Melo to Arsenal is ON
May 5, 2010
History tells us Wenger never gives up on his man.
Rosicky was monitored for a number of years, we missed signing him when he left Sparta Prague, in the Summer of 2001, for Germany.
AW finally cashed in on the Czech international during the Summer of 2006.
Felipe Melo is a player I personally rate very highly, he is obviously a player the manager also rates as he had a bid rejected by Fiorentina last Summer, before he moved to Juventus for close to £25M.
I doubt he rejected us, more likely the cash offer we made was nowhere the amount the Old Lady of Italian football could muster.
Following a poor season for both Melo and Juventus, a parting is very much on the cards.
According to well respected Italian journalist and Transfer insider Fabio Santini, of the Tuttosport daily newspaper, Wenger will indeed have his man this coming Summer, and at a fraction of the price Juventus paid for him last year.
The bone crunching, aggressive midfielder is exactly the type of player needed at the club.
Readers should be aware of a common misconception when understanding what role the Brazilian will take up at the heart of the Arsenal side.
He can certainly play as the out and out defensive midfield enforcer, protecting the back four and spraying passes to the clever footballers in front of him.
I see his natural role as being more box-to-box, he can help out in defence and he can also join the attack, he certainly has the Brazilian touch and vision to be deployed in a more attacking role if the need be.
Essentially, he would be competition for Diaby, as opposed to Song, who he could do a splendid job in covering for if injuries/suspensions arise.
Diaby has been a huge let down over the past 6 weeks, after starting the season so well, he has fizzled out, badly.
I’m sure he will come back stronger next season, following a pre-season without a World Cup, but he needs hard competition for his place to push him to the next level.
Melo is the ultimate midifielder for us, he can play all three roles, DM (Song), CM (Diaby), and even AM (Cesc), such a truly World-class player, who is no longer just a young prospect, as will be highlighted during the World Cup, is exactly the kind of headline grabbing transfer the boss needs to make to put a little ease back into the supporters minds.
Chamakh is sealed, Melo looks highly likely given the transfer track record of the Italian journalist… who next?