Lukas Podolski has had a relatively decent season during his first year at Arsenal but his ratio of eight league goals in 25 league games is unspectacular, but reflective of him being played out side rather than up front.
According to the press, Serie A giants Juventus are looking to offer him a way out of North London but there is a very good reason that they shouldn’t accept the £15 million being suggested.
Earlier today we stated Arsenal should approach Atletico Madrid, the other club credited with interest in the German, about a possible player-plus-cash swap for Falcao.
Which got us thinking about which Juventus player is most likely to be tempted to Arsenal, and who could be used in a straight cash swap.
That man is 30-year-old striker Fabio Quagliarella who has been one of the in form strikers at the club this season; seven goals in 17 matches.
Quagliarella has been an important part of the Juventus side which has stormed to the top of Serie A this season and he has a basic set of core skills which Arsenal don’t already possess with any of their strikers.
He is the sort of striker that just gets his head down and score goals and he’s around the mature sort of age where he may be considering one final career move before the end of his career.
The fact he’s only started ten games for the club this season also means he could be available. While he’s one of the best impact players at Juventus, Antonio Conte doesn’t seem keen on using him from the off too often.
The news also suggests that Nicklas Bendtner’s career at Arsenal could be over because Juventus have shown no indication that they want to keep the big Danish striker, owned by Arsenal, on a permanent basis.
That means if the rumours of Podolski heading to Italy are true, then the club could be left without two strikers by the start of the summer transfer window.
That increases the importance of bringing in someone with a lot of experience, who can do a job at the very highest level. Quagliarella would also be on the cheaper side, considering his age and the fact he has only two years left on his current contract and not longer.
Arsenal may even still be able to get some cash included in any deal which would be a superb piece of business as Podolski will turn 28 this summer. It’s a risk but Quagliarella is the sort of player Arsenal don’t have and someone they need.
Podolski for Quagliarella, what do you think?
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