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Arsenal In Talks With Euro Giants Over €15m Attacker Deal
There’s quite a bit of transfer news doing the rounds today and the latest reports suggest that Arsenal have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a deal for winger Alessio Cerci.
Cerci was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer before he eventually signed for La Liga champions Atletico in a deal believed to be worth around €20m (£16m).
However, he’s endured a disastrous first few months in Spain with the Italian international making just one start in all competitions, and his lack of playing time has led to speculation the winger wants out in January.
It appears Arsenal have now renewed their interest as talkSPORT are reporting that we’ve opened talks with Atletico over a potential deal to bring the winger to the Emirates this winter.
Diego Simeone is clearly not a fan, which makes you wonder why he signed him in the first place, and it’s believed the Spaniard’s are willing to cut their loses as long as we pay €15m (£12m).
Inter Milan are also understood to be tracking the 27-year-old and want to take him back to Serie A where he starred for Torino before earning a move to Madrid, but we appear to be leading the chase after entering formal talks.
As transfer stories go, this isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, but I doubt anything will happen in January unless Lukas Podolski secures a move away from the club.
I’d personally like to keep hold of Poldi, at least until the end of the season, as he’s easily our best finisher – as he proved again last night. The problem is he doesn’t get involved in the build-up play enough and doesn’t consistently work hard for the rest of the team, so he’ll never be a regular under Wenger again.
Despite Arsene saying he’s going nowhere, the newspapers think Podolski will be leaving this winter and if he does then a move for Cerci as a replacement could be on the cards.