Edu can seal transfer masterstroke this summer to discover Arsenal’s own Bruno Fernandes


Mikel Arteta and Edu’s plans for a summer rebuild at Arsenal have suffered a minor setback.

Despite a disappointing season, there has been a tinge of excitement amongst some Gunners fans in regards to what could be in store in the summer window.

This is after Arsenal‘s January transfer window was deemed a success as the main priority was to trim the first-team squad significantly and that was achieved with Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all being offloaded permanently.

More departures are expected this summer, but in terms of incomings the north London outfit are targeting up to five signings to improve Mikel Arteta’s squad.

However, one player who won’t be joining Arsenal is Norwich City attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia.

The Gunners did hold a serious interest in the Argentine, even submitting a bid of more than £30million, but have been beaten to the punch by Aston Villa who have agreed a fee with the Canaries.

As a result, it’s back to the drawing board for Arteta and technical director Edu.

Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt has already been touted as a potential alternative, whilst football.london understands their attentions are now focused on resigning Martin Odegaard.

Although, it may take an offer of £51.5m to even convince Real Madrid to sell the playmaker permanently.

So unless an agreement can be reached, Edu will have to look elsewhere when it comes to signing that all-important number 10 this summer.

And there’s a way he can seal a transfer masterstroke as an option has been revealed that wouldn’t cost the Gunners a single penny in transfer fees.



Hakan Calhanoglu's statistics this season make for interesting viewing. (Image: FBref)
Hakan Calhanoglu’s statistics this season make for interesting viewing. (Image: FBref)

As seen in the image above, Hakan Calhanoglu’s statistics this season make for interesting viewing.

The data collected by FBref shows the AC Milan attacking midfielder’s goal and shot creation numbers puts him in a conversation with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Bruno Fernandes.

Calhanoglu averaged a 5.99 shot creating action (SCA) per 90 minutes in Serie A this season which is higher than Fernandes (4.88) and 10th overall in Europe’s big five leagues.

The 27-year-old’s output should certainly make the decision-makers at Arsenal take notice as Arteta’s first-team squad can still do with more creativity – especially after the Buendia blow and uncertainty over Odegaard’s future.

Perhaps the most surprising factor regarding Calhanoglu is that he is out of contract at AC Milan at the end of the month and is free to negotiate with clubs.

Do you want all the latest news from around Arsenal Football Club straight to your email inbox?

Of course you do.

By signing up for our Arsenal newsletter, you will receive a twice-daily email, focused on all the latest news from the Emirates Stadium.

And, not only that, but you will get exclusive content from our club writers Chris Wheatley and Kaya Kaynak before anyone else.

You won’t miss a thing when it comes to the Gunners.

How do you sign up?

It’s easy and only takes seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.

Alternatively, you can click here and tick the Arsenal box to subscribe for our Gunners newsletter.

If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters – but we don’t think you’ll want to.

In addition, earlier in the year reports claimed that the Turkey international had already signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United, but that clearly hasn’t happened which means the Gunners are still in with a chance of sealing a deal but only if they act fast.

Should the Gunners sign Calhanoglu, as the stats highlight, they will be getting a player who averaged more shot-creating actions (SCA) per 90 minutes than Fernandes this season.

Judging by the latter’s impact at Manchester United, Arsenal having their own version would be a boost heading into next season.





Source link

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on tumblr
Tumblr
Share on stumbleupon
StumbleUpon