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Arsenal Submit Formal Offer For Argentinean Hitman – Reports
According to reports, Arsenal have tabled a formal offer to Boca Juniors for young striker Jonathan Calleri.
The 21-year-old only joined Boca last year but has been hitting the headlines with some impressive displays, scoring 8 goals in 18 league games so far.
We were strongly linked with a move for the striker during the January transfer window, with speculation suggesting we were close to completing a deal.
A move failed to materialise in the end but it seems Arsene hasn’t given up hope of luring Calleri to the Emirates as the Daily Star are reporting that we’ve now tabled a formal offer for his services.
The newspaper doesn’t state what the bid is worth, but they do say that we’ll face stiff competition from the likes of Liverpool, Valencia, Villarreal and Inter Milan.
It’s understood that Boca are willing to cash-in on the young Argentinean striker in order to turn a quick profit and the player is considering his options ahead of the summer.
I said back in January that talk of a move to Arsenal seemed like nothing more than idle speculation and although the rumours won’t go away, I’d still be hugely surprised if anything came of this.
Calleri may be highly rated and doing well for Boca, but he’s yet to earn a single cap at any level for Argentina and with competition he faces up front, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Therefore, we’ve got very little chance of getting a work permit even if we did agree a deal with Boca. I suppose if we did sign him, then we could send him out on loan for a couple of years until he got an EU permit, but either way, Calleri isn’t someone who’s going to be making an impact on the first team anytime soon.