Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Lukasz Piszczek Is Smart, but Unlikely Move in Summer
Arsenal will reportedly enter the transfer window with a budget of around £70 million as they look to add a number of new players to their squad for the year ahead.
According to The Telegraph, one of those players the Gunners are reportedly looking to sign this summer is Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek. The club is believed to view the Poland international as a replacement for the outgoing Bacary Sagna, who is off contract in 2014.
Arsenal have been regularly scouting the performances of Lukasz Piszczek, the Borussia Dortmunnd right back in preparation for the potential summer departure of Bacary Sagna. Piszczek, a 27-year-old Poland international, has been a regular in the Dortmund team that has reached the Champions League final and Arsene Wenger has requested a series of reports on his progress over recent months.
Sagna’s contract expires in 2014 and Arsenal are reluctant to offer more than a one-year extension for a player who is now 30 and has clearly struggled physically over the past year after coming back from two broken legs.
For Arsenal, it's easy to see why there's interest in Piszczek.
The Dortmund defender has been superb for the German giants this season and has been fundamental to their strong performances in both Germany and in Europe.
He has netted two goals this year but has more importantly chalked up nine assists in his 38 appearances to date. He is averaging 2.5 tackles and 1.7 interceptions, and creating over 1.5 goalscoring chances for others per game whilst completing 80 percent of his passes.
Piszczek is the attacking defender that the Gunners would love working down the right flank to complement the likes of Nacho Monreal on the left, and he is also a strong player when asked to fulfill his defensive responsibilities, which is where the North London outfit have been found wanting at times.
He is, by all accounts, a smart and savvy player for Arsenal to pursue.
However, as much money as Wenger may want to throw at the defender, it's unlikely to be anything more than just a pipe dream for Arsenal this transfer season.
For whatever they can offer Piszczek, Borussia Dortmund can do the same. If the German giants go on to clinch the Champions League title May 25, the Gunners can seemingly kiss goodbye to their hopes of signing the Polish star.
Piszczek is under contract at Dortmund until 2016 and having already been burned by a buyout clause this year, the Germans are unlikely to allow that contract to get too close to its expiration date. He is fundamental to the attacking system that Jurgen Klopp loves to run—especially in the Bundesliga—and it's hard to see him being allowed to simply walk away this summer without a fight.
Arsenal would need to pay big, and Dortmund would have to be willing to sell him—something I cannot quite see either team doing over the transfer window.
Piszczek is a smart but unrealistic transfer target this summer.
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