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.

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chuffy
chuffy

I hope this is fake news, because he’s average at best. Rather have Nelson or Willock for nothing.

Flash
Flash

Well said… and I hope the management pay much more attention than media to the question of replacing Ramsey. I really feel that we underestimate the importance of losing him.

Lettra
Lettra

If these are Emerys inputs , perhaps he shouldn’t be sent an invitation to the next transfer meeting? I’m sure Freddy has better names who already happen to be at the Emirates.

Archer
Archer

Why do people keep saying we need a replacement for Ramsey? We had an unbalanced midfield when he was here so I really don’t think it’s wise to waste funds trying to replace him rather we should try to find the perfect partner for the crop of players we have.

Goontang
Goontang

Sorry mate I strongly disagree. If we dont replace Ramsey it would be a disaster. Results didnt really go our way since he got injured and we lacked goals from midfield.i get where your coming from but I think you mean we had an unbalanced squad If we had our first 11 available for 50 games of the year. What Ramsey gave us was versatility. CM, number 10 and out wide. The guy throughout his arsenal career played where he was required and did a shift. I cant really see anyone stepping up into that role. The other guy we had doing that left us for free a year ago, and was injured most the time as well.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

I agree in that he shouldn’t be get replaced because we can’t. We just need to change our style of play, rather than look to replace. Like how cesc was a different player to Vieira.

A Different George
A Different George

We were at our best with our four best attackers on the pitch at the same time: Lacazette, Aubameyang, Ozil, and Ramsey.

A Different George
A Different George

We could have had Ramsey for nothing.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

We could have had him for 250k a week. That’s a lot for a player who is injury prone and up till that point hadn’t performed to expectation.

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

I don’t know why us fans worry about what the players are making. We seem to be the only team worried about ffp and where the most expensive ticket in the land. How is the owner and the board getting away with this shit?

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

More meh…

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Bucket loads of meh being shovelled this Summer!

SciGunner
SciGunner

I guess Arsenal is like the creepy guy on Tinder randomly swiping right……

Goontang
Goontang

Average player at best. Would seriously prefer to play Kolasinac as a winger than this guy, especially if Tierney comes in, then Sead wont have to worry about his shit defence so much.

Archer
Archer

Kola is wasteful in possession and is predictable when dribbling. Niles would be a better fit there.

Thomasinhio
Thomasinhio

But he tanks through the ranks

Goontang
Goontang

Except he gets in such good attacking positions that he finds himself free to get crosses into the box or atleast attempt to get them into the right decisions. Imagine if we said okay mate, forget about defending so much. He doesn’t have triple step overs if that’s what you mean, but he certainly gets behind the defence a hell of alot, even as an fullback.

Wasteful in possession yes. Nothing wrong with his end product when in counts. Would love to see what he can do with more freedom in the opposition half.

Glasgow Gooner
Glasgow Gooner

Agreed. He’s a give it all type of player. Doesn’t mind getting stuck in. I’d definitely try him out there.

ozenal
ozenal

A loan player who has experience to backup the development of the kids.

Fine but you know Real will be asking for a sizeable loan fee for a player in his prime years. He will be very close to an unsaleable 30 years old when we are done with him.

Ryo Miyachi
Ryo Miyachi

Forget it lads, we’ll most probably loan some unknown 30+ year olds and have Bellerin and Holding as LANS going into the new season.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

This sadly kinda looks like an Emery type of deal and player, which is exactly why I don’t want him involved in recruitment.

I already had concerns when Ornstein mentioned he wanted both Nzonzi and that other 30 year old, and that was before we got Denis Suarez.

Emery just doesn’t seem to be a youth type of guy.

Orse
Orse

Spot on! Just look at Emery’s past, he mostly relied on experienced players for short- to middle-term success (i.e. winning the Europa League). He’s good at that, but he is the wrong guy for Project Youth.

Drew
Drew

Except last season Guendouzi got more minutes than almost every other player??

Bamzee Blaze
Bamzee Blaze

Without any reasonable return, yet he kept playing him over Willock and Smith-Rowe despite the fact that they had better numbers than him in lesser amount of games. The same Emery who thought Guendouzi is better than The Jeff. The same Emery who loaned out Calum Chambers to prioritise game time for Mustafi. The same Emery of Denis Suarez debacle. I do not trust that man with any meaningful transfer. When he is not getting the wrong sort of youngsters, he his busy ticking of his previous Spanish linked players that might not really be a good fit for the Premier league.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

Erm, no he didn’t but yeah he was used a lot.
I think people misunderstand when I say a project youth; Douzi was used because though raw, can still provide a certain quality pretty much none of our other midfielders bar Torreira and (now gone) Ramsey.

It doesn’t change the fact he’s more of a short termisr, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s pragmatic.

But that may clash with a More long term project.

Alex
Alex

Guendouzi didn’t come via UE.

A P
A P

Emery got Guendouzi wrong as well.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Have seen him play enough times to realise he is not the answer to our problems,

John C
John C

5 goals and 4 assists last season is like signing another AI, no thanks they can keep him.

Modern football has evolved to a place where those playing in the attacking third have to contribute goals and assists or you have no chance.

Stuey
Stuey

Underwhelming.

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

Now just sit back and watch people going crazy over Vasquez as if they have watched him play all their lives.
He ‘Average’ at best.

Timsh
Timsh

I actually think he is a very good player.
You play 47 games a season for Real Madrid if you’re average.
He also played a lot as right back which goes some way to esplain his offensive stats.

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

Ok.

Kareem
Kareem

He has hardly played at right back.
A handful of times at most.

But he is a defensive winger.
His primary job is to bring balance to the team, and chip in attack when possible.

A great squad player for Madrid, but not what Arsenal need (i.e. a starting winger)

Deo
Deo

I actually remember watching him play while Bale was on the bench (before Zidane quit) and thinking how average he is.

Rob67
Rob67

This is a non starter.

JCNY
JCNY

Bring back Sven.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Our recruitment really really sucks…

Gunner142
Gunner142

If not Zaha, get Fraser. Fraser>>Vasquez

Santori
Santori

Fraser is average

yura910721
yura910721

I think Vasquez is not as bad as people view, although I haven’t seen too of much of Real Madrid playing, but whenever I saw, he would usually quite productive and useful creatively. Real fell apart against Ajax when they lost him and Vinicius, so I wouldn’t mind if manage to get him.

charles
charles

i would rather have arsene wenger on the wings than this guy , can’t dribble, can’t cross, can’t pass infact CAN’T should be his middle name. I wonder why we’re not being linked to ramsey replacements yet or we want to change our game style

Santori
Santori

He’s a decent player but my issue would be age.

Preferably, we need someone 23-26yrs.

Ziyech, Carrasco, Zaha, Fekir, Thauvin.

Lozano, Neres, Everton slightly younger but very interesting prospects.

There’s a lot of options so we need to be patient with this one but prepared to pay the 25-35m range. Likely we may see some reduction in asking price as our ‘competition’ fall away but you generally pay for what you get with creative players (unless the club does not want to sell as in the case of Zaha in which case its flogging a dead horse or your wasting money)

Santori
Santori

I think if we finesse it and draw it out till some of the bigger players in market have satiated their needs (Spurs, Liverpool, United, Chelsea, city, Juve, Bayern, PSG, RM and Barca), we have opportunity to bargain down on price.

We know Chelsea have committed some money and are tied to a transfer ban now.

City have paid 62m + for Rodri next a Cback (Maguire maybe)

United have paid 52m = for Wan Bissaka.

Greizzman to Barca? Hazard has gone to RM (hence surplus in their squad)

Rabiot to Juventus etc.

So things are beginning to move.

Santori
Santori

https://www.goal.com/en-us/news/how-arsenal-fooled-spurs-to-sign-ozil-and-fund-madrids-bale/111kdcqqvdxmh1qc7xq86q97ot

Worth the read.

Dispels the common myth that Arsene and Dick Law “panic buy”. Or before you lay in to Gazidis like the rest of the sheep, maybe you should have something called ‘an open mind”…not an empty one.

The man who refuses to spend two quid over his evaluation of Luis Suarez panic buys?

As I mentioned way back, this deal for Ozil was predicated on the Bale move.

Interesting tid bits as to how Gazidis and Law had to maneuver to fool Levy into thinking nothing was going on.

Clearly all the groundwork was laid before Wenger pulled the trigger.

Clearly there’s more to the craft of negotiation than some people on the Arsenal fan social media would prefer to imagine back then.

And clearly Lukas Podolski (we love him) has a big gob.

Either way how Levy must loath RM.

Santori
Santori

May be something brewing under the surface.

We may have several targets (see the recent article on how we signed Ozil)

If they need to sell or move on, a number of names will be on the list.

Cebellos, Vasquez.

BOTH players that we could well do with. Vasquez another in a wide range of wingers available in market we can go for beyond wasting our time with Palace and Zaha or over committing money there.

Clearly many options equals propensity for a lower price particularly as the apex predators above us fall off.

I don’t think its likely RM will sell or rent us two players but one of them could be a possibility depending on the opportunities available for those players at the Spanish club next season.

And if say Cebellos comes in on loan, not necessarily a bad thing as we have to stretch our meagre budget and bring quality in with 40m (plus hopefully a bit of change for players we can move on)

If we don’t find the prefect solution for middle of the park (Torreira hasn’t been it), then we should not rush into committing into another player. A loan with option to buy (much like Chelsea with Kovacic) is both good incentive for the player and keeps our own options open next summer.

As for Vasquez, he’s an experienced and talented wide player. We have needed one for many seasons now particularly since we lost the Ox, Walcott, Gnabry, Sanchez.

Iwobi needs to be balanced out on the other flank even if Nelson comes in next season. We need at least 3 good options.

There’s a good list of options in market but we should not under hand ourselves with players like Claude-Maurice (god forbid) from Ligue 2 or over estimate the next Brazilian wonder kid in Martinelli from fourth division Brazil.

We need a proven player out wide to come in.

Mhkitaryan was a waste of time and Mslintat did not provide either of Wenger or Emery with the player we really needed to add creativity and penetration (one on one)

Hopefully we keep focus and get the business done this time instead of scattered effort everywhere and wasting money on positions (like Lback) that can frankly wait another season.

George
George

“…while Inter, Bayern and PSG are supposedly interested in the 28 year old as well.”

Yes, yes I’m sure. What’s Vasquez’s agent’s name anyway?

Glasgow Gooner
Glasgow Gooner

It would be ideal if the youngsters developed well and we kept them !

Santori
Santori

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh9yzNAcFgE

Not sure why some people think he is ‘average’

Certainly possesses plenty of technical ability, spatial awareness and tracks back defensively.

Far better than say Ryan Fraser.

My only concern would be age but in terms of what we need , craft, guile, ability to find short spaces beat players one on one, no where near average to me.