Only a couple of days left in the tranfer window and it seems the transfer news is starting to pick up speed, with Arsenal today being linked with Brazilian superstar Adriano.
Arsene has officially stated he was offered the forward, but Inter Milan wanted a player in exchange. While there has been no official word about who that Arsenal player is, many reports are saying that it was most likely Tomas Rosicky. Other sources have said Inter were after Gilberto Silva.
Depending how you look at it, this could have been a very good or very bad move for Arsenal.
Adriano has reportedly been overweight and lazy, and apparently hadn’t scored a single club goal in 18 months until recently. And to swap him with Rosicky would be crazy as he is one of only a few players in our squad who is capable of playing out wide.
But is it so mad? Rosicky is much happier playing down the middle and Arsene has shown that in the absense of two fit strikers he would rather play Hleb down the centre. Also, if any coach in the world can transform the fortunes of a mis-guided player then it’s Arsene Wenger. There’s no doubt Adriano has the raw ability and talent to terrorise defenses and score goals when on form.
But it’s not going to happen!
The other news at the moment is over the future of Jens Lehmann, who the boss insists is staying at Arsenal. I think Wenger is telling the truth but if Jens was ever going to leave then before the deadline would make sense, and we’ve seen it before when players have left Arsenal – it’s all under wraps and we don’t actually find out until the deal has been completed.
Will we see any departures or arrivals before the deadline?
I’d be surprised if we didn’t!
Despite what the manager says – he’s hardly going to give away any of his transfer dealings now is he?