With Danny Welbeck out and Alexis Sánchez suffering a setback, Arsenal must be tempted to look for a striker in January.
The Gunners haven’t been able to use Welbeck yet this season, while Alexis could have been back but now won’t be available until mid-January. Step up, Aleksandr Kokorin.
Linked with a move to London in the summer, when Arsenal allegedly had a loan bid rejected, the Russia striker has just six months remaining on his Dynamo Moscow contract and could leave the club this winter for a low price.
According to France Football, Arsenal have agreed a €6m deal with the club, but the move may not go through. The fee is settled upon, but Arsenal supposedly only want to pursue the transfer if there is an injury crisis.
“Striker injury-crisis” essentially refers to if Danny Welbeck has another set-back. France Football explain it as an arrangement “in case”.
— Get French Football (@GFN_France) December 22, 2015
For just €6m (£4.5m) is it really worth the risk? What if Welbeck suffers a stack halfway through February? For this reason, the report seems a little odd. If Arsenal want a £4.5m player there’s no harm in signing Kokorin and then not using him should Welbeck return soon.
It’s an odd one, but the constant links with Kokorin, Wenger’s bullishness over transfers, and the player’s situation mean this really is a deal we should keep an eye on, even if it’s unlikely.