Arsenal receive major boost in Portuguese chase

It seems like Christmas has come early for Manchester United and Arsenal as their key target William Carvalho has been told by his present employers that he is free to leave the club this summer once a buyer comes in with the right amount of money on the table.

Sporting Lisbon have finally given up hope on keeping Carvalho at the club for this season and have put the midfielder up for sale. According to the Metro, Sporting were earlier hoping to receive £35m for the enforcer but have now lowered their demands in an attempt to attract buyers like United and Arsenal. Continue reading

Real want Arsenal to buy Khedira

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is in heavy demand this summer as he enters the last year of his contract with the Los Blancos. Bayern Munich and Arsenal have expressed their interest in taking the World Cup winner aboard but Madrid are hopeful that the German would seal a move to the Gunners instead of their Bavarian rivals.

According to the Metro, Bayern have offered Khedira a chance to return to his homeland at the end of this season after the expiry of his contract with Madrid, a situation where Real would have to lose the player for free. On the other hand, Arsenal have more immediate needs and are ready to splash £24m for Khedira this summer which is a favourable scenario for Madrid. Continue reading

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Thursday, 31st July

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Madrid want Khedira at the Emirates

Sensationally, the Metro has reported that Real Madrid are more keen on selling midfielder Sami Khedira to Arsenal rather than Bayern Munich. Bayern are looking to snap up Khedira for free at the end of this season whereas Arsenal are being more generous and have offered a hefty £24m for the box to box midfielder. (read more) Continue reading

Do Arsenal have a new No.5?

It seems as though Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is closing in on a move away from the Emirates this summer as his No.5 Jersey has been handed over to new recruit Calum Chambers in training. The Daily Mail reports that one could take cues from the changes in jersey numbers to ascertain that Vermaelen has already decided to leave the Emirates.

Although there is no official word that the Belgian would leave, the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona have been heavily linked with the tough tackling defender in recent months, and Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger too hinted at a possible exit for the 28-year old during pre-season. Continue reading

Forest stopper turns down Arsenal move

23-year old Arsenal target Karl Darlow insists that he is not leaving Nottingham Forest this summer. The highly rated shot-stopper is being scouted extensively by Premier League clubs, and while he is flattered by their interest, he does not see himself taking a big step up to the Premier League this summer.

The former Aston Villa youth goalie has acquired the requisite experience on loan away from Nottingham for a couple of seasons to now be established as a regular at Forest, and he wants to keep playing regularly. Continue reading

Olivier Giroud set for new contract at Arsenal

Arsenal ace striker Olivier Giroud is set to be handed a contract extension until 2018, according to reports from the Daily Mail. The 27-year old striker has netted 39 goals in 98 games in all competitions for the Gunners since joining them in 2012, and has also contributed significantly by way of assists up front.

Giroud’s current contract with the Gunners is until 2016, but the North Londoners’ boss Arsene Wenger is ready to extend it until 2018 after seeing his compatriot improve on his first season in the Premier League last term. Continue reading

Arsenal interested in £16 million rated Porto star

Arsenal are reported to be going after another attacking midfield signing as they prepare a £15.8 million offer for Colombian Juan Quintero. The Metro reports that the Gunners could even go up to £20 million for the Porto man, who possibly impressed Arsene Wenger with his energetic displays at the World Cup.

The transfer rumour is rather bizarre though as Arsenal have a number of players who can fill-in in the attacking midfield position, and one would argue that they are in more need of a defensive midfielder and a centre-back. Quintero is very highly rated in Portugal, but doubts still persist about the rumours linking him to Arsenal, who have an abundance of midfield resources. Continue reading