Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Should Pay Whatever It Takes for Vicente Guaita
With reports suggesting that Valencia have turned down an offer from Arsenal for goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, the London club should seriously reconsider its offer with Guaita being the man who needs to replace Wojciech Szczesny.
Ben Jefferson in the Express reported that Arsenal had flown representatives out to Spain in an attempt to tie up a deal for the 26-year-old.
However, ITV reported that negotiations had quickly broken down due to the two clubs' valuations being some distance apart:
Arsenal's bid to sign Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita has been rejected according to reports in Spain.
Gunners representative Richard Law flew out to Spain this week where he discussed the transfer with Valencia negotiators in a restaurant.
Although they failed to reach common ground on the Spanish goalkeeper's valuation, the Gunners may return with an improved offer later in the transfer window.
And that is exactly what the North London-based club should do.
It is unclear as to whether Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to replace current goalkeeper Szczesny with Guaita, but that would be the smart thing to do.
Wenger, throughout the recent years, has rotated his No. 1 goalkeeper due to a lack of consistency with the men between the sticks—not something that the likes of Manchester United (when Edwin van der Sar was playing), Chelsea or Barcelona ever have to contend with.
Wenger's faith in the Polish custodian was severely tested last season following a number of high-profile errors. And Szczesny's season didn't get off to the best of starts with a substandard performance in Arsenal's 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa.
Lacking conviction when racing off his line to collect the ball, the Gunners' back line often chose to deal with the danger themselves with Szczesny caught in no-man's land a number of times.
With this quandary facing Wenger so early on into the season, the best option would be to find a replacement for Poland's No. 1—with no better available replacement than Guaita.
The 6'3” Spaniard is a graduate of Valencia's youth system, signing in 2005. Following the retirement of Santiago Canizares, Guaita was called up to the first team. However, with German stopper Timo Hildebrand, then Cesar Sanchez preferred in goal, Guaita went on loan to Recreativo de Huelva where he won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy—the division's best goalkeeper award—as he conceded just 24 times in 30 appearances.
The Spaniard returned to his parent club, establishing himself as the No. 1 in November 2010 and, barring a few minor injuries that kept him out of action for a handful of games at a time, has held onto his spot.
Commanding, agile and with great vision, Guaita is sure to be his national side's first-choice goalkeeper in a few years as Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina enter the latter stages of their career. And with his stock not tremendously high presently, there couldn't be a better time for Wenger to snap up Spain's future No. 1.
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