Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up a move (again) for Hector Herrera to replace Aaron Ramsey when the Welshman moves to Juventus in the summer.
Between now and a replacement arriving at the club, we are bound to see a host of names linked with Arsenal. At the minute, it’s Hector Herrera according to a report from Italy.
Herrera is, apparently, Unai Emery’s ‘favourite’ to replace Ramsey and this is far from the first time the Porto man has been linked with a move to Arsenal. Even before Emery arrived his name was constantly in the mixer.
In January, CalcioMercato wrote that the Herrera ‘likes’ three clubs as options for when his contract expires this summer: Arsenal, Inter Milan, and AS Roma. Meanwhile, TuttoMercatoWeb reported that Arsenal are indeed interested in the midfielder, along with five other teams across Europe.
Back then the S*n wrote that Arsenal wanted Herrera as a ‘replacement for Aaron Ramsey’. The two hardly play a similar role though, so that makes as much sense as most of the nonsense The S*n come out with.
Ramsey, particularly this season, has played a very advanced midfield position, even joining the front three at times under Unai Emery.
Herrera very rarely plays an advanced role, and his game is more suited to a defensive position if anything. He’s a strong tackler and good at winning aerial duels, but he also passes well and has a good through ball and long-shot in him. He’d likely come into Arsenal’s midfield two, or three, depending on the system Emery is playing.
That hasn’t stopped the reports being picked up across Europe and his name being touted as a possible Ramsey replacement.
Herrera is 28 (29 in April). It is not clear what his current salary is with Porto but the average wage in Liga NOS is around €5.5kpw.
We can assume Herrera is earning significantly more than that but he should also be in a wage-bracket that makes him affordable to Arsenal.