Right, I'm back with another transfer season update. Sorry for the delay in getting this post up but combination of being busy and other things have made it hard to post. Anyway, on to the transfers.
I'll start with a deal that is looking very likely to go through and could affect whether or not the Lukaku story I'll discuss later is true. Joel Campbell isn't a name that will be known to many, me included, but it looks like the young Costa Rica striker is on the brink of joining Arsenal. According to gunnerblog here and many other sources, Arsenal and Saprissa have agreed a deal in the region of $1.5 million for the prodigy and the deal could be finalised today. If you look at his age and the price we are rumoured to be signing him for, this is a classic Arsene Wenger deal and it wouldn't surprise me at all to see the young striker at Arsenal next year. If like me you hadn't heard of the player until very recently, here's a short clip of what he can do
Now I know this is just youtube and in reality, Joel Campbell may be a complete flop if he joins. He's young so it is hard to say whether he'll blossom in to another Thierry or another *insert poor striker here". However, he does look like the sort of player we need. He's small, strong and quick. We lack a striker that really runs at defences which is partly why I believe Walcott should be played up front more often. However, his finishing against Greentown yesterday is also why he shouldn't. It very much looks like welcome to Arsenal for Joel Campbell and based on what you've just seen on the clip, I'm sure you are as happy as I am about this deal
However, early Saturday morning I first saw stories about us lodging a £14 million bid for Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku. The player who you can see on the right has been dubbed the next Didier Drogba and having seen him play a few times (in real life, not on youtube..) I would be over the moon with this deal. As much as it pains all Arsenal fans to say, we have missed Adebayor and Lukaku would fill his boots perfectly. Again he is young but there is a big buzz around Europe involving this guy. If we could get him, it could be one of the best bits of business ever done by Wenger. However there are several reasons why I think this deal is either completely false, or won't happen anyway. Firstly, Chelsea are very interested in Lukaku and have been for a long time. They would almost certainly outbid us for Lukaku and despite the fact we have a strong relationship with Anderlecht I'm sure they'd choose the deal which gets them the money. Also, it is rumoured that Lukaku is a chelsea fan. Sorry for crushing your hopes but there is one more point. We all know Wenger and how he does business so why would he spend around £20 million for a relatively unproven striker when he could spend $1.5 million on a relatively unproven striker. We won't sign Campbell and Lukaku this season in my opinion. Ultimately, we all know who Wenger will choose
I'll wrap up with a player leaving the club. Not the continuing saga of Nasri and Fabregas this time but the man who was subbed after 20 minutes of our pre season friendly against Malaysia XI. Yes, it looks like Denilson will finally leave the club this summer on a one year loan deal, returning to Sao Paulo. Denilson even posted on his twitter "I'm coming back" so this deal looks as good as done. Don't get me wrong, Denilson does have the potential to be a cracking player but there are just too many flaws in his game right now. A year with permanent football could do him the world of good like it did for Song. Besides, Denilson is a born winner......
That's all for today, I'll be back midweek with another post