Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may finally have a chance of putting his transfer market woes behind him, with the club having been encouraged in their pursuit of AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas after the Serie A giants failed to qualify for the group stage of this season’s Champions League.
The Romans lost the second leg of their qualifier against Porto with a scoreline of 3-0 after having played out a 1-1 draw in their last encounter. And that, in turn, has been good news for the Gunners, who now have the opportunity of luring Manolas to the Emirates Stadium by offering him a chance to play in Europe’s top tier competition.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is believed to have shortlisted Fiorentina centre back Davide Astori as one of his potential defensive targets this summer, according to reports in Italian outlet Gazzamercato.
The Gunners had been known to be originally interested in landing either of Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi or Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez. However, with both of the La Liga superstars being deemed unobtainable, the Italian has now emerged as an important potential option to strengthen the north Londoners’ defence line.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, certainly, looks desperate to sign a world class centre back this summer. According to reports in The Daily Mail, the Frenchman, who had been reportedly showcasing keen interest in signing Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia until now, has approached Atletico Madrid with regards to the possibility of signing young defender Jose Gimenez.
The 21 year old Uruguayan, who has developed into one of the most highly rated young centre backs in Europe in recent times, has also been known to be a target for the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid in the past.