The Transfer Lens – Gourcuff to Arsenal? Inler to Liverpool?

The Transfer Lens – Gourcuff to Arsenal? Inler to Liverpool?


Big news today, and a transfer of sorts, with Arsenal set to extend the lease on their perennial piece of furniture, Arsene Wenger, potentially taking him beyond the two-decade mark as Gunners manager.

Read More – Arsene Wenger set to sign Arsenal contract extension

Arsene and Arsenal are locked together in a seemingly eternal circle of rebuilding and justification, with their marriage proving to be long, sometimes fruitful, and always eventful.

Sadly, Wolfgang Wolf wasn’t afforded enough time to consolidate a legacy as manager of Wolfsburg. Yes, this really did happen.

Today’s Transfer Lens features the Gunners and their potential move for Lyon midfielder Gourcuff, as well as an interesting piece concerning a swap deal between Liverpool and Napoli.

1. Yoann Gourcuff to Arsenal?

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I can barely remember a transfer window where the now Lyon playmaker hasn’t been linked with a move to Arsenal, and you feel that this is a move that will surely eventually happen.

This January, Arsenal have targeted Gourcuff once more, claim to the Daily Mail, as the Gunners look for possible alternatives to German wunderkind Julian Draxler.

The Mail report that the Draxler deal is proving to be highly difficult to negotiate and with deadline day fast approaching, Arsenal believe a move for Gourcuff would be easier to push through before the end of January.

It was said that the player, who can play in central midfield or just behind the front man, was not looking for a move this month, but considering Lyon’s recent financial plight, Arsenal believe they can persuade the club to sanction a move.

The 27-year-old has been in good form this season, but has endured a career of fluctuating fortunes, having failed to make an impact at AC Milan back in 2006, resurrecting his career at Bordeaux, before moving to Lyon in 2010 for a whopping €22m.

Tom’s Verdict:

Julian Draxler is arguably the brightest young prospect in Europe, while Gourcuff is an often inconsistent 27-year-old.  Not the best comparison, and if Arsenal are considering a move for Gourcuff, it really should be only a short term option.

Wenger has tracked the Frenchman for many moons now, but as he is entering the final third of his career, Arsenal should really be focusing on bringing in a striker if the Draxler deal falls through.

2. Gokhan Inler to Liverpool?


Liverpool are interested in Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler, according to Italian site ‘Il Roma (via TuttoNapoli), with Brendan Rodgers in the market for midfield reinforcement following the injury to Lucas.

The Brazilian destroyer is set for a spell on the sidelines with knee ligament damage, and with former boss Rafa Benitez reportedly very keen to bring Daniel Agger to Napoli, a potential swap deal including Inler and Agger could well be on the cards.

Benitez had been considering a loan move for the Dane, but with Liverpool now in need of a midfielder to provide cover for the crocked Lucas, Napoli may well have a useful bargaining chip in the form of Swiss international, Inler.

An all-action central midfielder with an accomplished passing range, the 29-year-old has been ever present during Napoli’s Serie A campaign this season, but Benitez is reportedly happy to lose the player, if he can land Agger in the process.

Saikat’s Verdict: 

The Reds are in need of a solid defensive midfielder and Inler fits the bill, with Brendan Rodgers continuing to evolve his possession oriented football.

A swap deal for Agger also make sense. The Danish defender has struggled to get games when Sakho was fit, an indication that he doesn’t feature in Rodgers’ first team plans.

So, why not sell him now and get a quality player like Inler? Despite reports to the contrary, I reckon Rafael Benitez would not entertain such ideas, as Inler has established himself as one of the key members of this Napoli side.

What do you think? Agree with our verdicts? Let us know in the comments below…

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  1. Lfc is messing up seriously for scouting for players for others to buy in the process its annoying to see Lfc (Ayre) misbehave like that.I’m highly disappointed in the club more especially mohammad Salah, s case to say the least

  2. Ever since the coming of Rodgers, Ian Ayre and
    FSG partnership, Liverpool are usually to slow to
    sign players. We need to change our transfer
    strategy fast.
    This is an opportunity for us to sign d quality
    players we need to propel us to d top4 but I
    don’t understand what FSG, Ian Ayre and
    Rodgers are thinking
    Its painful wen I hear fans saying even without
    quality players we will still make top4, dat
    means we are thinking like FSG. If u think Spurs
    (43), Everton (42), Manchester united (37) and
    Newcastle (36) are out of d top4 race then I will
    advice u to check d table again.
    I think us as fans deserve answers from the club
    on why we keep missing out on these players.
    We aren’t even competing with the small sides in
    transfer windows. Everton keep adding players,
    Newcastle keep adding french players and
    Liverpool are just stagnate. We keep struggling to
    add players and later dey will say d reasons are
    becos we re not in d UCL, dats a big fat lie
    We will scout players for one year, we will talk to
    d father, mother, sister, brother, girlfriend,
    coach and finally to d club and at d last minute,
    another club will just come quietly without stress
    to pay d asking price and get their player. Our
    transfer policy is an absolute utter shambles
    At d end of the january window, dey will come
    out to say d reasons y we did not get anyone in
    is becos dey cudnt found any quality players,
    dats also a big fat lie. The summer transfer
    window will still be d same tin, we re always
    slow in making deals
    What the heck is Ian Ayre still doing in d job
    please tell me?
    are we as a club really that skint we need at
    least 3-4 players we all know this yet we have
    not done a thing. We all want Liverpool back on
    top but we have not a chance in if we don’t start
    getting quality players in and the way things are
    going with Johnson and lucas now out, it will be
    difficult without adding anyone in. If the owners
    are not going to put their hands in their pockets
    and spend on quality players then they should
    pack up and go
    I miss Parry and Perslow..Hicks & Gillette might
    not be d best of owners but those guys dey
    spend money. Five (5) days to go and nothing
    imminent. More injuries & it’s not getting better
    we’re just going to slide & slide

    Am tired of typing

    This write up is not about missing out on Salah
    but its about how slow we’ve bin in acquiring
    players. From d 1st of January to the 27th of
    January, we’ve not bin able to sign one player.
    Its so sad…We all no we lack enof quality
    players yet, the owners and Ian Ayre find
    nothing wrong in dis.

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