for choice in this area.
Tottenham may be a more viable option for Welbeck if he is to start regularly, although there would still be no promise that he would lead the attack. Welbeck does offer something different to the options currently available to Maurico Pochettino, but where he would best fit into the system is open for debate.
It may well be that Welbeck will have to drop a few rungs down the ladder if he is to establish himself as a starting striker, and his scoring record for Manchester United suggests he will be very productive if given the chance.