Arsenal are reportedly looking to end their interest in Loic Remy, with the French striker’s wage demands proving the be a problem ahead of a switch from QPR.
Remy has been on the club’s radar for much the summer and makes sense now as another addition with Alexis on board. But the club’s need for Remy isn’t so great that they need to over spend on wages.
The club still have important areas to address, with another central midfielder and goalkeeper standing out. Remy would be a good signing for Arsenal, but not if he can’t curb his demands to suit the club.
In light of this latest stumbling block, here are five alternatives for Arsenal to consider.
AC Milan are still said to be interested in selling Mario Balotelli, but would struggle to get the fee they initially placed on the forward after his generally disappointing World Cup campaign.
Balotelli was strongly linked with Arsenal and looked to tick many of the boxes the club needed. But having just signed Alexis for £30 million, the club are highly unlikely to spend a similar amount on another forward.
However, recent reports indicate Balotelli’s asking price has fallen considerably, with Milan asking for a fee in the region of £15 million. If that’s the case, Arsenal should seriously consider making an offer for the Italian, who is capable of becoming one of Europe’s best.
Wilfried Bony has had another very good season, building on his reputation established in Dutch football by scoring 16 league goals in his debut season in England.
The Swansea striker has been linked with moves to bigger clubs in the Premier League, with Liverpool said to be interested, but he’d also offer a lot to Arsenal’s attack, with the club competing on four fronts next season.
Due to his size, Bony could offer similar qualities to Olivier Giroud, but he also has the ability to be direct, something Giroud rarely offers.
It will be difficult to prise him from Swansea after the club have just loaned Michu to Napoli, but Bony would nevertheless be a boost to Arsenal’s forward line next season.
Lorenzo Insigne was said to be a transfer target for Arsenal before the World Cup, but Napoli were obviously going to price the Italy international out of a move away, such has been his impact at the San Paolo last season.
Insigne may be small in stature, but he makes up for it in pace and clinical finishing. Arsenal have a set of options for the centre-forward role now with Alexis Sanchez signed, but finding a regular starter for the left side of attack is a must. Insigne brings all the direct elements of an attacker that is lost on players like Santi Cazorla.
For the right price, the diminutive forward would be a good signing for Arsenal.
Chelsea are reportedly one of two clubs chasing Napoli’s Jose Callejon, with the Spaniard having worked under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
Callejon has been a surprisingly effective forward over the past few seasons, both in Spain and Italy, despite not possessing the glamour and flair of former teammates at Real Madrid. Last season, in Napoli’s Coppa Italia-winning season, the 27-year-old scored 15 goals in the league alone, with 20 in total.
Callejon is versatile but mostly plays from the wide positions, able to perform from either flank. He’d be a very good alternative to Loic Remy.
With Alexis signed as the club’s marquee forward, it wouldn’t be the worst idea for Joel Campbell to be retained into next season.
It’s been suggested that the Costa Rica striker will go on loan, but such were his performances at the World Cup that he would be considered a good addition to the Arsenal squad for next season.
Campbell’s versatility means he’d offer the same qualities as Loic Remy. The upside is that the club won’t have to spend on another forward, with funds able to be focused elsewhere. There’s a lot of good feeling at the club at present, and without doubt, this is the time to stick with a young prospect who can be of value over the coming campaign.