Lets Go Shopping at the Bernebeu
Real Madrid are going on a massive spending spree, first Kaka, now Ronaldo and there will be one more “galactico” before Perez starts to look at squad players. Real have borrowed money from the banks (I do not hear any cries of foul play from Platini over the debt at Real Madrid), but his is not a bottomless pit and sooner or later they will have to listen to offers for their players.
There are already stories of van Nistelrooy being touted around the Premier League, but there are other players that Real may also be amenable to letting go.
A rugged centre back who joined Real from Borrusia Dortmund in 2007. His time at Real has been blighted by injuries and he has made only 24 appearances. Real may be prepared to let the German international and at 29 years old he could be the experience we need at the back.
I do not know where he is terms of recovery from his injury, but Real have former Arsenal player Lassana Diarra who does a similar job to Mohamandou. At 28 years old, he could be the perfect player for us as he plays in that infamous defensive midfield role; again he has been compared to Vieira and Makelele, who is not these days. Real could be willing to listen to offers for the Mali midfielder who joined them from Lyons.
Royston came to the front during the last under-21 championships and Real soon snapped him up. Drenthe can play at either left-back or left-wing. His opportunities will be limited at Real next season with Ronaldo looking to tie up the left-wing berth whilst the new manager Pellegrino, has asked for a new left-back to be brought to the club. Drenthe is young at 22, so would be the ideal Wenger type of player, but do we need someone like him when we have Gibbs and Traore who can fill these functions.
This striker was bought in January to cover for the loss of van Nistelrooy. There have been many rumours that he wants to leave Real or Real want to sell him. Whether that happens will depend upon whether they bring in another striker or keep van Nistelrooy. There will be many Premier League clubs looking at Huntelaar. He a great strike rate at Ajax, but Alfonso Alves also had a great rate in the Eridivisie. Huntelaar, though, maintained a great strike rate La Liga. If Adebayor leaves, and that looks inevitable as each day goes by, Huntelaar could be the man for us.
The sticking point in any of these is that once we call Perez, he will start to talk about Fabregas and Clichy. The other matter will be Real will wish to recoup much of their expenditure in any sales. None of these players will go cheaply. If were to rank these players fro Arsenal it would be:
Metzelder € 8million
Drenthe € 6million
I am not saying we will buy all of these players, but the sale of Adebayor for £20million (€24million) and Senderos £6million (€7million) could go some way to financing some of these players.
The time to strike is now.