Arsenal are gearing up for a busy transfer summer ahead as Arsene Wenger strives to mount a credible assault on the Premier League title next season. With Petr Cech already in the bag, the Frenchman finally has a world class goalkeeper to call upon after several frustrating seasons of having to rely on mediocrity in that position. With the mooted links to high caliber players like William Carvalho, Arturo Vidal , Ezequiel Garay and Karim Benzema, Arsenal fans are eagerly anticipating a formidable challenge on all fronts in what is widely believed to be Wenger’s penultimate campaign at the helm.
With latest reports ,courtesy of Metro and Italian outlet Sport Mediaset, claiming that the Gunners are set to move for Napoli winger Jose Callejon, the crescendo of hope and expectations has seemingly risen among the fans. The 28-year-old Spanish winger is reportedly willing to sign for Arsenal following the departure of Azurri manager Rafael Benitez to Real Madrid, and the publication has claimed that talks between both clubs are set to begin over a £17.9 million deal.
It was Benitez who brought Callejon to Naples in the first place, signing the winger in 2013 in a €10 million deal from Real Madrid. Capable of playing as an attacking midfielder and a striker in addition to his preferred role on the wing, the player has been a huge success at Napoli, netting 26 goals in 75 Serie A appearances for the club, despite mostly playing as a right sided forward.
It is this ability to contribute goals from wide forward positions that has seemingly caught Wenger’s eye, with the Frenchman witnessing first hand the advantage of having such a player last season in Alexis Sanchez. He is now looking to pair the Chilean superstar with Callejon on the other wing, thereby providing the North Londoners with a plethora of goal scoring options out wide.
At just 28, the former Real Madrid man is still very much in the prime of his career, and Arsenal fans will be hoping his move can spark the much awaited title challenge next term.
Interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Europa League winners Sevilla has also been quoted in the last few days, but it seems likely that the Gunners have won the race for his signature. Pacy, skillful and direct, Callejon will provide the Gunners with an option that Wenger initially had envisaged for Lukas Podolski.
These are heady days at the Emirates, and Gooners are all hoping as one that their champion manager can finally strike a deadly combination to land the Premier League title after an agonizing wait of 12 years. Callejon’s arrival further adds belief to this all-encompassing hope.