Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are facing a player exodus with Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner all eyeing the exit door which would leave manager Arsene Wenger short of options in attack. With Robin van Persie likely to miss the start of the season, the need for a striker is brought into even sharper focus and that has led to the interest in Welbeck.
The 20-year-old had an impressive season on loan at Sunderland last campaign scoring six goals in the process. His form was enough to earn him a first international cap in a friendly with Ghana earlier this year though with Welbeck also eligible to play for the African nation through both his parents’ nationality, there was also a hint of opportunism behind the selection on the FA’s behalf .
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has always spoken in glowing terms about his striker – even recommending him to Fabio Capello as a potential member of his 2010 World Cup squad – so it would be something of a surprise were he to entertain the thought of selling him to one of his main rivals. However, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Mame Biram Diouf and Federico Macheda all competing for a first team place, a decent bid in the region of £11m and the promise of more regular football could be enough to turn both United’s and Welbeck’s head.