Spanish media outlet fichajes.net are suggesting that Arsenal are ‘close’ to the signature of the highly prized Athletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez.
Lopez will appeal to Arsene on a number of levels. At 24 he has a significant career span ahead of him and is a sought after commodity now and not another of the boss’ player names on a very long list marked, ‘one for the future.’
Perhaps it’s a quirk of Google translate but the choice of words describing the striker situation at The Emirates is chillingly apt. Arsenal fans have not only lost one of their greatest goal scorers but have had to suffer the ignominy of watching him become positively reborn at rivals Manchester United.
The London club has failed to digest the departure of Robin Van Persie and that it is taking its toll this season.
Why would Athletico sell such a talent? Well selling is endemic in Spain right now as La Liga faces economic meltdown from the Euro zone crisis. The estimated level of debt is estimated at 6 billion euros ($7.4 billion).
Spanish football is in a very tricky, very difficult financial situation.
Jose Maria Gay [Economics Professor] Barcelona University.
According to the Spanish government the combined debt of the teams in the top two divisions is $988 million from unpaid taxes alone last spring, plus perhaps as much as another $750 million in missed contributions to the social security system.
Michael Laudrup has bought well. I must say for someone who knows the Spanish market, it is maybe a good period to sign players because the clubs are in trouble financially and you can make bargains there.
So in conclusion it’s a no brainer. The selling club would surely be tempted, the player and Arsenal would be a great fit. And the buying club aren’t broke. So what might be the problem? Perhaps it’s a little early to put those black scarves away just yet.