The departure of one young player could lead to the arrival of another for Arsenal.
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will be spending the 2013/14 season on loan with Bundesliga side SC Freiburg.
Having signed a new contract with the Club in 2012, Coquelin will look to gain further experience and build up his playing time as he joins Christian Streich’s Freiburg side.
This is a smart plan, as the 22-year-old midfielder only made 11 appearances in the English Premier League this past season, starting only three matches. Although he has shown promise, there might not be too many more chances to play next season.
Instead, he can spend a year in the Bundesliga while getting valuable experience and hopefully come back ready to perform at a high level.
However, there seems to be another valuable part of this loan. It helps get the Arsenal executives at the negotiating table to try to complete a transfer of another talented young player.
Arsenal will step up the chase for Freiburg midfielder Matthias Ginter after sending Francis Coquelin to the German club on a year-long loan.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been tracking Ginter, 19, for some time and hopes the deal for Coquelin will work as a sweetener, as the North London side bid to fend off rival interest from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
In early June, John Cross of Mirror Football reported that the Matthias Ginter was rated at £5 million. As someone who is only going to get better as he matures physically, this is quite a bargain.
The midfielder and defender has shown plenty of potential in his young career, and Arsene Wenger already likes what he sees. Based on the manager's proven record to find talent from nowhere, there is little reason to doubt him.
Ginter can be a long-term prospect who can eventually earn his way onto the first team on a regular basis. By that point, he will seem like a steal for such a low price.
On the other hand, there would be little risk if for some reason the young player does not live up to expectations. Coquelin will be back with the club before long, and Arsenal will also have plenty of other players at the position to choose from.
From Freiburg's perspective, the club would be better off selling him outside of the league instead of allowing him to go to Borussia Dortmund. Plus, the fact that the squad will get a chance to utilize Coquelin for a year should help make a deal.
This is a move that would help everyone involved, and Arsenal should do what is necessary to make sure it is completed.
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