According to Prarthito Maity at the International Business Times, Arsenal will sign Real Madrid reserve midfielder Esteban Granero for £6 million.
Likelihood of the transfer: Likely.
I've been hearing this transfer for quite sometime now, so where is there is smoke, there must be fire.
It makes sense, it's under the radar, it's value for money and Granero being a high-IQ footballer, he fits well into Arsène Wenger's team.
Granero up to Arsenal's standard: Remains to be seen.
Which Arsenal are we talking about? An Arsenal trying to imitate the Invincibles? Or an Arsenal who just want to be competitive? If it's the latter option, yes. If it's the former, no.
There's a reason why he has failed to become an integral member of this Real Madrid team twice.
Can he succeed in the Premier League: Maybe.
Granero will give you 6/10 performances, certainly 10/10 on effort, but I see more Denílson- than Patrick Vieira-like performances.
Keep this in mind, I remember Esteban Cambiasso looking on the outer at Los Blancos, and it was Inter Milan who gave the Argentine a chance.
In fact, Vieira failed at A.C. Milan and it was Wenger who gave him a chance.