When news dropped about Jovetic and the bid on Monday, I did fear the worst after stating we hadn’t registered an interest in Jovetic, I still ran with suspicions yesterday morning and they have, thus far, proved correct. The Fiorentina sporting director came out and bulldozed the notion that 1) we’d bid 2) we’d even registered a passing interest.
“The way I see it, this interest is non-existent,”
“I have not had any contact with them at all. I don’t think Arsene Wenger is interested in the boy.”
Then the hammer blow was dropped by his agent… that, if you followed this story online, was spotted at the airport and was speaking to Arsenal.
‘Stevan prefers to stay in Italy rather than move away,’
Ouch. Amazing how many people lead total fantasy lives online.
Anyway, am I boverred about our lack of interest? Not really. Sounds like he’s an incredible talent not particularly suited to our needs or our system. His goal return last season was average at best and for me, we need a goal scorer. I just struggled to believe we’d go from discussing Rooney and talking to Lewandowski’s people… to tabling a bid or €30m for Jovetic.
We don’t need a project… we need now talent that will turn on the goal tap from day 1. Sure, Jovetic might become a world beater, but I’m not sure that’s at Arsenal.
I could still be totally wrong in all of this. We might place a bid tomorrow… but right now, I’m quietly pleased our attention is going elsewhere.
In fresh up in your face news, Arsenal are believed to be favourable to offers for Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian isn’t just out of favour, it seems like he’s been castigated the the changing room of hell once shared by misfits such as Bischoff, Park and Carlos Vela. The brutality of the treatment is harsh, but that’s sport for you. The idea of him being shipped on for £5m seems a touch crazy. I think the fact united and Barca are interested tells you a story about the basic ingredients he posesses. I still don’t understand why he couldn’t take the step up to that ‘in your face’ midfielder we’re looking for. Arsene is the king of crazy position conversions. If you can try Nik B on the right wing… Surely moving TV into a holding role wouldn’t be too tough an ask?
We could always get Song back. He gets in your face, ask Piqué.
Back to strikers we could nab… I’ve ripped this content from ESPN. I’ve listed the top scorers for your perusal. Some interesting names there… and not a whole heap of choice. You can see why the market is so tight this summer.
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||34|
|3||Radamel Falcao||Atletico Madrid||28|
|5||Álvaro Negredo||Sevilla FC||20|
Sooooo… I’m thinking we probably won’t be able to land any of the top three strikers there. However, it’d be fairly straight forward to nab the other two if we choose. Are they good enough? I don’t know. Ask Giles…
|1||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Paris Saint-Germain||29|
|2||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||St Etienne||19|
This is an interesting line up. Zlatan has smashed it out the park chu young with 29 goals… by what about that Pierre chap? I’ve heard marvelous things. No wait. It’s Ligue one. Giroud scored 21 goals there last year. Can you believe Aliadiere stayed fit for longer than 15 minutes to score some goals?
|1||Stefan Kießling||Bayer Leverkusen||25|
|2||Robert Lewandowski||Borussia Dortmund||24|
|3||Alexander Meier||Eintracht Frankfurt||16|
|4||Vedad Ibisevic||VfB Stuttgart||15|
|Mario Mandzukic||Bayern Munich||15|
Is the man topping the chart good enough for a move over here? More importantly, would Bayern Munich tolerate such behaviour… you know, having first refusal on the whole league? Lewandowski is an Arsenal target and we’ve apparently held talks with his people. He wants Bayern. Will Dortmund give up another of their prized assets to their greatest rival? Probably… if you play the Bayern DNA card… you generally get what you want. Amazing that Bayern destroyed that league and their highest scorer only managed 15.
|1||Wilfried Bony||Vitesse Arnhem||31|
|2||Graziano Pelle||Feyenoord Rotterdam||25|
|4||Jozy Altidore||AZ Alkmaar||23|
Don’t get me started on this league. It’s such a ridiculous concept. It produces some of the best players on the planet… and some of the most expensive flops. Kezman and Alves… versus Nistelrooy and Robin. Bony physically is what we’re looking for… whether he is talent wise is a risky question.
|2||Antonio Di Natale||Udinese||23|
|3||Pablo Daniel Osvaldo||AS Roma||16|
|Stephan El Shaarawy||AC Milan||16|
Errr… mostly no to all of them. I’d love Cavani, but give it up people. We’re not in his league anymore. I doubt even United would go for him.
|1||Jackson Martínez||FC Porto||26|
I know nothing about this league.
|1||Robin Van Persie||Manchester United||26|
|3||Gareth Bale||Tottenham Hotspur||21|
|4||Christian Benteke||Aston Villa||19|
|6||Romelu Lukaku||West Bromwich Albion||17|
I had to throw this one in. Lots of snobbery around Benteke. A young Belgian with 27 goals in 45 games for club and country is not a player to be sniffed at. If I were him, I’d boss it at Villa for another year, then move. He’s a big talent though. Michu is the same… can he replicate his form two seasons running? If they both can, they’ll be big money moves in 2 years. Outside those two, I don’t think there’s a chance for anyone.
So, take your pick people… we’ll take a look at South America tomorrow.