Sunday, March 02, 2008
Wenger interested in Portsmouth ace to replace Arsenal midfielder
According to information coming out of the Croatian press, Arsene Wenger is looking to pair Eduardo and Portsmouth ace midfielder fellow Croatian Nico Kranjcar for next year.
Apparently Nico has been earmarked by Wenger to come in as a replacement for Alexander Hleb who has been linked recently with a move to Barcelona to join Thierry Henry. Inter Milan have also shown interest with an offer to come in the summer of 14m.
This has prompted Hleb’s agent Niki Spilevski to make a statement that these were only rumours.
"Alex loves life in London and does not want to leave. He believes he is at the best club and has the best coach possible." He said.
In the meantime however Nico Kranjcar when told of Arsenal’s interest has not rejected the idea:
“I am very happy at Portsmouth but it’s anyone’s intention to play at a big club” he said to Croatian newspaper Sportal.com
Kranjcar is indeed the type of player that possesses the skills and technique that Wenger values. He plays in a more creative role for Portsmouth off the main strikers but often drifts in various positions to make the play, just as Hleb is known to do.
He had a very good game against England at Wembley scoring the first goal for Croatia from about 40 yards firing a speculative shot that went through Scott Carson's arms.
Kranjcar is also a very good friend of Eduardo: “I believe he is a strong enough character to come back as a better player. But I feel very sad and sorry for my team-mate – we grew up together in Zagreb”.
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