Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gunners face West Ham fight for Gonzalo Higuain; Chelsea join Arda Turan race
Arsene Wenger, the Gunners manager, is desperate to secure extra firepower this summer after already missing out on Jamie Vardy despite meeting the 29-year-old’s £20m release clause last month.
According to CalcioMercato, the Frenchman has switched his focus back to Higuain after failing with a succession of bids for the Argentina forward during his spell at Real Madrid.
The report adds that Wenger may even be prepared to offer Olivier Giroud up as part of a cash-plus-player deal which could see a fee in the region of €50m (£42.5m) being paid. However, West Ham are also interested in securing the 28-year-old’s services.
The Hammers are looking to make a series of high-profile signings before the new Premier League season to break in their move to the 60,000 capacity Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile, Arsenal great Thierry Henry is said to have walked out on his coaching role at the Emirates Stadium after a disagreement with manager Wenger.
The Gunners boss is reported by The Sun to have warned Henry, who scored 175 goals across two spells in north London as a player, that he must choose between his role as a pundit for Sky Sports and his duties with the club.
Henry has been working with the academy with his former club four days a week in between his shifts with the digital broadcaster but is now likely to end his association with Arsenal after Wenger’s ultimatum.
It is suggested that Wenger has grown alarmed by henry’s ambitions to one day replace him as the Gunners’ manager and has taken precautionary measures before the urge to step up grows.
Arsenal’s summer transfer targets for 2016/17
The Frenchman scored 21 goals for Ligue 1 side Lyon last season and has since emerged as hot property within the European market. West Ham have already had two offers for the 25-year-old rejected and Arsenal were reported to have joined the race for his signature. But despite indications that they were prepared to pay the £34.2m fee that will trigger talks with Lyon, the club president recently revealed that the Gunners have yet to make a bid for the forward. Could Arsenal be biding their time?
The Wolfsburg left-back has said he expects to leave the club this summer and that it would be “exciting” to join Switzerland teammate Granit Xhaka at Arsenal. Rodriguez, 23, has a €25 million release clause in his contract and the Gunners have recently been tipped as forerunners to sign the Swiss defender.
According to recent reports, Arsenal launched a £43m bid for the German player as speculation continues to mount about his future at Wolfsburg. The Gunners are looking to bolster their striking options to aid striker Olivier Giroud and Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of Draxler, having targeted the winger last summer. The former Schalke star scored ten goals last season since his move to the Volkswagen Arena.
With many urging coach Arsene Wenger to bring in a new centre-back, Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic could be the answer. The 27-year-old has only made six appearances in the Bundesliga for Dortmund this past season and has reportedly been given permission to miss training in order to discuss his future. Costing an expected £14m, Arsenal are reportedly contemplating making a move for the player in what would be a fantastic bit of business given his quality and relatively low price-tag.
The Belgium international looks destined to leave Goodison Park this summer after stating his desire to play Champions League football next season. Arsenal could be the club to offer him that as Arsene Wenger continues to search for a striker having been snubbed by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. Ray Parlour urged his former club to sign the forward, arguing that the side needs “someone of the calibre of a Sergio Aguero or a Luis Suarez.” The Emirates hierarchy is reportedly keen on bringing in him but Everton’s £50m price-tag could prove to be a sticking point.
Arsenal were one of the many sides linked to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata after the Spaniard recently returned to the Bernabeu. Reports seemed to suggest that Real Madrid had brought back the striker in order to sell him on for a profit and Arsenal had emerged as favourites at one point to sign him. However, valued at around £65m, the striker may prove out of Wenger’s price range while other reports suggest Madrid will now be keeping hold of the striker.
After failing to prise Jamie Vardy away from the King Power Stadium, Arsene Wenger seems to have turned his attention to another Leicester City gem. The French manager has publicly praised his fellow countryman in recent weeks, describing him as “One of the revelations of the French team”. Whether Gunners decide to make a formal bid for the 25-year-old remains to be seen but there’s no doubting the midfield dynamo would slot nicely into the Arsenal outfit.
The former Real Madrid striker has been repeatedly linked with a move to north London but the transfer has yet to materialise. In an encouraging turn of events for fans, Higuain’s agent has allegedly made contact with Arsenal who are potentially interested in trying again to bring the Argentinian to the Emirates. Higuain scored 36 Serie A goals in 35 appearances for Napoli last season, breaking a league record in the process. The striker would be the perfect addition to Arsenal’s front-line.
After impressing at Euro 2016 for France, Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko has been linked with a move away from the Teeside club to the Emirates. The 26-year-old failed to prevent Newcastle from slipping into the Championship last season and was subject to widespread criticism for his underwhelming performances. But after finding his form in France, Arsenal have now emerged as favourites to sign the £35m-rated midfielder.
A number of British and foreign media outlets have linked Inter Milan’s Stevan Jovetic with a move to the Emirates this summer. Reports suggest the forward won’t be a part of Roberto Mancini’s plans at the San Siro despite joining the club on a permanent basis with the club following an 18-month loan stint in Milan. Following a flurry of rumours mid-June, Arsenal’s links to Jovetic have dropped off somewhat in recent weeks.
Barcelona are reportedly willing to offload midfield misfit Arda Turan for as little as £23m this summer. Turan has underwhelmed for the Catalan giants who are apparently looking to cut their losses on the Turkey international. According to Marca, Arsenal may be prepared to take the midfielder, who spent much of last season largely on the bench, off Barcelona’s hands.
Very tenuous but one that will delight fans regardless. The Arsenal boss was spotted chatting to the Frenchman during Sunday night’s final but, given the context, it’s hard to imagine Wenger was looking to get down to business. The chances of Griezmann making the switch are, well, pretty slim. The Atletico Madrid player is committed to the club until 2021 and rumours suggest he has a release clause set at €100m. There’s no harm in dreaming, though.
Arsenal have been made aware that they face competition from Chelsea for Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan as the Turk edges ever closer to the exit door at the Camp Nou.
The 29-year-old has struggled to make his mark in Catalonia after joining from Atletico Madrid last summer, opening up the possibility that he may leave to further enhance his career.
Arsenal and Chelsea are joined by Galatasaray and Fenerbahce on Turan’s lengthy list of suitors, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, but it remains to be seen whether he would be prepared to leave Barca when it comes to the moment to make a decision over his future.
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