Yesterday it was Porto striker Jackson Martinez linked with a move to the Emirates. Today it is highly-rated Porto attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi who is supposedly attracting admiring glances from north London.
Talksport is claiming that the Gunners are interested in signing the Algerian international, but will have to pay a fee of around £40million to sign him.
Brahimi is believed to be a player in-demand this summer, with the likes of Bayern Munich and AC Milan linked with making a move for the star. Porto will be encouraging rumours as it looks like they are willing to part with the midfield, but only for a massive fee.
Brahimi has been highly-rated for a while now and last season found the net 13 times in 41 appearances. He also provided ten assists for the Portuguese side in all competitions. Last season has to be regarded as the best campaign of his career so far.
To say that Arsenal have a lot of attacking midfielders would be an understatement. An attacking midfielder seems very low on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s list of summer priorities at the moment.
The Gunners are currently odds of 9/2 to win the Premier League next season. I just cannot see their odds improving by Wenger bringing in yet another attacking midfielder. Their odds may improve with the addition of a world-class ‘keeper, for example Petr Cech, or a world-class striker like Gonzalo Higuain, but not another attacking midfielder.
Wenger has a habit of signing attacking midfielders, when others positions seemed to be in need of strengthening. When the Frenchman signed Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez it seemed like the Gunners did not need another attacking midfielder.
Ozil’s signing has produced mixed results, but Sanchez has been a roaring success since his move to the Emirates from Barcelona last summer. However, having seen Brahimi play he cannot claim to be in the same bracket as the Chilean international.
For me, Wenger will be looking to strengthen elsewhere and is unlikely to bring in a player like Brahimi, and especially not for a fee anywhere near £40million.
All these stories about Arsenal completing big money signings this summer seem strange, as we all know that Arsenal’s budget conscience boss has already stated he will not spend crazy money this summer. That looks unlikely to change for him to put in a big money bid to sign Brahimi.
Do you think Brahimi really is an Arsenal transfer target?