According to Goal.com, Arsenal have made a £10 Million bid for Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez. The classy Spain international has long been an Arsenal target.
Manager Arsene Wenger appears ready to swoop as soon as the winter transfer window opens tomorrow. Getting a player of Lopez's quality for this mooted price, would represent a steal.
The 24-year-old perfectly fits Arsenal's current formation and style of play. A quick and technically-gifted attacker, Lopez can operate anywhere along the forward line.
He has experience in the wide berths, having played on the right last season for Atletico. However, Lopez is at heart a natural striker.
This season he has been the backup for Radamel Falcao and has seen his playing time limited. However, Lopez fired 19 goals for Madrid during their last campaign.
He is a composed finisher who times and varies his movement extremely well. The ex-Deportivo star also offers the pace Arsenal need in attack.
The Gunners are currently relying on Theo Walcott as the focal point of their front three. Yet the England international's contract runs out in the summer.
Signing Lopez would provide excellent insurance and might even spur Walcott into a quick decision. Lopez could even start on the right for Arsenal and encourage a more narrow, 4-3-3 formation.
That would give Arsenal three true strikers in Walcott, Lopez and Lukas Podolski, to lead their attack. It would be a pacy, fluid forward line with plenty of scoring potential.
There is plenty to recommend an Arsenal move for Lopez. He would add the extra quality Wenger's squad needs to engineer a successful second half of the season.849839