Arsenal is closing up real quick on the Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder, Mario Suarez. An Atletico academy boy, he had played for their B team as his first team in 2004 and with cameos for the same. He was then sent on loan to fellow La Liga clubs Vallaloid and Celta Vigo on consecutive seasons, impressing many with his strength on the pitch. He then signed a 4-year deal with Mallacora with a clause enabling Atletico Madrid to reacquire the player after 2 seasons at the club. His successful stint for the island club, enabling them to reach the Europa League, caught his home club’s attention. They re-bought the player, while he struggled for a first team place.
The London based team seems to be eager to sign the midfielder, considering the constant demand by the fans to sign players of his position. Other clubs including Roma and Manchester United also seem to show interest in the player after he was subsequently reduced from his first team place in Madrid. A fee hasn’t been discussed yet, but we estimate it to be close to £10 m assuming Simeone doesn’t consider him for a first team place.
His strength and aerial presence may help the Gooners greatly as they search for players to fill a hole between their midfield and defense, a space which has been empty for quite some time. This buy, along with a defender can plug the defensive hole due to which Arsenal is still not in the top 4. A little issue which might bother Arsene though, is his lack of discipline and concentration, as he commits reckless tackles way too often. But, on a positive note, considering Arsene’s issues with spending and Mario’s apparent lack of first team matches, can prove to be a successful match.