Arsenal ready to launch bargain move for £93m La Liga attacker

By on February 17, 2018

According to reports in Italy via the Mirror, Arsenal have identified Ousmane Dembele as a key transfer target with Arsene Wenger hoping to lure the Barcelona attacker to the Emirates this summer.

The boss revamped his attacking options in January with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan replacing Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez following their moves to Chelsea and United.

However, we’re still expected to further strengthen our options in the final third this summer as Theo Walcott wasn’t replaced last month and we have a distinct lack of wingers in the squad now.

It looks like Wenger has an ambitious target lined-up as the Mirror are citing a report from Calciomercato that claims Arsenal are plotting a summer swoop for Barca winger Dembele.

The 20-year-old became one of the most highly-rated attackers in Europe during his time at Borussia Dortmund and made a £93m move to the Nou Camp just last summer.

However, Dembele has endured a nightmare time in Spain as a number of injury problems have restricted him to playing just 170 minutes of La Liga football so far this campaign.

Understandably, when he has played his form has been erratic and it’s led to speculation Barca could be willing to cut their loses already after splashing out £142m on Philippe Coutinho in January.

It seems Arsenal are hoping to take advantage of the situation and the Mirror says Wenger wants to offer him a fresh start and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is keen for his former team mate to join him in north London this summer.

However, the Calciomercato report claims Arsenal are hoping to secure a bargain deal by offering just £53m – but that seems highly unlikely given Barca paid £40m more for Dembele less than 10 months ago.

Obviously the French international would be a hugely exciting addition to the squad if we could get a deal agreed this summer but I think we’re going to have to dig a lot deeper if we’re to tempt Barca in to a sale.