Liverpool are preparing a big-money move for an Arsenal forward whose future is somewhat uncertain. Although the player would like to stay at the club, he has been told by Arsene Wenger that his place in the starting eleven is far from secure.
Liverpool are looking to sign a new wide player and have already failed in a bid to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze. They will now turn their attentions to signing a long-term transfer target in Theo Walcott, according to reports. The reports suggest that Liverpool are willing to offer £25million to Arsenal, an amount they are likely to accept and offer the player £120,000 per-week. Liverpool have long been interested in Walcott, but unlike previous times, Arsenal may now be willing to accept an offer.
The 27-year-old was left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016, with a lack of first-team exposure the managers main reason. Walcott, although he seems adamant that he would like to stay in London, will know that he needs more regular first team football to have a chance of winning back his place in the England squad. Under Jurgen Klopp, Walcott could return to first team football and return to form.
Although he had a poor season, Walcott has previously shown that he can be a useful weapon at Arsenal. His pace helps stretch defences and his addition would give Klopp an alternative attacking dimension to play with.
Walcott can also be a very high goalscoring player if he gets into form. He has scored 55 goals for Arsenal in 236 games and he has played most of his games on the wing. Klopp may choose to utilise his pace as a striker, but it is the players versatility that makes him an attractive option.
Walcott’s main attribute is no doubt pace though and that is certainly fading with age. His lack of technical quality limits his influence, especially when he operates against deep defences or in tight areas. His work rate is also a worry and that is something that Klopp demands from each and every one of his players. For Theo to be successful at Anfield he would certainly have to adapt his style.
£25million also seems a bit steep for a player who has been on the bench for Arsenal for most of 2016. Although he is English, his performances mean he is valued at below £20million by most fans. Arsene Wenger has publicly said he will not sell Walcott but surely if Liverpool are really willing to pay £25million for a player who he no longer considers as a starter, he should be sold.
Arsenal are in talks to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund. The Armenian midfielder is predominantly a right midfielder and so if he did arrive, it may indicate that a deal for Walcott is on the horizon. West Ham had previously been linked but they have now ruled out their interest, leaving Liverpool as the club most likely to take a punt on the 43 time capped speedster.