Although Arsenal were unable to sign a striker this summer, they have not given up hope of acquiring one before January.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Gunners will renew their interests in Luis Suarez or Karim Benzema, who were both on Arsene Wenger’s radar this summer. But it is understood that the north London club are close to securing the services of free agent Ciprian Marica, according to the forward’s agent.
The 27-year-old became a free agent at the end of last season after finishing up with Schalke, meaning the Romanian could still be signed despite the transfer window closing over a week ago.
West Ham, Lazio, Inter Milan and former club Shakhtar Donetsk have all been linked with a move for the striker, but it appears he is nearing a move to Arsenal with his agent Ioan Becali stating a deal could be done by next week:
‘He’s close to joining Arsenal, but we have to wait for the next week.’
Marica, who can be played out wide, as a second striker or centre-forward, has won 63 caps for Romania, finding the net 22 times.
The Bucharest-born forward has played for Dinamo Bucuresti, Shakhtar Donetsk, Stuttgart and, most recently, Schalke, totalling 47 goals in 221 appearances thus far in his career.