Arsenal are rumoured to be monitoring Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini as they look to strengthen their defensive options.
The Argentinian international has been a shining light at the heart of the Newcastle defence this season and has been the catalyst for a defensive record that at one point was the best in the league.
As a result of his sparking performances, clubs have inevitably been circling and its Arsenal who are looking to land the floppy haired defender for around £10m.
Toon chairman Mike Ashley isn’t afraid of ruffling a few feathers within the fan base to make a quick buck and with Coloccini approaching 30 years-old, the owner surely would be open to big offers for the defender.
It’s doubtful that Alan Pardew would agree however. The manager and player have struck up a tremendous relationship this season and any transfer of the talented defender would probably be accepted against Pardew’s will. The scenes of last year’s antics in the transfer window, when star player Andy Carroll was sold, could be about to rear its ugly head again.
Coloccini has never had a chance to test himself against Europe’s best in the Champions League and isn’t getting any younger whilst Arsenal are crying out to add some depth to their very shaky backline that was once again exposed in their recent 2-1 defeat at Fulham.
Key defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to miss a few weeks as his poor injury record shows no signs of waning, and replacements Per Mertesacker and Johan Djourou are simply not good enough to provide a defensive basis of a side gunning for a top-four finish and Champions League glory.
The potential transfer to north-London would seem a match made in heaven for both Arsenal and the player – with Newcastle left holding the baby once again.