Arsenal are looking to secure all loop holes in their squad when the January transfer window officially kicks open in a little shy of 60 days from today.
Very exciting reports according to the Express have it that we are on the move for Spartak Moscow midfield anchorman, Romulo and will offer Yaya Sanogo on loan as part of an exchange deal.
The Brasilian International, dubbed as the new ‘Gilberto Silva’ is seen as a very viable option for us in the wake of stalls in efforts to convince Real Madrid to let us have Sami Khedira in January and with Wenger being convinced of the fact of a need to supplement Arteta and Flamini, Le Prof won’t wait till May to fix the defensive midfield weakness in the team, spotting the 24 year old Romulo as his new first choice target. The player will cost us £9.5 million and the involvement of a one year loan deal for one of our bright young potentials is also good value added to the bargain.
His career at Moscow has been quite hindered by injuries after sitting out the whole of a season and a further half, limiting him to just 18 league appearances since his 8 million Euros move from Vaso Da Gama to Spartak in 2012. He won his first cap for the Selecao in 2011 but has only made eight appearances due to the spells on the sidelines, but has constantly featured this season even in the recent Moscow derby last Sunday at home to Lokomotiv.
This must be a very stirring prospect for all Gooners as Romulo is a core defensive midfielder, by training and thoroughness, and his being likened to our last real stalwart in the holding role is stuff of pure elation. Goal.com’s assessment of youngsters billed to shine at the 2012 Olympics in London rated him as one who “tracks his runner well and judges his tackles with composure”. That was indeed the case in the tournament as the Brasilian U23 team, which included other players like Barcelona’s Neymar and Chelsea’s Oscar, went all the way to the final, losing narrowly to Mexico.
Since the departure of Gilberto in 2008, we’ve really lacked a strong dependable holding player who has established himself as a core of our team. Alex Song had one very good season before moving to Barcelona but he did not exactly answer all the questions, as much as Gilberto did during the Invincibles days. Romulo, at over 6ft, has the physical presence of our Brasilian legend and comes with a bit more comfort ability on the ball. He is not afraid to go forward too, as his one goal in his eight Selecao appearances may show. Romulo, when fit and constantly playing is as good as Luiz Gustavo and even City’s Fernandinho.
On another note, it is very great news that Sanogo will go on loan, to get the regular opportunity to hone his skills into what Wenger expects him to become. The player is still raw and needs a steady run of games to bloom his potential. He seemed set to get that run this season until his hamstring issues resurfaced. Wenger surely does believe in Sanogo as his Henry of the future and given what the player had done with the French youth teams, he may well be. The loan to Russia could be the crucial ingredient needed.
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