Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with a host of defensive midfielders this summer. The need of both for reinforcements in that particular area has also been well documented. While Arsenal require an upgrade over the young Francis Coquelin who emerged as an Arsenal regular last season, Liverpool themselves need an upgrade over Lucas Leiva , who has been struggling for form and fitness over the last couple of years.
Both the clubs have now been linked with a move for 29-year-old Fenerbahce defensive midfielder , who was a standout performer for the Turkish club last season. The Turkish International is valued at just €7 million, which will surely be an appealing price for both the aforementioned duo.
The experienced player can solve a lot of conundrums both the clubs. Lucas is allegedly heading towards an exit with Inter Milan touted as his next destination. That will likely leave Liverpool without a specialist defensive midfielder within their ranks. Topal will be an attractive proposition for Brendan Rodgers at such a low price.
Arsenal, meanwhile , are looking for an upgrade on the promising youngster Francis Coquelin , who is still inexperienced at the top level. Topal has the experience to act as a mentor to the youngster as well as the ability to be the first choice for at least a couple of years, at least until Coquelin gains the required experience and knowhow under his tutelage. Arsene Wenger has been regarded throughout his storied career for astute signings and fans will be hoping he makes another in Mehmet Topal.
With a passing accuracy of 87% last season in the Turkish Super Lig, the player is well suited to the playing style of both clubs. With both clubs rivals in the chase for Champions League qualification, this early face off has the potential to turn decisive come the end of next season.
However, to the delight of Gooners, the Metro are claiming that an unnamed London club has reportedly submitted a €7 million offer for the player. It seems like Monsieur Wenger is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to regain the Premier League title.