Arsenal Transfer Focus – Wenger keen on Higuain but hesitant over Fellaini

As the transfer rumour mill rumbles on and the summer deals keep coming, Arsenal are at the centre of a lot of gossip, after being linked to Manchester United’s Nani, as well as Lille winger Dimitri Payet, while defender Laurent Koscielny has emerged as a target for Spanish giants Barcelona. With all this going on it would appear that Arsene Wenger is a very busy man at the moment, which may have meant that he has forgotten about Everton’s giant Belgian Marouane Fellaini.

The 25-year-old midfielder is said to hafve made it clear to the Toffees that he wants to make his “dream move” to London. However, the Gunners’ are reportedly dragging their feet over the player’s £23m release clause in his contract. It has been reported in The Mirror that Fellaini has told friends he would favour a move to the capital as he would be just two hours away from his Brussels birthplace via the Eurostar.

Elsewhere, the Gonzalo Higuain transfer tug-of-war looks set to continue as Arsenal are said to be preparing a £25.5m bid for the Real Madrid man as a way of dampening Juventus’ interest in the player. However, this may leave a few of the Gunners’ faithful feeling confused as to what Wenger’s transfer policy is, as the Frenchman is prepared to splash out over £25m for the striker, yet continues to drag his feet over a £23m deal for a tried and tested Premier League ace.

Wenger is thought to be very keen on the Argentinean Higuain, and it was widely commented last year – throughout the season – that Arsenal may have light in attack. French striker Olivier Giroud found the net 11 times in his 34 appearances. Higuain, on the other hand, has been a proven goal scorer in La Liga, scoring 121 goals in his time at Madrid, 16 of those strikes coming from his 28 appearances last season.

However, while Wenger continues to look at strengthening his squad, he may have to start addressing his defensive situation as both Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna look to be eyeing the Emirates exit door. The Daily Express are reporting that 30-year-old Sagna is a target for both big spending French outfits Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

Sagna has opened the door on a move to the French capital as he has declared himself a lifelong PSG supporter. The full-back also has just one year left on his Arsenal contract so Wenger could look to ship him out now while he can still gain some money from the deal. This transfer could hand a first-team opportunity to Carl Jenkinson. The youngster, who signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011, has divided opinion amongst the observers at the Emirates since his arrival.

The Payet deal looks like it could be a good move for the Gunners his 13 goals and 22 assists in Ligue One last season mean he has caught the eye. Arsenal are looking to improve by spending, but Wenger’s obsession with Europe and the talent therein could come at the risk of overlooking what the Premier League has to offer.

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