Arsenal Transfer Wrap: Sunday, 11th January

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City want Arsenal target Lacazette

Manchester City are reported to be wishful of selling Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo to sign the duo of Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony and Olympique Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and balance their transfer accounts, according to reports in The Daily Star. Lacazette is believed to be a target for Arsenal too.

Wenger wants to sign a villain!

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be contemplating a move for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, according to reports in The Daily Express. The 27 year old became ‘public enemy number one’ at the Emirates Stadium after he broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg with a harsh tackle almost 5 years ago.

Wenger helping Newcastle

The Newcastle United hierarchy are believed to be interested in appointing ex-Arsenal player Remi Garde as their new manager, says The Daily Express. It is believed that Garde is also in touch with his former mentor Arsene Wenger over the matter, with the latter advising him to make full use of the opportunity and take up the job.

 

Spicy Rumours

Arsenal to make £3m offer for Reid

Arsenal will table a £3m offer to sign West Ham United star Winston Reid, according to reports in The Daily Star. It is believed that the Gunners will offer the player a lucrative four year deal at the Emirates Stadium, which will enable him to earn £60,000-per-week.

Tottenham want McCarthy

Tottenham Hotspur are understood to be wishful of signing Everton ace James McCarthy, according to reports in The Daily Express. The north Londoners are also understood to be keen on signing Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but their wish to land McCarthy means that the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United will be boosted in their race for the Frenchman.

Rodriguez is still a wanted by his suitors

Southampton star Jay Rodriguez may be taking ages to return from his cruciate knee ligament injury, but that has not reduced his demand in the market. Reports in The Daily Express reveal that Arsenal still want to sign the 25 year old, with the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur also following him.

 

Sounds Realistic

Sanogo nearing Crystal Palace move

Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo may be nearing a loan switch to Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew, according to reports in L’Equipe. The 21 year old is also wanted at clubs like Hull City, Bordeaux and Lorient, with manager Arsene Wenger wanting him to move to a Premier League side.

 

Done Deal

Shaqiri moves to Inter

Arsenal target Xherdan Shaqiri has moved to Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season, ahead of a probable £10m permanent transfer in the summer, reports The Daily Star. The ‘Alpine Messi’, as he is affectionately called, was on the target-list of the likes of Liverpool and Everton.

Man City a striker short for Arsenal clash

Manchester City head into this weekend’s big game against Arsenal a striker short after Montenegrin international Stevan Jovetic picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty, thus ruling him out of the game against the Gunners.

Arsenal have already beaten Man City 3-0 in the Community Shield game earlier this season, but fans of both clubs know that the Citizens fielded a second string side for that game and Arsenal took full advantage of the opportunity presented to them. Continue reading

Arsenal Summer Transfer Window Review: Two missed, five to go

We’re almost at the halfway stage of the summer transfer window, and usually this would be a terrific time to take stock of how we’ve fared so far this summer. Except that on the face of it, it doesn’t look like we’ve done much at all.

Let me begin by stating the obvious. I love Arsenal and I adore Arsene Wenger almost as much as I love the Gunners… almost. I have no intent of getting on the Wenger bashing bandwagon, because lets face it, the man’s put us on the world map, and sure we might have taken a beating over the last decade, but the rewards of being at the Emirates are likely to pay off well past Wenger’s lifetime, and quite possibly some of our readers’ as well. So while emotions do play a crucial role on how we see things, lets also try to look at things from a rational perspective. Continue reading

Does Gomez’s arrival at Fiorentina mean Arsenal can finally move for Jovetic?

Bayern Munich have confirmed the sale of German striker Mario Gomez to Fiorentina for a fee of 13.7 million pounds. The forward, who scored 113 goals in 174 appearances for Bayern, found himself sidelined at the German club after the arrival of Mario Mandzukic last season, and wished to leave for Fiorentina, Bayern’s chairman confirmed. Continue reading

Jovetic shuns Arsenal for Juventus

Stevan Jovetic has come out to assert his allegiance towards Italian Giants Juventus, ending weeks of speculations regarding a move to the Emirates, breaking millions of Arsenal hearts in the process. The 23 year old Montenegrin forward has confirmed that he is looking forward to a move to Turin, this summer, which could even lead Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho to consider other options.

According to reports published in The Metro, Jovetic said: “I gave my all to Fiorentina, but [coach] Antonio Conte could help me grow at Juventus…Juventus have been trying to get me for over a year. They say they want me and that I am first on their list ahead of Ibrahimovic, Tevez and Higuain. Who wouldn’t be flattered by that? I want to move there so I can grow.” Continue reading

Arsenal lost out on Jovetic due to usual price haggling

Arsenal and Juventus are trapped in a tug of war for 23 year old Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic and the Italian Champions appear to be pulling their weight in this contest.

Jovetic was Arsenal’s top transfer target this summer and Arsene Wenger was keen on acquiring the services of the talented striker, but Juventus who are always lurking around the corner to add to their attacking options have taken an interest in the Fiorentina forward and are in pole position to bring Jovetic to Turin. Continue reading

Arsenal ready to dig deep in their pockets to pay Rooney

Arsenal are ready to smash apart their wage structure to acquiesce to Wayne Rooney’s high demands, paving a way for the striker to depart Manchester and come to the North London club.

Arsenal are infamous for their strict wage structure where the highest earning player is Theo Walcott at just over 90,000 pounds a week. The management however has assured Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger that the club will support the English forward’s astronomical wages should Rooney agree to a move to Emirates. The club has promised support to the Frenchman of making more than 150,000 pounds available per week if they are to be used on the right player. Rooney at present earns 250,000 pounds a week, and will hopefully not demand a significant wage hike to agree to a transfer.

Arsenal Transfer Rumour Round-up: Mertesacker, Schneiderlin, Sanogo, Cesar, Jovetic and Sanchez latest news

There was a lot of Arsenal news in the press today, with everyone from existing players to future players to just the usual gossip being bandied about. Here are some snippets of whose saying what…

Per’s our Man

Arsenal center back Per Mertesacker has once again dismissed rumours that he will leave the Gunners this summer. Speaking to German sports website sport1.de, the German International said: “I do not think they want to get rid of me after this season here. I have become an integral part of the team and have really earned respect here.” Mertesacker is an integral part of Arsenal’s resurgence in recent months, and has definitely earned the respect of the fans in North London. Continue reading