Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Manchester City’s Adam Johnson as part of their recruitment drive.
The Gunners have left it late to do any serious business largely due to the uncertainty surrounding their European prospects this season. Following Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Italian side Udinese, their participation in the Champions League has been confirmed and the ability to attract top players has been made easier.
While moves for the likes of Real Madrid’s Kaka, Lille’s Eden Hazard and Rennes’ Yann M’Vila have been touted, manager Arsene Wenger has long held Johnson in high regard. He tried to sign him before he went to City but now with the player far from guaranteed a first team place at the Etihad Stadium, he could be more successful this time round.
Ironically, it is the arrival of a player from Arsenal that has cast the former Middlesbrough player’s future in doubt after Samir Nasri joined the big-spending club earlier this week for £24m. Johnson recently stated that he was happy at the club but he will know that his international ambitions will be hindered should he find himself regualrly warming the bench for his club.
A bif of £14m is likely to be enough to bring him to London.