Arsenal are reportedly prepared to give Real Madrid starlet Borja Mayoral a wage offer he cannot refuse, as the teenage wonderkid sits in dispute with the Liga giants over his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Spanish media outlet Fichajes (h/t Mark Brus of Metro) claims the 18-year-old "wants to be on the same money" earned by Norway international prodigy Martin Odegaard after producing a strong goalscoring record for Madrid's youth teams.
The Spain under-19 attacker could find his way to the Premier League if Los Blancos do not bow to his demands, with manager Arsene Wenger ready to tempt the attacker with substantial personal terms.
Mayoral currently features for Madrid's Castilla side as a striker and has represented the senior first team—playing once in La Liga, per Brus. The player is a native of the Spanish capital, born in the suburban community of Parla.
However, a potential deal may have been scuppered on Thursday after FIFA announced on its official website that Madrid will be banned from registering new players until 2017. The sanction is likely to see Real unwilling to let players leave during the period, halting Arsenal's ambitions.
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Mayoral would give Wenger a quality, young, attacking option from the bench, supplementing Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the striker's role. However, Real's transfer ban could force the Gunners to evaluate other options in the short term, if they require an attacking player in January.
Arsenal maintained their place at the top of the Premier League with a 3-3 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday. Former England captain Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport—when delivering punditry on the match—that he believes the Gunners are short of a top-class midfielder in order to grab the title in 2016 (h/t Luke Gardener of the Daily Star):
I think they need a dominant real force in midfield, I think a Pogba-type, that sort of stature. A Toure-type. You look at someone even like Wanyama who is a big strong lad.
Someone physical when the going gets tough, who is not only physically good but can play positionally as well.
I think they'll add real steel to the team because they've got all the finesse, they've got all the creativity and they've got the legs.
But I just think that sometimes when they go away from home they need a big, big strong player in there, the Vieira, the Petit.
Wenger has added a midfielder to his squad in the form of defensive-minded Mohamed Elneny. The player said the transfer gave him an "indescribable feeling," per the club's official website, providing the Arsenal manager a deeper option in the centre.
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The 23-year-old is a significant capture for the league leaders, but he will not offer the capabilities of entities such as Paul Pogba or Yaya Toure. The former Basel player will carry the ball forward and join up with the attack, but he is not a world-class operator.
Arsenal's most successful years were with Patrick Vieira dominating the centre of the park, and, as Ferdinand claims, Wenger needs a physical presence to balance out the flair he has in his squad—allowing the Gunners to power through opponents when needed.
Elneny is a good squad addition, but he will need significant time to adjust to the hectic environment of the Premier League and the demands of the English game.