Arsenal will make an approach for Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen with proceeds from the projected sale of Cesc Fabgregas to Barcelona.
Fabregas was omitted from the Gunners squad to face Benfica in a pre-season friendly sparking more speculation that he was edging closer to the exit door. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis was rumoured to have met with his counterparts from the Spanish club on Friday and the player’s own resigned body language during an open training session at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday suggested that he had made his last public appearance in an Arsenal shirt.
However, plans are already being put in place for his eventual departure with Eriksen emerging as a target. The 19-year-old has shone over the past 18 months for Ajax and has become a regular for the Denmark national team, putting in a man of the match performance in a 2-1 friendly defeat to England earlier this year.
The player has long been on the radar of Premier League clubs having twice gone on trial at Chelsea without being offered a permanent deal. Manchester City have also shown an interest according to his agent Martin Schoots though they were unable to persuade the youngster to move to Eastlands.
Wenger will hope to have more luck with his track record of developing young talent into world class stars to be the principal selling point behind the approach. Eriksen is valued at around £15m.