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Revealed: Wenger’s Three-Man Transfer Hit-List
Arsene Wenger has drawn up a three-man short-list of transfer targets as he looks to bring in a versatile defensive-minded player before the end of the month, according to the Telegraph.
The boss has made no secret that he needs to bring in at least one more signing following the exit of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona.
While many fans feel we need a defender and a defensive midfielder, Arsene has hinted that he might look to bring in one player who can play a number of positions and the Telegraph claim he has identified Benedikt Höwedes, Luiz Gustavo and William Carvalho as his three top targets.
Höwedes is currently Schalke’s captain and although he played the entire World Cup for Germany as a left-back, he’s predominantly a centre-back. He’d no doubt be an excellent addition for the defence, but he can’t play in midfield so if we do bring him in, I hope we also have plans for a defensive midfielder.
Carvalho has been strongly linked in recent weeks and he’s available at around £24m as Sporting Lisbon need to sell. The Portuguese youngster can play in midfield and in defence, so would be an excellent addition and at just 22, he has plenty of time to get even better.
Gustavo would be a best signing of the lot as not only is he a world class defensive midfielder, but he’s capable of playing at centre-back and left-back. We know Wenger rates him as we almost signed him when he left Bayern Munich last summer but he opted for a switch to Wolfsburg as he had concerns over getting first team football at the Emirates.
He should have no such concerns now, however, he’s going to be extremely difficult to buy as Real Madrid are on his case and Wolfsburg are demanding big money for the Brazilian international.
We’ll have to see who the boss opts for in the end but if I had to bet on it, I’d say Carvalho will be the last player we’ll sign before the end of the month.