Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur remain firmly in the hunt for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, though the Red Devils are refusing to negotiate any deal which would see the England international move to a Premier League rival.
According to the Manchester Evening News Louis van Gaal and Co. are wary about letting players leave the club to play for teams who might rival them for Champions League positions, leaving the likes of Arsenal and Spurs high and dry when it comes to their interest.
The London giants are said to have pinpointed the out of sorts Welbeck due to the fact that he is unsettled at Old Trafford, with both clubs looking to bolster their respective front-lines in order to improve their credentials.
Welbeck at United
The 23-year-old has been a mainstay in United’s first-team for the past three seasons, but Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney’s choke-hold over the roles which spearhead the attack have meant he’s never been a first-choice.
Much like Javier Hernandez, Welbeck has been forced to either settle for a place on the bench or been moved out of position more often than not, with Van Gaal appearing to take the same stance as Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes with regards to his importance in the squad. As such the young striker knows that he must be leave the club if he’s to be guaranteed opportunities to play, and either Tottenham or Arsenal, with their respective attacking issues, could provide him with that.
Arsenal for Welbeck
Arsene Wenger’s interest in a host of United’s peripheral players has been speculated for quite a while, with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Welbeck himself all mentioned in connection with possible moves to the Emirates Stadium.
The recent injury sustained by Olivier Giroud will have done very little to quell the Frenchman’s interest in the latter, and a deadline day purchase of a renowned striker would definitely sit well with the Gunners faithful.
Likewise Mauricio Pochettino is also said to be in the market for a goal scorer, with Emmanuel Adebayor the only real striking threat his side boasts at the minute. Spurs’ limp defeat at the hands of Liverpool this weekend further highlighted their need for a potent attacking threat, and Welbeck has both experience and pedigree at the highest level of the game.
Yet the fact remains that United will not budge on their stance of keeping Welbeck away from the clutches of their closest rivals. With a return to the summit of the Premier League looking unlikely this campaign Van Gaal’s job will be to ensure that he gets his side into contention for Champions League qualification. Would selling Welbeck to north London hinder his chances of doing so?