Transfer Targets Available
Two youngsters who were on Arsenal’s early season radar and seemed to fade away are now both reported to be available again.
The first is 19-year-old Brazilian Diogo Luis Santos who plays for Portuguesa. A slight complication, in the 70% of the player is owned by the club and 30% by others. Arsenal have made enquiries about the young Brazilian striker, and local reports indicate an offer of £7M was turned down by the club.
Reports in Greece indicate that Greek champions Olympiakos have opened negotiations with Portuguesa, offering a total fee of £9M, furthermore it is reported that the player has agreed a four-year contract with Olympiakos.
Portuguesa are asking for £11M. Will Wenger re-enter the market for Diogo? If Arsenal do buy Diogo, he will spend the next two years in Spain on loan whilst waiting for an EU passport. I doubt Arsenal will ask for special dispensation for Diogo, the Gunners have plenty of young strikers on their books now.
Is Arsene Wenger prepared to pay £10M for a striker and not be able to use him for two seasons that remains doubtful?
The other player is 16-year-old Ghanaian Tawrick Jibril. Jibril is one of the hottest properties currently playing in Africa. He had a trial at Arsenal, but even though Arsenal was interested in signing him, Atletico Madrid stepped in. Atletico exchanged letters of intent with his club Hearts of Oak and everything was assumed to be going through.
The Spanish team have now reneged on their initial offer and his club are now open to other offers. Jibril will cost £750K; a small amount in today’s multi-million pound transfer market, a fee that Arsene will think is not too much of a gamble.
Arsene Wenger may think neither are too expensive, especially as Arsenal are about to receive £5M from Tottenham when they buy David Bentley from Blackburn Rovers.