Tom Cleverley to Arsenal is one of the oddest transfer rumours of this summer. Then again, you wouldn’t put it past Arsene Wenger moving for the Manchester United midfielder. The Arsenal boss either sees a project or a bargain in Cleverley, though neither will be seen as a good enough excuse from the Arsenal supporters.
Cleverley, beyond his work rate, would offer very little to this Arsenal team, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that Wenger always talks up the importance of finding quality his team don’t already have.
There’s no doubt Wenger needs at least one central midfielder this summer, but the England international is not the option, after failing to develop his game at Old Trafford.
With many fans hoping this rumour has little substance, here are five alternatives for Arsenal to consider as a midfield addition.
Sami Khedira had a surprisingly good game against Portugal for Germany on Monday evening. The Real Madrid midfielder missed most of last season due to injury but was straight into the German squad this summer, with Joachim Low well aware of Khedira’s importance on and off the pitch.
Arsenal were recently linked with a £16 million move for the midfielder, who’d help to address the need for a defensive player in the middle of the pitch.
As well as his qualities in front of his back four, Khedira showcased his ability to get forward and latch onto passes from Germany’s hugely talented midfield. Khedira at £16 million would be one of the better signings of this summer.
Arsenal are one of a couple of teams in England reportedly chasing Clement Grenier.
Arsene Wenger was said to have bid for the Lyon midfielder last summer before Grenier signed an extension and opted to stay in France, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Wenger went in again for the 23-year-old. Grenier would make a lot of sense as a midfield addition this summer, with a few of the midfield regulars at Arsenal either the wrong side of 30 or approaching their thirtieth birthday.
Grenier may not convince many who saw Arsenal opt out of re-signing Cesc Fabregas, but above all Arsenal need depth and Grenier would certainly provide that.
If rumours are to be believed, Toni Kroos will be available for £20 million this summer. Arsenal may have opted against re-signing Cesc Fabregas, but there’s no reason why any world-class midfielder can’t be accommodated in the squad.
Kroos, known for his distribution, is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need in the centre of the pitch, someone who can pick up the ball from the defence and initiate attacks. It would be foolish if Wenger ignored Kroos’ potential availability this summer.
Morgan Schneiderlin failed to make it off the bench for France’s win over Honduras, but few are blind to the qualities of the Southampton midfielder.
The 24-year-old looks to be one of the better fits for Arsenal’s midfield needs this summer, and a bid from Wenger should be thought of as out of the question. Southampton are likely to lose a large number of first-choice players this summer, so they’ll look to gain as much from each player’s sale.
Schneiderlin is still young and has adapted extremely well to the Premier League since winning promotion with his current club. He’d be a fine addition at Arsenal this summer.
A lot of major clubs around Europe are said to be getting in on the act of chasing down Daley Blind’s signature after his performance against Spain for the Netherlands.
Among the admirers was Arsene Wenger, who is keen on adding a defensive midfielder to his squad this summer. Blind, who played as a left wing-back against Spain, operates equally as well from a central midfield position.
His versatility is likely a key factor in Wenger’s interest. Such is the rumours of a move and the rise of Blind under Frank de Boer at Ajax, it appears that the 24-year-old will move on this summer. Arsenal would be wise to make a move.