Arsenal are interested in signing Chelsea's Salomon Kalou after contract talks between the player and his club broke down. Daily Mail report that the player is demanding a £90,000-a-week wage, a demand Chelsea are unwilling to meet.
Following this development, Arsenal are said to have made a £3million enquiry for the Ivory Coast international.
Here's what Your Truly (YT) thinks.
Salomon Kalu is a good player who plays mainly as a Winger for Chelsea. He could add age and experience to Arsenal, but what's the use of buying him when Arsenal already have good players in this position?
Unless, of course, he's to be bought as replacement for Andre Arshavin, if it transpires that Arshavin is really to be sold this January. It could then be argued that Kalu would be the cover for Gervinho on the left flank.
But here's a major mitigating factor to the news coming to pass.
Kalou is already away at the Africa Cup of Nations, so he can't provide the immediate cover Arsenal would need for this position. He'd be as tired as both Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh when the AFCON is over. So unless this is long-term cover, what's the use of buying now?
A bigger consideration is this.
If Kalou is asking for £90,000 a week, how are Arsenal going to afford the wages, with the club's current salary cap at the same amount?
If, as reported, the club is haggling with Theo Walcott over his £85,000-a-week demand, how does it make sense to go for a player who will cost more but is hardly better than Walcott?
Are we to imagine that he'd sign for Arsenal at lesser wages, or are Arsenal going to raise the salary cap and increase players' salary across the board?
This last question we can contemplate, but it's not going to happen. Arsenal are not in position to raise salaries at present.
Salary issues beside, Kalou is already cup-tied in the Champions League. So unless he's to be bought with an eye for next season? How is signing him going to be useful to Arsenal...now?
In conclusion, therefore, YT thinks, this news should be dismissed as baseless rumor. But he's interested in hearing what you think.
Meanwhile, here's a player Arsenal could sign: Jordan Rhodes. This is what a fellow Gooner says about him (See my B/R page.):
This signing seems a brilliant idea. I mean he can play both in the number 9 and number 10 roles (as he does have the work ethic to play in midfield) and would be versatile enough to play on the wing (not for a long period of games though).
If West Ham buy him which looks like they really want to considering they have upped their bid twice for him, it would be a real shame considering if he did well at the Hammers his value would be between £15-20million.
He is 21 as of now and is very strong. Has the ability to maybe even make an impact right away as a number 10.
EPL Talk adds more perspective:
He started 2011-12 with 13 goals in his first 12 games in all competitions and scored back to back hat-tricks in October against Exeter and Preston.
The striker is currently on a run of 12 league goals in his last five matches, thanks largely to scoring five of the six goals scored last time out away at Wycombe. As well as scoring five in a game, this season has seen Rhodes score all four goals in a 4-4 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Currently in the league’s goal-scoring charts he sits nine goals clear of Charlton’s Bradley Wright-Phillips in second place. Rhodes’ chance conversion rate is 33% and shooting accuracy is 61%. This is clearly a striker who knows where the back of the net is.
Jordan Rhodes has been scouted already by Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur, but Harry Redknapp denies that spurs are interested in the lad.
As for Arsenal, one must assume that where young talents are, there Arsenal will be. The question is whether Arsenal should sign every young talent that appears on the horizon.