It is almost certain that Arsenal’s midfield injury crisis will force Wenger’s hands in the coming transfer market in the January, and it could well be that Wenger goes all out to splash big on some big name midfielder.
Reports according to Daily Star have it that Wenger is set to capture Juventus midfield star, Paul Pogba, despite interest from Premier League rivals, United, City and Chelsea.
The 21-year old French midfielder, crowned as the most impressive young player in the last World cup in Brazil, has no shortage of suitors around the world, even as it becomes increasingly likely that he could leave Juventus for another challenge. Pogba has been at the core of the three-time Scudetto winners since leaving Manchester United on a free transfer in 2010.
Having achieved so much at a so young an age, the lack of real competition in the Serie A could force the youngster to test himself again in the Premier League, and while United are looking to re-write the wrongs done by Sir Alex Ferguson by offering a huge deal and City set to intimidate their noisy neighours with some indecent bid, Arsene Wenger will let his admiration for Pogba lead to a splash of as much as £40m to land him at the Emirates.
The Arsenal boss has admitted that he had an interest in signing him when it became clear that United were not willing to offer him the contract he wanted at Old Trafford, but could not speak to him at the time before he left for Turin.
“We were interested in Pogba when he was at Manchester” Wenger said.
“We tried to get him, but it was complicated. I was surprised to see Manchester let him go. We did not have the right to contact him”.
Pogba has that frame of a footballer which proves so irresistible to Arsene Wenger, having signed Patrick Vieira and Abou Diaby before. For both club and country, he proves to be a key figure in the midfield engine, whether being the hinge for Vidal and Pirlo at Juventus, or galvanizing and coordinating affairs in Didier Deschamps’ team. Though not strictly a defensive midfielder, Pogba is good enough to play a box-to-box role in which he tracks back well enough to break up opponents in their flow.
Juve’s advancement to the second round of the Champions League makes it slim of his chances of leaving in January but a war of bids next summer looks inevitable, and it will be the Premier League clubs who will be leading the way.
Expect Chelsea to throw in a blank cheque in the mix, but it could be the personal terms between Wenger and his young countryman who could swing the tie in our favour.
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