Replacement for Vermaelen Found
Arsene Wenger’s latest capture, center-back Gabriel Paulista who was signed from Villarreal will be wearing the number five shirt for the club, previously worn by Thomas Vermaelen who is now spending most of his time in the Barcelona medical room. Evidently, he is the tailor-made for the Belgian as no replacements was signed in the summer, leaving Mertesacker and Koscielny the only choices at the heart of defense. Moreover, the 24-year old has good commanding presence, 6 feet in height and decent pace, expected to give strong competition for the first team spot. The Brazilian has stated that he joined The Gunners with the intention of securing various titles. Wenger who usually plays a silent role in the January window, praised his new addition, “He’s very ambitious, focused and serious. That’s important at a club like ours, you need to have a complete focus on your job. I like the players who come from nowhere and show they can adapt. From Brazil, he has then adapted to Spain. That means he has already made it and adapted in another country.”
Pato to the Premier League?
The 25-year old was one of the brightest prospects in Europe yet unluckily faded away due to series of injuries. The Brazilian is reportedly keen on a move to the KC Stadiym as Steve Bruce looks to bolster his attack to survive in the toughly brawled league. Pato is currently playing at his country with Corinthians, plus the club is expecting a loan fee around 1.5 million pounds. Numerous reports are claiming that Queens Park Rangers, West Brom and Everton are also having talks to sign the former AC Milan forward. Hull City needs to be swift to sign the deal as QPR are never shy of splashing money to help them out of the relegation zone. Pato has great skills and sharpness in front of goal, could be a bargain capture by any Premier League club and decent option for the fantasy premier league squad.
Wolfsburg to Rescue Talented Bench Warmer from Chelsea?
One of the most gifted players in Europe yet being devalued at Stamford Bridge, Andre Schurrle is reportedly close to a move to Germany. The 24-year old is clearly frustrated over his bench warming role and many clubs are monitoring his situation. The German international has scored 11 goals and registered two assists in 44 English Premier League games. To set the transfer in motion, it is up to the player to be positive and Wolfsburg to stand up to a considerable offer, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Tough Times For Monk
Swansea City are gradually falling behind their decent start of the season and a 5-0 trashing against Chelsea have pounded their confidence severely. Having lost star striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City and Gomis being unhappy of the sale plus spending more time on the bench, Garry Monk needs to find a solution straightaway. The Swans have already captured Nelson Oliveira, Matt Grimes and Kyle Naughton this month, however will look to add more quality using the transfer fee of Bony. The Swansea boss mentioned “I am trying to push to see what we can do and the chairman is doing the same.”