Arsenal’s search for the perfect striker has been endless and the latest stop seems to be Tyneside. Newcastle United’s Demba Ba has been grabbing the attention of Chelsea and QPR of late, with Arsenal being the latest to join his growing list of suitors.
With Arsenal’s summer signing Olivier Giroud struggling to fit into the current system, like so many before him, the club’s search for yet another answer to their attacking conundrum is more than justified.
The club’s current position, outside the Champions League places, will be a worrying factor and their lack of a consistent goal scorer must be addressed this transfer window. Unlike earlier times, Arsene Wenger has decided to chase a player from within the Premier League, primarily with the hope that the “settling in” factor is nullified.
Demba Ba has been in scintillating form for Newcastle United this season, topping the goalscoring charts with eleven goals in seventeen appearances. The Senegalese striker has been a solitary force for Newcastle this season – the club currently languishing in 15th place.
Ba’s contract has a release clause of just £7.5m, making him a perfect snatch for the Gunners. The striker also stated that playing for Arsenal would be a very tempting offer. Newcastle coach, Alan Pardew, seems fairly convinced that he will lose his prized possession this winter as well.
The only worrying factor for Arsenal will be Chelsea’s involvement in this entire saga. With Fernando Torres still unable to do anything right and Victor Moses being their only other option, the Blues might well make a strong push for Newcastle’s Ba.
Moving to the city of Manchester, where high-profile striker Mario Balotelli’s troubles with his club continue. The controversial Italian was recently fined for misconduct and continues to remain Manchester City’s fourth choice striker.
With nothing really working in Balotelli’s favor, Milan and his former club Inter seem to be interested in his services. Milan look set to sell the Brazilian duo of Robinho and Pato, and will hope to use that money to sign the Italian forward.
Inter too are looking for a striker to play second fiddle to Diego Milito and hopefully take over the reign from the Argentine next season. With financial problems troubling Inter, it seems highly unlikely that they will be able to match City’s valuation of Balotelli.
A move to the fashion capital seems highly improbable for Balotelli given the financial states of both clubs, with a lot depending on how much Milan can get from the departures of Robinho and Pato. Six more months of benchwarming seems the most likely future for Balotelli.