Whilst Manchester City have inevitably been linked with a move for Robin Van Persie, Arsenal have interestingly been rumoured to be planning a £30 million swoop for Blues rebel Carlos Tevez – a deal that would double their transfer record. Despite Gazidis claiming that no money will be spent in January, this could easily change if the Gunners’ situation hasn’t improved significantly.
Robin Van Persie, currently putting off signing a new deal, has publicly declared his desire to stay in the Premier League if he does ever leave the Emirates. What is unclear, though, is whether Arsenal’s current form and potentially unsatisfactory final position in the table will affect his willingness to stay.
Tevez, on the other hand, has been struggling with life in Manchester, with his substitution antics at Bayern Munich emphasising his craving for a fresh start. The former captain scored or created more goals than any other player (23) in the last campaign.
Still, it would undoubtedly be difficult to ever envisage Van Persie leaving the Gunners. Having arguably become one the last remaining super talent in our ranks, his departure could make Arsenal’s potential drop from the ‘Big 4’ a reality.
However, would Carlos Tevez save us from this? When he left Manchester United to cheekily join rivals City, he had a point to prove and scored 29 goals in all competitions. The situation is similar now and the likelihood of him staying in England has since increased with the revelation that his family have moved back from South America. On top of this, Van Persie’s injury woes – despite seemingly getting better of late – are a kind of problem that Tevez has experienced very little of.
So, could a swap deal work? It would undoubtedly be a risky move both financially and for the stability of the already self-doubting dressing room, but if such a move did go according to plan, it could see the Gunners save themselves before it’s too late.