Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to prove doubters wrong about his ability to attract quality young prospects to the club and maintain Arsenal as a title-challenging team. And the Times reports that he is aiming to do that by signing Corinthians’ midfielder Paulinho for whom he has recently tabled a £9 million offer.
Arsenal are still reeling from RVP’s decision to reject a contract extension at the Emirates, and Wenger aims to provide relief by clearly showing everyone that he is not too heavily dependent on Van Persie and can instead look at new players to bolster his squad.
The French manager has already signed two strikers in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski and is eying Paulinho as his third summer signing. The attacking midfielder has three years left on his existing contract with the Brazilian club, who are desperate to hold on to their star player. The Samba boy has even played for his national team, making his debut against arch rivals Argentina.
The signing of Paulinho would go some way in restoring the declining image of Wenger and the club, especially if they manage to beat Italian giants Inter Milan to the Brazilian’s signature. However, the Arsenal boss must make sure that he just doesn’t sign Paulinho to silence his critics, but because the player can actually contribute greatly to the team in the future and develop into a star.