Arsenal are reportedly offered to sign Lionel Messi’s teammate in the Argentine National team, Walter Kannemann. The Gremio defender is worth £10.5 million (5 billion naira). Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his backline this summer and has been linked with a number of players. Now Calciomercato claim the Gunners are looking to the Argentinian international, 28, to solve their defensive problems.
Their report states the Europa League finalists are attempting to beat Serie A outfit Sampdoria to the centre-back by lodging a bid now. And that £10.5m figure could rise if the ex-San Lorenzo and Atlas ace hits certain performance targets.
Kannemann is regarded as one of the best defenders in South America. He has shone for Brazilian club Gremio since his arrival three years ago and played a key role in the Copa Libertadores success in 2017. That was the second time he has lifted the continent’s most-prized trophy after winning it with boyhood team San Lorenzo back in 2014. His performances have also recently been recognised on the international stage.
Kannemann made his debut for Argentina in September in the friendly victory over Guatemala and has won a further four caps since. Now he could be set to strengthen his reputation further with a move to the Premier League.
Emery is looking to bolster his Arsenal squad over the summer but only has a limited transfer budget to play with. The Gunners board have issued him with a £40m kitty, which could slightly increase if he secures a return to the Champions League by leading his men to Europa glory against Chelsea on May 29.
In the other news, Stephan Lichtsteiner says it’s likely that he’ll leave Arsenal when his one-year contract at the Emirates ends in June. The Swiss was signed on a free transfer from Juventus last summer as back-up to Hector Bellerin but things haven’t really worked out for him. While the 35-year-old arrived in London off the back of seven Scudettos, he quickly found that experience counts for little when you can’t cope with the pace of the Premier League.
Even when it looked like he might get a run of games in the absence of others, Unai Emery found himself turning to Ainsley Maitland-Niles and even Carl Jenkinson. With that in mind, it seems unlikely we’ll take up the option to retain him for another 12 months.
“I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens,” Lichtsteiner told the Evening Standard. “I don’t know anything. The only important thing is the Europa League Final now. “I really want to win this cup and bring this club back to the top level, back to the Champions League and winning important titles.”
Given he’s unlikely to start in the Europa League final, it looks as though he’ll leave the club with one goal and 23 appearances to his name.