Friday, December 07, 2007
Mputu to sign for Arsenal for a six month period. Watch him on video
Tresor Mputu, as has recently been reported on this site, has finished a ten day trial at Arsenal which has been described by his agent as successful.
This trial period ended at the beginning of this month and it is now reported that Wenger was so impressed with Mputu that he has instructed Arsenal’s top management to open negotiations with the player’s African club TP Mazembe.
His agent was so optimistic that he predicted that his client was as good as ready to sign by next Monday!
Now Arsene Wenger has more or less confirmed this news when in his press conference today admitted that he may be interested to sign Mputu.
"He has qualities, but he has never played in Europe. In the middle of a season, to buy a guy from Congo and think he will give you something more is a little bit optimistic”.
That is why he is considering signing him for the rest of the season and reassessing the situation in the light of his progress by then.
"Maybe we'll pursue it, but it will be on a six to seven-month plan, you know, you get the guy in to adapt, and then we'll see how well he does."
Mputu was top scorer in the African Champions League and scored five goals in ten appearances for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Former Congo coach Claude Le Roy described Mputu as better than Samuel Eto'o!
You can watch Mputu's football skills on the top of the page by clicking on the video window.
As you can see from the videos we have assembled Tresor is a cool finisher in front of goal.
He is also blessed with pace and good technique which is of course a sine qua non for any player if he is to be given half a chance of making it to London Colney.
It has been reported that his transfer price will be 500,000
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New George Weah? Probably not but if he turns out to be even as useful and entertaining as Christopher Wreh, I'd take him. Especially for 500 grand.
Unless he's coming on loan, I don't think he's signing for 6 months - that's completely unheard of. I'm sure what Arsene meant is that he would need the 6/7 months of this season to adjust and then see if he is good enough to feature in our plans for next season. That way Arsenal get a sell on fee for investing 6 months time and money helping him to develop and adjust to playing in Europe.
Ya thats my readin of the situation - that he is gonna sign a long term conract but that we shouldn't expect much for the first 6/7 months
he looks like luis saha, lol.
I would certainly buy him if he is diciplined on and off the pitch. You cannot expect him on his first start to arsenal to score a goal or impress us. Every young talent Arsene has bought has turned out to be a great eye catching one. I would buy mputu if i was Wenger
I think what Wenger meant in his statement is yes we want to buy him but he is not in our plans for this season. he will need time to adapt to miving to a different continent and cluture plus the pace of the game here and most importantly LEARNING TO PLAY ARSEN`S ARSENAL WAY!!!
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