Date: 28th July 2011 at 2:30pm
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According to several sources, Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira.

The 25-year-old was just one of Uruguay’s stars in their Copa America victory earlier this month; scoring twice during the South American competition.

It is important that Arsenal pursue a replacement for Gael Clichy, who recently joined Manchester City.

Pereira, who can also play as a left winger, is regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world and Porto fans would no doubt be sad to see him depart, as he was vital in helping the Portuguese side lift the treble last season.

It is thought that Pereira could cost The Gunners around £18 million, which would see Porto, if they wish to sell him, pocket a huge profit after signing the Uruguayan for a mere £4 million back in 2009.

Let’s take a look at the player in Action:

In my opinion, he would be a great signing for the club and I think it is important that we replace Clichy with a quality player. Not only to please the fans, but to show our intent to the world that we can still attract high profile players.

My only concern is – are Arsenal ‘willing’ to pay that much for a player?

It’s been well documented that Wenger prefers to bag a bargain rather than splash the cash on a player, and this concerns me. It concerns me because, while Wenger is reluctant to spend big, Arsenal will continue to miss out on big players to other clubs.

Would he succeed at Arsenal? Yes. I cannot see any reason why he would struggle to adapt to the Premier League. We all know that our league is the best in the world and the attraction of playing in the Champions League with Arsenal would hopefully help Pereira pick us over Liverpool.

It’s now up to Wenger to decide whether he wants to splash the cash for his services this summer.

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