Arsenal may well be gearing up for their hardest fixture of the season so far this weekend, against Manchester City away, but as it’s the transfer window Arsene Wenger can hardly invest all his time and efforts into preparations.
It’s been confirmed today that Gunners youngster Benik Afobe has been allowed to depart the Emirates Stadium on a permanent deal, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 21-year-old has impressed this season at MK Dons, notching 19 goals in a bid to prove himself worthy of his lofty reputation.
However it’s now Kenny Jackett who will oversee the rest of his development, as Wenger has agreed to let him leave the Gunners despite the fact that he was once heralded as a top player for the future. Now Afobe will aim to help Wolves return to the top flight, in the hope that the constant injuries that have hampered his career thus far subside for good.
Fresh Brozovic bid
Elsewhere it’s been claimed that the Gunners have made a second, improved, offer for Croatian star Marcelo Brozovic, having been rejected in initial attempts to land the 22-year-old. It’s believed that a bid of between £5.5 million and £7 million has been tabled, with Dinamo Zagreb yet to consent to any negotiations taking place.
Brozovic, a midfielder by trade, could play a pivotal part in the second-half of Arsenal’s campaign, with Wenger looking to help the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta by reinforcing their department.
It’s also good news on the Aymeric Laporte front, with Louis van Gaal supposedly having refused outright to match the Athletic Bilbao star’s release clause of £32 million. Both Wenger and his Dutch counterpart are said to be interested in the French centre-back, although Manchester United were tipped to have the edge when it came to signing him.
Now however, virtue of Van Gaal being adamant that he won’t spend more than £25 million on the La Liga star, Wenger may have a way in. That’s of course if he’s willing to negotiate over the price with Bilbao.
Last but not least the Gunners have been made aware that they can take supposed transfer target Pablo Dybala to north London, if they're ready to pay €40 million. The youngster has burst onto the scene this season, gathering numerous plaudits along the way, but Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that a deal might be feasible.