Arsenal Transfer News: Are Gunners Interested in Loic Remy?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 11, 2013

Arsenal have reportedly joined the chase for Marseille striker Loïc Rémy, as reports have surfaced about a possible move over the winter transfer window.

The French international was believed to be the subject of interest from both Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers earlier in the transfer window. Now it seems that the North London club have also kept up their interest in the 26-year-old, according to the latest report from The Independent.

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Loïc Rémy from Marseille in a deal that could cost them £10 million.

Arsène Wenger has identified the 26-year-old striker as the forward his side needs to add quality and goals to their attempt to catch Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and finish in the Premier League top four.

Sources in France tonight insisted strong interest from Arsenal makes them favourites to land the France international.

Rémy, who grew up an Arsenal fan, has not ruled out the possibility of staying with Marseilles for the rest of the season but the interest from the north London club is sure to have turned his head.

The Gunners have lacked firepower upfront this season, and Remy would fit nicely into their squad—though we must question whether this is a deal that the North London club would be willing to make at the moment.

Rémy, whilst a good striker, is not at the same level as someone like David Villa or Adrian Lopez, whom the Gunners have been chasing already. And whilst they won't sign the Barcelona man, Lopez remains a genuine chance for Arsene Wenger in the remainder of the transfer window. 

Their attention this transfer window has not been with the likes of Rémy and, as good as he might be, there's a reason for that. For the money they would have to spend to bring him to the Emirates, they would be better served working on other transfer options—such as Lopez or Villa.

Wenger spoke earlier in the week via the club's official website about the club's interests and likely plan of attack for the remainder of the transfer window, indicating that they won't be looking to sign a player like Rémy anytime in the near future:

We do not want to bring in average players. We only want to bring in an exceptional player. At the moment we have not found him.

You are always under pressure to buy in England and every problem [seems like it] has to be sorted out by buying people... Can we afford them? Most of them, yes. A few of them, no. We can afford 90 per cent of them.

With all of that in mind, it seems unlikely that a deal for Rémy will take place in the January transfer window, contrary to the reports.

If the Gunners were to bid the £10 million that they are reportedly considering, even then they may very well not end up landing the French international. Transfermarkt has the 26-year-old listed at around £13-15 million, and thus the Gunners could very well have to up their bid if they were to land the French international this winter.

Arsenal simply aren't going to spend that money on a player they don't need, or particularly even want, at the Emirates right now.

Looks like a no-deal from here.


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