Spanish sports daily AS are reporting this morning that Arsenal are in negotiations with Real Madrid over Lucas Vasquez.
The deal is apparently being driven by Unai Emery’s desire to bring the player to North London, while Inter, Bayern and PSG are supposedly interested in the 28 year old as well.
The attacking midfielder has spent his entire career with Los Merengues, bar one season on loan at Espanyol, and last season made 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring 5 goals and making 4 assists.
It’s not a particularly impressive return, and he was a key part of Real Madrid’s worst domestic season in years which doesn’t exactly make him hot property.
Zinedine Zidane’s recruitment this summer has left him surplus to requirements, but a price tag of around €35m suggests there’s likely to be a considerable gap between any offer we make and what Real Madrid want.
Arsenal also have to consider the fact that they have a clutch of players between 28 and 30 whose resale value is diminishing every season, and need to prioritise younger signings who can potentially add value to our transfer fund if they mature and develop well.
All things considered, at the price Real Madrid are asking based on what you’d get in return, we reckon this one is going to score a scuttery 9 on the Poo-o-Meter.