Sunday 22 April 2018

Arsene Wenger chasing the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo' in the January transfer window

Goncalo Guedes has emerged as a target for Manchester United
Goncalo Guedes has emerged as a target for Manchester United

You will recall how Arsène Wenger is wont to gaze dreamily whenever a rival world-class players' name is mentioned and assert: "We almost bought him." Angel di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Christian Poulsen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he could have had them all.

Well now, having missed out on them the first time round, it seems he's determined to get their heirs. First up in his team of 'mini-mes' is the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo', Benfica's Goncalo Guedes.

The 19-year-old winger has played twice for Portugal, scoreed three times in 21 league games for the Aguias and is currently under the scrutiny of former Fulham captain and one-time Arsenal bench-warmer Luis Boa Morte.

He plays on the left, which would compensate for the preponderance of predominantly right-footed attacking players at the Emirates, and Boa Morte, in his role as scout for Sporting and Arsenal whisperer has given him a glowing reference, according to the Sun. "How much?" you ask. But answer there is none.

Is there anything worse for a helpless transfer addict than to be tempted - even though bitter experience has taught us not to be so easily gulled - by a headline that says 'Arsenal tie up £30m deal' only to find it's a player they already own signing a new contract. That was the case early on Friday morning when that eager click told us only that Jack Wilshere was about to sign a £110,000 a week deal to take him to 2021.

Meanwhile, the news no Arsenal fan wanted to hear this January: Arsene Wenger is interested in another under-sized attacking midfielder.

The Metro understands that Los Blancos are willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old who arrived at the Bernabeu in 2013.

The former Malaga playmaker was inastrumental in Real Madrid's fulfillment of 'La Decima' in 2014, however since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti the Spaniard has found first team opportunities hard to come by.

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