They say the early bird catches the worm, but how early do you have to be in the transfer window in order to get the best catch. The summer window hasn't even officially opened yet and it seems Arsenal might already be lagging behind.
Over the last couple of months, Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, with the player himself stirring the pot by stating that he had supported the club since he was a child.
The plot thickened further when reports broke that Arsenal had agreed a deal in principle with the player. It was becoming eerily reminiscent of the Gonzalo Higuain deal in which Arsenal had 'agreed personal terms' with the player in 2013 only to see him end up in Naples not long after.
Well a familiar sense of deja-vu has descended on the Emirates Stadium again this summer as it would now seem that Martinez is heading to AC Milan, after Porto's president Pinto da Costa claimed the player had chosen the San Siro.
For Arsenal, this should not be a critical blow, even though Martinez has been a sensation for Porto, he hasn't proven himself in one of the 'big leagues' in Europe. That, coupled with the fact that he will be turning 29 soon seems like a player that Arsenal could maybe pass on.
The news that will be of concern however is the fact that various media outlets are now reporting that Milan are in negotiations with Monaco for a potential deal for Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The former Sevilla man has been tipped for great things and it seems a move this summer to Arsenal might have been on the cards. Arsene Wenger is surely a fan of his, a viewpoint that would only have been enhanced after watching his performance at the Emirates Stadium in February.
Though only 22, he has shown maturity in his CDM role and his ability to regain possession and break up opposition play are traits that Arsenal have lacked for a long time.
Kondogbia is still very young with arguably his best years to come, he would provide good competition for Francis Coquelin and allow us to play with two CDM's in tough away games. Factor in his physicality, height and the fact he's French and it seems like a perfect fit. Losing out to AC Milan would be a critical blow.
Reports linking Arsenal to Morgan Schneiderlin have gone cold over the last few weeks, with news coming out that Wenger is not interested in paying the £25 million valuation for him.
News that Manchester United also have an eye on the Frenchman may also have caused Arsene to look elsewhere, as the manager is well known for avoiding bidding wars with rival clubs.
Sami Khedira has joined Juventus on a free transfer and Arturo Vidal, another linked heavily by the media, is not an out-an-out CDM, sometimes even operating as the tip of a diamond formation for Massimiliano Allegri.
The transfer window will officially open on July 1st and a lot can happen between then and September, Arsene will no doubt be kept up-to-date on such things and will surely have a contingency plan if the main targets aren't gettable.
But, with Milan seemingly making big strides early on to ensure a better campaign than the 2014/15 one, where they finished 10th, Arsene should perhaps think about throwing his hat into the ring for a player such a Kondogbia.
With a clause of about £25 million, which Arsenal can now easily pay, the need for getting the main targets rather than the secondary ones is of the highest importance, especially if a title challenge is to be sustained for next season.
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