John Barnes believes Arsenal should splash the cash on Portugal sensation Gonçalo Ramos in their quest for a striker.
THE LOWDOWN: STRIKER SEARCH CONTINUES
John Barnes weighed in on the discourse of who Arsenal should sign while speaking about the Premier League title race.
The Gunners are currently sitting atop the Premier League, five points clear of Manchester City who stomped Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night. The North London side are proving doubters wrong even with a dearth of talent compared to the other big sides in the league.
They are aware of the need to strengthen their squad, however, and have been busy in the transfer market. Reports indicate that they have made their first signing of the January transfer window, bringing in Leandro Trossard from Brighton and Hove Albion for £27 million.
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The Belgian joined as a replacement for Mykhaylo Mudryk, who they lost to Chelsea thanks to Shakhtar Donetsk’s preference for the West London club’s payment plans. However, there are still some key areas to be filled in the squad, including the role of a striker thanks to a long-term injury to Gabriel Jesus.
It is on this subject that Barnes believes that Arsenal will be strengthened by Ramos, who is valued at €100 million by his current club, Benfica.
Barnes also believes that Manchester United will benefit from the 21-year-old striker’s talents, despite their signing of Wout Weghorst.
“Wout Weghorst won’t be a striker that will play every week. He’s at Man United to be a squad player,” Barnes said to BonusCodeBets.
“He’s cheap and has a good attitude.
“Manchester United are looking to spend £100m or more on a superstar signing, they won’t sign Weghorst and not sign another quality striker like Gonçalo Ramos.
“Arsenal have been performing well without Gabriel Jesus for a while now, but they’ll be looking at players who suit them rather than buying players instantly. A £100m signing like Goncalo Ramos has to suit the club’s needs, you can’t just say how every player would be good for any club, they need to suit the philosophy and style of play.”
THE VERDICT: NOT ATTAINABLE AT THE MOMENT
Ramos was one of the stars of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, finishing the tournament with three goals from three games played thanks to a hat-trick against Switzerland in the round of 16.
He also has 11 in 14 for Benfica this season and is turning the heads of all the big clubs in Europe.
Arsenal are truly not done in the transfer market for the winter window. However, Ramos may be a longshot, despite his impressive scoring record for Benfica and Portugal.