Arsene Wenger Could Sign a Quality Defender from Palermo for £10m

Robin SAnalyst IMay 24, 2010

Italian club Palermo has revealed their willingness to sell adept defender Simon Kjaer. The highly-rated Danish centre-half is a well known figure in Europe.

His imposing physique would be a welcome addition to the Arsenal defense that lacks the vigour needed to shut down agile strikers.

Last season, Arsenal conceded over 40 goals, and that's not the number one would associate with a team vying for the League title.

Although Thomas Vermaelen did a remarkable job in his first season in the Premiership, his partners at the back weren't up to the task.

William Gallas did a decent job before getting injured, and if it wasn't for Sol Capmbell, Arsenal would have surely conceded a few more than what they eventually did.

But Campbell isn't growing any younger, and Wenger hasn't yet renewed his contract.

Mikael Silvestre is also set to "escape" from Arsenal on a free transfer after reaching the end of his current contract this summer.

Also, the negotiations for extending Gallas' contract seem to have stalled, and he too will be departing this summer.

That means Wenger will lose a couple of defenders which leaves him with no option but to spend big.

Arsenal's current defensive woes could only be solved by bringing in aggressive defenders capable of hassling and harrying opponents.

Siman Kjaer is a promising young defender who's destined to play for a top-class club sooner or later.

His strong physique implies that he will not get bullied by tougher opponents, and this is the sort of player managers would like to have in the Premiership to successfully tame the likes of Drogba and Co.

Palermo disclosed that Kjaer has a £10m release clause in his contract—applied only to foreign clubs.

This could entice Wenger, who's desperate to shore up his sinking defense.

Recently, Manchester United spent a similar figure to sign Chris Smalling, who snubbed Arsenal for Sir Alex Ferguson's team.

If Arsenal succeed in landing Kjaer it will be dubbed as a better buy than the one done by Ferguson for a similar fee.

Arsenal have long been linked with Kjaer and there's no reason why Arsenal will sit back when Palermo is inviting bids from foreign clubs.

Juventus is also interested in the player after refusing to extend the contract of aging stalwart Cannavaro.

Anyway, Arsenal needs a defender then why not Kjaer?