Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Youngsters Who Could Bring Life to Wenger's Lineup
If there's one thing Arsenal fans can usually trust in any transfer window, it's that Arsene Wenger will take a gamble on young talent. With only two days left of the winter window, there are plenty of youthful gems on Wenger's radar.
Among them is a talented Dutch midfield ace who has been prompted by his manager to join the Gunners. There is also a young Brazilian who is meriting acclaim for his performances in Italy.
If Wenger's search for a striker gathers pace, he could consider a promising Real Madrid reserve forward.
Here are the five youngsters who could still be acquired to boost Wenger's squad this month.
5. Jetro Willems, Left-Back, PSV Eindhoven
Cat-quick young full-back Jetro Willems would be a useful addition for the Gunners. The PSV Eindhoven star could provide cover and even challenge incumbents Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna for playing time.
Back in November, TransferMarketWeb.com suggested Arsenal's interest in the talented 18-year-old. It would take a lot to pry him away from the current Eredivisie leaders, however, Willems' potential and technical assurance on the ball would certainly justify a decent investment.
4. Jorginho, Midfielder, Hellas Verona
Versatile midfielder Jorginho has been mooted as a possible January target for Wenger. ForzaItalianFootball.com has suggested that Arsenal could secure a winter move for the 20-year-old Brazilian.
Capable of playing wide or in the middle, Jorginho has excelled for Hellas Verona in Italian football's second tier. Another player comfortable on the ball and possessing plenty of energy, Jorginho would be a useful addition to the midfield ranks.
Metro reports that Jorginho's current deal contains a £3.5 million buyout clause, only available to clubs outside of Italy. Wenger could capitalise and hope Jorginho makes more of an impact in North London than recent Brazilian imports, hapless duo Denilson Neves and Andre Santos.
3. Will Hughes, Midfielder, Derby County
If Wenger is keen to continue his drive to recruit more domestic talent and potential, he could be tempted by Derby County youth Will Hughes. Wenger has already been linked with interest in the tricky and clever young passer.
The Daily Telegraph suggested the Gunners were scouting the 17-year-old, back in November. With the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta reaching "veteran" status, Arsenal could use another crafty midfield schemer.
Hughes could join Jack Wilshere to guarantee technical excellence in Arsenal's midfield for years to come.
2. Adam Maher, Midfielder, AZ Alkmaar
Ultra-talented midfield schemer Adam Maher would be a steal for the Gunners this month. He has the creative flair and technical ingenuity that defines Arsenal's attacking style of play.
Maher currently thrives for Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar. His cultured, confident performances have generated interest from across Europe, including Arsenal.
Goal.com recently reported that AZ boss Gertjan Verbeek feels a move to Arsenal would be best for the promising 19-year-old. Maher is certainly a player on the rise and would add genuine quality to the squad, even at a crowded position.
For the way Wenger loves Arsenal to play, he can never have enough skilled, midfield playmakers. Maher fits the bill perfectly.
1. Alvaro Morata, Striker, Real Madrid
It's little wonder, given Morata's tremendous potential. A skilled target man, the 20-year-old combines elegance on the ball with a natural physical presence. That could make Morata the perfect understudy to Olivier Giroud.
If Wenger is looking for cover along the front line, he needs a youthful prospect. Morata is the kind of player the Frenchman could quickly mould into a star.