There’s a good chance that Arsenal will go after Alain Traore of Lorient this summer, because Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem as though he’s going to break his transfer policy any time soon and spend tens of millions on superstars.
It would be a very solid signing for the club and the addition of another striker with a strike rate of around one goal for every two league games; he currently has six goals in 13 games this season. They were reported to be keen on him in January before the player picked up a slight injury, and then departed for the African Nations Cup where he caught the eye with Burkina Faso.
If they do want to go after him then they have an ace card in the form of Jeremy Aliadiere. The former Arsenal striker players for Lorient and has admitted that he still speaks with Wenger on a regular basis.
Aliadiere obviously can’t push through the signing of Traore but Arsenal could ask him to act on their behalf in an external way. This means things such as selling the club to the player, convincing him Arsenal is the place to be and so on.
Traore doesn’t look like a player who is going to break the budget of any side, which means his transfer will be very competitive this summer. Arsenal need an edge in this case and Aliadiere can give them just that.
The important thing to note is that Aliadiere has described Wenger as a father figure in football, after he originally brought the striker to Arsenal when he was just 16-years-old.
Therefore, if he can do anything to help out his former boss then he should be more than willing to do so.
It would be a very shrewd and clever way for Arsenal to go about this signing and although Traore is not that high profile, it’s a transfer the club may just have to consider because they may not finish with Champions League football.
That may mean that Wenger is confined to this sort of signing because the club can’t attract the huge players, who all want to play in Europe’s top club cup competition against the best players and the best teams.
Traore is not a bad striker. He has pace, skill and the ability to score goals on a regular basis. He could turn out to be one of Wenger’s best captures, if they can get him cheap and then he can turn himself into an idol at the club.
However, that’s a lot of ifs and they will also be relying on a player to help them sign him, who doesn’t have any immediate interest in the club any more. Aliadiere’s relationship with Wenger is so good, that they don’t really have anything to lose.
Arsenal fans, what do you make of Traore?
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