It may yet turn out to be another frustrating transfer window to Arsenal fans hoping to see Arsene Wenger make big money signings in the coming weeks, but Gunners supporters can take some solace from the fact that top target Romelu Lukaku has made himself essentially ripe for the picking.
The Belgian forward, who is said to be wanted at the Emirates Stadium to provide competition for Olivier Giroud, told reporters that he was looking to be free, and didn’t want to be loaned out for a third consecutive season. The Mirror claim that this is evidence of his desire to leave on a permanent basis, and due to Jose Mourinho’s intent to freshen up his front-line the scenario is very feasible indeed. Whether or not The Special One will let him join Arsenal however is another matter entirely.
According to the Mirror he said: "What I don’t want is to be loaned out.
“I am 21 and I have been loaned for the last two seasons. Thibaut Courtois was loaned for three seasons and will be without doubt the first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper.
“And Kevin De Bruyne has been transferred permanently to Wolfsburg. They are free in their heads - it is not my case. That would free me totally.
“The decision will soon be taken. I have some ideas but we will have to see what is best for the clubs. I don’t want to negotiate before the clubs have come to an agreement.”
In respective loan spells at West Brom and Everton the starlet has proved that he is capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis in the Premier League, and Mourinho may well be wary of allowing him to join a title-rival, even if he remains unconvinced by his ability to do a job effectively enough for The Blues.
With the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey behind him Lukaku would be fed plenty of chances to score goals, and whereas Giroud fancies himself as more of a target man designed to hold the ball up, his would-be team-mate has build a reputation for himself around being a powerful forward who drives towards goal and wants to get on the end of passes fed through.
Of course if Wenger can’t push through a deal for Lukaku then there remains the possibility of the Gunners landing Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international is no longer participating in the World Cup after his team were knocked out in the second-round by hosts Brazil, but it’s said that Wenger is now poised to clinch his signature, and will fly back to London from the tournament at a moment’s notice in order to finalise an agreement if it comes to it.
The 25-year-old Sanchez has reportedly already revealed that he is not looking to move to Liverpool this summer, which put paid to a potential deal which would see Luis Suarez go the other way. However that doesn't mean that he is against the idea of testing his mettle in the Premier League, and with Juventus slowly being forced out of the picture the Gunners find themselves in pole position.
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