According to reports over the weekend, Arsenal were interested in signing Porto’s £40million rated Algerian international playmaker Yacine Brahimi. The Daily Express are now reporting that Everton have made a bid for the 26-year-old star.
Should Arsenal fight it out with the newly loaded Toffees, or should they concentrate on bringing in a centre-back, say Shkodran Mustafi?
Brahimi is another attacking midfielder
We all know that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger loves an attacking midfielder, almost to the point of abandoning the idea of bringing in a striker or a centre-back. Reports would suggest that Wenger is close to signing a centre-back, sensible right.
The Gunners already have Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere (when fit, which is rarely) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are all players capable of playing in the attacking midfield areas.
A few of those named may currently be in the treatment room, but it still leaves Wenger with a lot of players to fill the attacking midfield roles. Surely he would not target another attacking midfielder?
We have said that before when he signed both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. I highly doubt that the Frenchman will make a move for the Algerian, simply because it would cost the club too much money.
Brahimi is very highly-rated
Yacine Brahimi has been touted as a bright prospect for a while now. Last season the French-born star produced nine goals and ten assists for Porto. Those are decent stats, but not decent enough to command a £40million price tag even in these days of crazy fees (sorry I think I was channelling Arsene then!)
He is a versatile, being able to play anywhere across the front line and is no doubt a player that ill excite fans with his performances. Whether he would be a good investment at this point remains to be seen.
Arsenal needs to concentrate on signing a new centre-back
Brahimi may be a highly-rated player, but Arsene Wenger is likely to concentrate on bringing in a new centre-back. No doubt his ears pricked up when he heard an attacking midfielder may be available, but he is unlikely to spend big on both positions.
Arsene Wenger looks to be finally solving the centre-back position with reports of Mustafi’s move close now. Brahimi may be moving to the Premier League in the next week or so, but it looks unlikely that he will be moving to north London anytime soon.
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