Saturday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours.
The north London club have made initial contact with the player’s representatives as they evaluate the chances of a deal being struck this summer.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 30, has been targeted by Atletico Madrid as Turan’s replacement but the Gunners will not sell the Spaniard unless they get an big offer, the Daily Mail reports.
With Arda Turan set to make a €35m move to Barcelona this summer Atleti boss Diego Simeone is keen to bring Cazorla on board to take over.
Jose Mourinho insists he backed Roman Abramovich’s decision to let Petr Cech join Arsenal, the Daily Mirror reports.
Mourinho wanted to keep long-serving stopper Cech but when it was clear he wanted to move the Special One was then reluctant to sell him to rivals Arsenal.
However, ex-England star Peter Shilton believes former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech could be in for a difficult time at Arsenal, the Daily Star reports.
The 65-year-old, believes Arsene Wenger’s side will benefit from the arrival of Cech but has warned the north Londoners that their defenders will have to protect the Czech international.
Napoli have rejected an approach from Roma for Arsenal strike target Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Daily Express.
The Argentina international has been linked with a move away from the Serie A outfit following the departure of Rafa Benitez to Real Madrid.