Arsenal looking to add Argentine flair in January
Ricky Alvarez’s dream of playing for Arsenal might just come true in January as Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Inter Milan attacking midfielder. Alvarez, in his Velez Sarsfield days in the close season of 2011 had expressed on Twitter his dream to turn out for Arsenal, but Inter Milan had the last laugh when they bought the striker for close to £10.6 million.
However the Argentine could not match up to expectations at the San Siro, and has made only fifteen starting appearances for the Nerazzurri in over one season. What’s worse is that he is yet to start in the Serie A this season, all the more intensifying speculation that his Italian adventure is close to an unceremonious finish. Reports from Italy suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to shell out Inter Milan’s asking price for Alvarez which is in the range of £8 million.
One possible way of easing out the transfer is Theo Walcott being involved in a swap deal. Although Wenger has ruled out selling Walcott in January, a bargain deal where he gets Alvarez with a low transfer outlay would suit the manager renowned to spend frugally. The other option is of course testing the waters with a loan deal and making the same permanent if Alvarez’s tryst at the Emirates works out well.