Here are six transfer sagas involving Arsenal players, and Arsenal targets, starting with three potential signings:
Three players in:
Arturo Vidal – From Juventus
The Juventus man wants to leave the club, and the Gunners are preparing a £21.2m bid to try and tempt him away, the Metro report. However, the Metro suggest that they may have to beat off competition from Real Madrid.
If Arsene Wenger can add the Chilean, he will arguably boast the most marquee midfield across the continent. He has established himself as one of the best box to box midfielders in Europe, so understandably has the very best clubs trying to get his signature. As well as his energy, he is also able to add some extra steel with his desire to win the ball back.
William Carvalho – From Sporting Lisbon
The Portuguese would also bring some extra fight and grit to the Gunners’ free-flowing midfield. The Metro are reporting that Arsenal are closing in on an £18.2m move for the player that was recently voted Player of the tournament at the U21 European Championships.
Francis Coquelin’s emergence into the side has demonstrated the side’s need for someone who bucks the trend of the normal Arsenal player, who boasts a tremendous amount of technical ability. Carvalho is a similar player and will be able to take some of the workload off the Frenchman.
Baba Rahman – From Augsburg
The Guardian report that Arsenal are going to have to beat off competition from Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as several other sides, if they want to sign the 21-year-old. The Guardian suggest that the full-back could cost around £14m.
While Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are solid and consistent options, the Augsburg man is one of the most exciting prospects anywhere in Europe, and may have the potential to be much better than the pair that Arsene Wenger has come to rely upon. His performances helped the Bundesliga side finish fifth in the table, and qualify for next season’s Europa League.