Arsenal are ramping up their summer recruitment and want to make progress over the coming weeks to provide Unai Emery with as much time as possible to work with the squad.
The Gunners have yet to be linked with any high-profile names that will excite the fan-base, but it is clear they are looking to add more physicality and aggression to their ranks.
The Mirror report that the Gunners could make a shock move for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini who will be a free agent at the end of the month.
Jose Mourinho is keen to keep the midfielder at Old Trafford, but he is thought to be considering his options and Arsenal have emerged as a possible destination for him.
AC Milan are also interested in signing the Belgian international, but he is believed to favour a move to the Emirates Stadium if he is to join another club this summer.
It is encouraging that Arsenal are looking to change their recruitment policy as they have been lacking in certain attributes during recent seasons. They have been too easy to play against and rarely look up for a physical contest.
In that sense, a move for Marouane Fellaini could be viewed as a good piece of business.
Last season, the midfielder averaged 1.25 tackles won and 2.04 interceptions per ninety minutes. Meanwhile, he continued to be a dangerous aerial weapon from the bench.
Fellaini won 60% of his aerial duels, which is impressive considering many of them came in the opposition third of the pitch.
He proved to be a valuable player as a substitute, with an impressive four goals in the Premier League. The 30-year-old found the net once every 153.25 minutes.
During his time at Old Trafford, Fellaini was used regularly by three different managers. He gets an unfair ride from a lot of supporters, but he has something to offer a side competing at the very top of the sport.
Jose Mourinho has viewed the Belgian international as a tactical weapon, capable of making an impact in big matches or as a substitute. His aggression and aerial ability mean that he can immediately unsettle an opposition defence. There are few better at doing that in the Premier League.
There are a lot of reasons why Arsenal would want Fellaini. The recent speculation regarding the club suggests that Emery is looking to make them a more aggressive outfit and that would be a positive.
However, signing a much-maligned player from a rival club is unlikely to get the supporters excited about the new era at the Emirates Stadium.
If Fellaini does join Arsenal, he will quickly become a scapegoat when the side loses and he is not likely to get a fair chance to prove himself. For that reason, a move should be avoided.
There will be players with similar qualities elsewhere in Europe that haven’t been associated with Manchester United.
The coming weeks are crucial for Arsenal. They need to get supporters behind Emery and move forward as a united club. They haven’t been that for a long time.
To achieve that, they need to have a strong transfer window and excite their supporters with the names arriving in North London. Marouane Fellaini wouldn’t do that.