The January transfer window may still be many weeks away but Arsenal have already been linked with a move for yet another striker.
All eyes on the Real Madrid graduate
Jese Rodriguez has yet to establish himself as a first team regular since making the permanent switch from Real Madrid Castilla in 2013 and it is believed that the 22-year-old is considering his options.
If Arsenal are going to bag the striker, not only will they have to convince Real to part with one of their prized academy products, but they may also have to fend off the advances of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Italian club Inter Milan.
Chelsea were said to be interested back in the summer, while recent reports in Italy ( via Gazzetta dello Sport) have also suggested that the Milan club are keen on a loan move for the player. The presence of an Inter scout at last week’s Champions League game against PSG has further fuelled rumours of Italian swoop for the player.
Loan or permanent deal?
If Arsenal do make a move, a loan arrangement would make sense for both parties. Los Blancos Coach Rafa Benitez is not keen on a permanent sale, and it would offer Arsene Wenger the chance to see how well the player can adapt to the Premier League.
The player also suffered a cruciate ligament injury last year and has only started handful of games since.
Could it actually happen?
Arsenal have been linked with a number of strikers over the last few transfer windows. However, it has become clear that the Gunners will not make a move for a player unless the conditions are right. The chances of Jese arriving at the Emirates will depend greatly on the terms of the loan arrangement and whether they suit Arsene Wenger’s plans.
If there is no option to buy and Real Madrid just want to send the player on loan to gain experience, then another destination may be more suitable.
Would Jese be a good fit?
With Danny Welbeck injured and Theo Walcott also a regular in the treatment room, Arsenal could certainly use some striking reinforcements; however, Jese would be gamble.
He has a great scoring record but has been used sparingly in the top flight and rarely makes the starting XI at Real Madrid. It will be a asking a lot for the Las Palmas-born youngster to hit the ground running in the Premier League.
It must also be considered that Jese no longer plays as an out and out striker and is often used in a wide midfield role or on either side of a front three. So rather than playing up front, the Spaniard may be better suited to slot into the right-hand side position currently occupied by Joel Campbell.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott all struggling to stay fit in that position, it may explain Wenger’s interest in bringing in the promising youngster.
Written by Neil Morris
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