Schalke 04′s striker, Ciprian Marica is close to joining Arsenal this week according to his agent,Giovani Becali
Giovani Becali revealed the Romanian forward would arrive Arsenal on a free transfer. Marica has played for the likes of Dinamo Bucuresti, Shakhtar Donetsk, Stuttgart and now Schalke. The 27 year old striker scored six goals last term in 16 appearances.
“He is close to Arsenal, we’ll see this week.
Marica is a very good striker, a Romanian national player who has experience great football in the West.
It’s normal to be targeted by big clubs the more that he remained free after having concluded the contract with Schalke 04.”
Arsenal fans who have been expecting a big name deal might frown at another free transfer after the transfer of Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre but Marica can turn out to be good as a substitute when one considers Gervinho’s move to AS Roma and Chamakh’s move to Crystal Palace.
Arsenal are also said to be interested in signing Matthias Ginter from Freiburg but the sporting director of Freiburg, did say Matthias is very important to the club.
“Matthias Ginter is very important for SC Freiburg.”
Looks like Arsene Wenger is trying to close deals underground while still arranging to bring in a big name like Luis Suarez. The Frenchman has also invited Colombian, Sebastian Perez Cardona who plays for Atletico National. The 20 year old defensive midfielder tweeted a photo of himself and Thomas Vermaelen in training and quite delighted at playing in Europe.
“I like scoring goals and when first pulling on a national team shirt for the U14s, I played as a No10, but soon the coaching staff recognised my strengths.
“I kept dropping back, so now I’m an organiser deeper in midfield.
“In European football, I admire Ever Banega, [Fernando] Gago, Busquets, Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Andrea Pirlo.
“I am excited about playing in Europe. I want to go there and try to make it.
“I am driven by those I grew up with. They had the same dreams as me, but perhaps not the same talent. There’s luck involved, but also a lot of discipline. You need that to make the most of the talent you have.”