Arsenal transfer news
Arsenal January Transfer 2015
Arsenal eyeing Colombian Chelsea target as big-money summer signing
Arsenal are eyeing up a Jackson Martinez of Porto this summer as their big-money capture of 2015, the Metro claim.
The Gunners have agreed a big-money capture in each of the last two summer transfer windows, with Mesut Ozil and Alexi Sanchez having arrived from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and are now eyeing the Colombian striker as their 2015 marquee signing.
Martinez has been a constant goal-threat for the Portuguese side since his move in 2012 from Jaguares in Colombia, and has scored 62 league goals in his 80 appearances for the club so far, including 16 in his 21 this season. The striker has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in recent seasons, and is now being touted as the latter’s number one target for the close-season. The North-Londoners are also linked with a move for Palermo’s Paulo Dybala, who is also expected to be available for £29.5 Million in the summer, with Juventus, Manchester United and Chelsea also interested.
Will Dutch Master re-join Arsenal this summer?
Robin van Persie is in his third season at Manchester United and he doesn’t look like he’s enjoying it right now. He was awesome in his first year, too often injured in his second under David Moyes, and far from his best this year, despite being top scorer for Manchester United with 10 goals. He clearly wants to play up top on his own but the arrival of Radamel Falcao has seen Louis van Gaal, rightly, try to squeeze them both into the starting eleven. It hasn’t worked. Perhaps they are just too similar, with the same instinct for their movements and runs, and not enough pace to complement each other. Van Persie is struggling at Manchester United because he doesn’t work well with Falcao and there is not enough pace in the team. In this formation RvP is regularly expected to be the man to penetrate the back line of the opposition and use the channels. But he simply doesn’t have the pace for it. Arsenal have pace in abundance but lack a really stellar finisher. And RvP is still one of the best around. Put speedy players around him and offer decent service and he’ll bag you 20 goals again next season. He will be 32 in August but Arsenal need a clinical finisher and they could do a lot worse than to bring RvP back for a season for a swan song. The fans would soon forgive him if he started banging them in again and he’s still a far better centre forward than Giroud or Welbeck. Arsenal fans: would you take him back?
Morgan Schneiderlin snubs Liverpool and Man Utd to AGREE stunning Arsenal move
MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN has reportedly agreed to sign for Arsenal this summer. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the Southampton star has a “personal agreement” to snub interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool to join the Gunners. Arsene Wenger tried – and failed – in a bid to sign him before the start of this season. But now it appears he’s won his battle after Schneiderling agreed personal terms on a move. The £15m-rated midfielder, 25, wanted to leave the Saints in the summer but club chiefs put a block on the move following the depatures of Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana.
Similar transfer claims were made last month by The Secret Footballer – the pseudonym of a Premier League player who has written two books – on Twitter. Asked if Arsenal had signed anyone, the Secret Footballer tweeted: “My understanding is that they have an agreement already in place with Schneiderlin.” The £15m-rated midfielder has been backed for a big move by Gary Neville. He said: “I think he could play at any of the top clubs in the league, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Arsenal – he’s showed his quality this season. “You look at Schneiderlin and Fonte today, there was no sweat on them. They’re composed and organised.”
Marco Reus is ready to join Arsenal over Chelsea
Marco Reus is apparently ready to snub interest from Chelsea to join Arsenal at the end of the season, according to reports. The Gunners resumed their interest in Borussia Dortmund flyer Reus this week, following the news that Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race. And while Chelsea had been rumoured to be planning a huge contract offer, the Daily Star says Reus would prefer to join Arsenal instead – to work under Arsene Wenger. Reus will be one of the bargains of the year in the summer, with the attacker set to leave Dortmund when his release clause drops to just £20million. Arsenal are happy to pay that and if these rumours are to be believed, Reus could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal ‘Ready To Move’ For €25m German Super Star – Reports
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are ‘ready to move’ for Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus after Bayern Munich pulled out of the race for his signature. Reus is one of the most sought after players in world football, mainly due to the fact he has a €25m (£20m) buy-out clause in his contract and that kind of money is an absolute bargain for a player of his quality. Understandably, most top clubs in Europe have been linked but many assumed Reus may follow former Dortmund team-mates Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in heading to Bayern. However, the Telegraph quote German newspaper Bild, who claim that Bayern have ended their interest in the 25-year-old with Pep Guardiola apparently turning his attention to other targets. Man Utd and Real Madrid have also been linked, but Bild suggest that it’s Arsenal who are now the most likely destination and we are ready to make our move ahead of a summer deal. Arsene Wenger has publicly admitted he’s a huge fan of Rues in the past and there were rumours we had a deal agreed in principal to sign the German attacker last summer before he got injured. So I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if we did renew our interest this coming summer and it would be a huge boost if Bayern are out the running. With Lukas Podolski expected to leave on a permanent basis at the end of the season and doubts still hanging over the long-term future of Joel Campbell, we may have a spot free on the left side of our attack and I’d love to see Reus fill it. There’s still a long way to go before that happens, but what a signing he’d be. Reus, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Cazorla….what an attack we’d have!
Arsenal are set to make a final bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
The French international has been long-linked with a move the Emirates club with the Gunners last holding talks in the summer to sign him. No deal was agreed, but now according to the latest reports a the Metro, the north Londoners will make a £15million bid for the player in the hope of acquiring the player before the transfer window slams shut on Monday at 11pm. The Saints have maintained that they would like the central midfielder to stay put, however, it is believed that Schneiderlin is keen to play Champions League football. The Saints have been flying this season and currently sit third in the Premier League past the half-way point having taken 42 points from 22 matches. If the Gunners capture Schneiderlin this window it would complete a good month for the club who have already completed deals for Polish youngster Krystian Bielik and Villareal defender Paulista.
ARSENAL have made a bid for Borussia Dortmund star Kevin Grosskreutz.
With the Gunners looking to bring in reinforcements this month, they have made a surprise bid – in the region of £3.7m – for the versatile player.According to reports, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has approached Dortmund and has offered a bid to secure his signature.Grosskreutz is said to be a boyhood Arsenal fan and open to a move.The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract and, with Dortmund still loitering towards the bottom of the German Bundesliga, could be looking to jump ship.
Wenger has made it clear he wants at least two new faces to come in this month.Grosskreutz is able to play right-back or anywhere across the midfield.He has five caps for Germany to his name and was in their World Cup winning squad, although failed to play in the finals in Brazil.Wenger has been able to have a good look at the player first hand, after Grosskreutz started both Champions League games between the two sides earlier this season.
Arsenal ‘make transfer offer for Real Madrid star Asier Illarramendi’
Arsenal have made an offer to sign Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi at the end of the season.
Illarramendi, who joined Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2013 for £24million, has struggled to hold down a regular place at the club – and now looks certain to leave.
Athletic Bilbao have made an approach for him, but Marca reports that the 24-year-old has received an offer to join Arsenal in the summer.
They say that Illarramendi is happy with the offer and would like to live in London, but could end up accepting a transfer this month rather than waiting until the summer.
Arsenal set for work permit hearing to sign Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista
Arsenal are expected to push ahead with their interest in Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, following the completion of a deal for teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw.
However, the Gunners are likely to have to overcome a work permit hearing before uncapped Brazilian Gabriel would be allowed to play in England.
Bielik, who can play in midfield or defence, is expected to work initially within the Gunners’ under-21 side, with a view to a swift progression through to the senior squad.
Arsenal have confirmed the transfer from Legia Warsaw of Bielik, who also had talks with Hamburg and is believed to have cost around 2.5 million pounds.
Any move to bring in Gabriel ahead of the transfer deadline, however, is unlikely to prove so straight forward.
Press Association Sport reports Arsenal are interested in brokering a deal, but negotiations are at a very early stage.
Villarreal want to see the 15.25 million-pound buyout clause activated, with coach Marcelino conceding earlier this week that might prove “impossible to turn down.”
Arsenal, though, are said to be offering in the region of 10 million pounds, which would be following add-ons to an initial down payment.
Speaking on the El Larguero show on Spanish radio network Cadena SER, Marcelino said: “I hadn’t considered selling Gabriel, it’s bad news from a sporting point of view. If both Gabriel and the club believe that his sale to Arsenal is the best for all parties, we will accept.”
While terms could be swiftly wrapped up, clearing government red tape at the Home Office could potentially scupper any proposed transfer.
As Gabriel is not a European Union citizen and has yet to establish himself as a senior Brazil international, he would not meet the automatic work permit criteria.
Arsenal, therefore, would need to convince a Football Association hearing, which is run on behalf of the Home Office, that the player is an “exceptional talent” and so should be granted permission to work in the United Kingdom. That recommendation is then passed onto the government department for a final ruling.
There are no guarantees, however, that such a procedure would have a positive outcome.
Costa Rica international Joel Campbell was sent out on loan three times — to Lorient, Real Betis and then Olympiakos — as he awaited international clearance on a 2010 transfer from Saprissa, before returning to join the Gunners squad at the start of the current season.
Coincidentally, Campbell could end up being part of a deal for Gabriel, although with Wenger having already allowed Lukas Podolski to move to Inter Milan and Yaya Sanogo loaned to Crystal Palace, Arsenal are not keen to further deplete their attacking options.
In defence, they have also considered St Etienne captain Loic Perrin, but Press Association Sport claims there will not be an imminent move for West Ham’s Winston Reid, who is out of contract in the summer.
Defender Confirms Arsenal Talks
Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has claimed his agent has been in discussion with Arsenal ahead of a potential £5 million move to the North London club this month, according to reports.
Arsenal are re expected to bring in another centre-back this month after their lack of options in defence have been exposed during the first half of the season when Laurent Koscielny has been on the sidelines. Full-backs Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy have both filled in in the middle of the defence this season to highlight Arsène Wenger’s lack of options.
Wenger has confirmed he needs to strengthen his side at the back, heightened by the injury to Mathieu Debuchy earlier this month. Several names have been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks.
The latest to emerge as a potential target is Villarreal’s central defender Gabriel Paulista with theMirror claiming today that Arsenal have offered €6.5 million (£5m) plus add-ons for the 24-year-old centre-back.
It is not yet known whether the La Liga outfit will be prepared to sell one of their key men this month, but the newspaper claims that Arsenal could use to loan of Joel Campbell to them as a make-weight.
Joel Campbell is keen to make a career at Arsenal but has struggled to hold down a first-team place due to the competition for places in attack. It would make sense to let the Costa Rican join Villarreal on loan if it means Arseanl can land Paulista.
It sounds as if the Brazilian would certainly be up for the move as he admitted to reporters after Saturday’s win over Athletic Bilbao that Arsenal are in talks with his agent about a potential move and it would be ‘excellent’ if a deal could be agreed:
“The subject is being discussed by my agent and the club.
“If I go to Arsenal it will be excellent. But if it’s not finalised then I am relaxed. I am focused on my work here.”
Gabriel Paulista joined Villarreal from Brazilian side Vitória in August 2013 and has been a rock at the back in a team has not lost in Spain since early November.
However, a deal would hinge on him being granted a work permit to play in England, and that may be difficult as he is yet to earn a single cap for the Brazilian senior national team and he doesn’t hold a EU passport.
Whilst it is almost certain Arsenal will bring in another centre-back this month it is not yet clear who. Paulista would be a solid option if, but Winston Reid from West Ham remains most people’s favourite choice.
Martin Graiciar confirms he’s agreed terms on Arsenal transfer
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Czech striker Martin Graiciar from Viktoria Plzen.
Graiciar, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid, is due to arrive in London over the weekend for a medical to finalise the transfer.
Arsenal had tried to sign him last February, but negotiations initially hit a stalemate, before the Gunners returned with an improved offer recently.
The 15-year-old confirmed the deal on Facebook, before adding: ‘Wenger is the one who made this possible.’
Arsenal have been linked with Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic for a few months now.
Seems that the Gunners are serious in their interest in the player as they have offered between £6-8m for the central midfielder, according to Sky Italia.
Apparently, the London club has had its initial lower bid for the player rejected and have made a better offer as they are serious about the 22 year old who they think can make a difference in the side.
He has vast experience for his age as he has already racked up close to 150 appearances for club and country. Dinamo handed Brozovic a seven year contract in 2012 as he was brought in to replace Milan Badelj who had departed for Hamburg. Getting such a long contract is a testament to the player’s abilities.
Brozovic is not the defensive midfielder Arsenal supporters are so desperate to see arrive this winter. The Croatian is more box to box than anything else, but has the ability to play deeper in the holding role. He starts out sitting deep and can work best along another good defensive midfielder. He hovers in and around the edge of box and is an attacking menace. He has excellent vision which helps him link up the play with other attackers. He also possesses intelligent runs. These attributes mean that he feels more comfortable in that box to box Frank Lampard like role. However, when asked to act like the shield for the back four, he does an effective job.
In the 22 year old, Arsenal will land an intelligent young player who can go on to become a big thing for them. However, expectations would have to be lowered especially if he arrives in the winter as it takes time for a young player to adjust in a foreign country and league. Brozovic’s slight built would also mean it would take him time to adjust to the more physically demanding English Premier League.
He is not what Arsenal are crying out for – a solid defensive midfielder – but it seems Wenger is getting that in Krystian Bielik. The Croatian international will prove to be a valuable addition to the squad, for a cheap price. He would also provide much needed competition for Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. If Wenger starts using him in the holding role, and mentors him correctly, he might get used to playing in the position and put on solid performances there.
All in all, if Arsenal land this one, they would be getting a quality young player who has a lot to show in the coming years.
Legia Warsaw ‘accept’ revised Arsenal offer for Krystian Bielik
Arsenal look to have moved a step closer to making their first January signing after reportedly having a bid accepted for midfielder Krystian Bielik.
The Gunners have been trailing the youngster for some weeks and are said to have had an offer rejected earlier this month.
But according to reports in Poland, Bielik’s club Legia Warsaw have accepted a bid, thought to be in the region of £2.4m
Arsenal were forced to move fast to table an offer which Warsaw would consider, following news Bielik was given a tour of Hamburg’s training facilities, with the Bundesliga club keen on a deal.
But it appears the Gunners are again the front-runners to sign the 17-year-old, with his club leaving the decision on his future up to the youngster.
Arsenal Set To Complete £25m Deal For Midfielder
Arsene Wenger could be closing in on his first signing of the January transfer window with reports suggesting the Gunners are looking to seal a £25m deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.
The 22-year-old has an outstanding reputation in his homeland and has been tipped to secure a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs after a string on fine performances for club and country.
Carvalho was part of Portugal’s World Cup squad last year and was a major transfer target for Wenger in the summer, but the Frenchman failed to land the midfielder.
According to the Metro, Arsenal have revived their interest in the youngster and are willing to fork out £25m to bring him to the Premier League.
The north London club have made a midfielder their top priority this month after losing Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey to injury.
Carvalho admitted in November that he is open to the idea of a switch to England, and has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger aims to sign £25m William Carvalho from Lisbon within weeks
Arsenal hope to sign Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho within the next fortnight. The fee will be in excess of £25m. (Mail)
The Gunners had been heavily linked with a move for the highly-rated central midfielder all summer and there were suggestions that they would complete a deal for the Portuguese international before the end of the transfer window.
However, the move failed to materliase and Carvalho ended up staying put in Lisbon with some reports even suggesting he would even sign a new deal at the club.
Arsene Wenger had made two bids for the Portuguese international during the summer, but after both were turned down he has now gone back into the market and made a decisive move for the robust central midfielder
Arsenal to make £3m bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid
ARSENE WENGER will make a cheeky £3million bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid after Sam Allardyce revealed he has “no future” at Upton Park.
And the Hammers are ready to take the money in the transfer window rather than allow New Zealand star Reid, 26, to make a move to The Emirates on a free transfer in the summer.
Gunners boss Wenger is desperate to boost his rearguard and will offer Reid a four-year, £60,000-a-week, deal.
But former Hammers ace Steve Lomas reckons boss Allardyce should keep Reid for the remainder of the campaign.
He said: “Reid has been West Ham’s most consistent player so he’d be a massive loss.
“They could get higher up in the league if he stays.”
Arsenal Agree Deal For 19-Goal Striker
Arsenal have reportedly accepted a bid for Benik Afobe, which will see him leave on a permanent basis. The bid is from an unnamed Championship club believed to be Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 21-year-old has managed 19 goals for MK Dons on loan this season, but Wolves are understood to have had a bid accepted to sign the forward on a permanent basis.
Arsene Wenger will have been impressed with how Afobe has performed on loan this season, but at 21, there was a feeling that his time to break into the Arsenal senior squad had passed. This opinion is strengthened when you see the young strikers like Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo already in the Arsenal matchday squads.
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson confirmed on Saturday night that Afobe was set to join a Championship club, cutting short his loan spell with the club:
“Benik is officially speaking to another Championship club,” said Dons boss Robinson.
“We can’t say who that’s to but he’s having a medical somewhere and he is maybe moving onto other things.
“We wish him good luck.”
Arsenal will be happy to see Afobe move to a Championship team after good form on loan. It is not clear how much he will cost Wolves, but it will be significantly more than what he was valued at before his successful loan spell with Wolves.
Wenger has already loaned out Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo is also set to leave on loan as the Gunners look to trim the excess off of their attack.
Arsenal Striker Set to Join Crystal Palace on Loan
Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to choose to join Crystal Palace on loan over fellow Premier League side Hull City.
The 21-year old appears to want to stay in London for the second half of the season with manager Arsène Wenger wanting to send the French striker out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience.
Yaya Sanogo has made only three Premier League appearances (2 starts) for the Gunners this season, totalling 140 minutes.
The former Auxerre striker is still without a single Premier League goal having now played 11 times in the English top flight since joining the North London club in 2013.
Sanogo would face competition from Fraizer Campbell, Dwight Gayler and former Gunner Maroaune Chamakh for a first-team place at Selhurst Park should he join Alan Pardew’s side.
The Metro are confident the youngster is heading that way during the January transfer window. Arsène Wenger desires that he remains in England having turned down offers from French Ligue 1 sides Bordeaux and FC Lorient willing to give his player first-team football for the second half of the season.
Steve Bruce Admits To Hull Interest In Yaya Sanogo Loan Deal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants the 21-year-old French striker to gain valuable experience at a Premier League club and would rather not loan him abroad.
Earlier at Arsenal’s press conference ahead of the game against Stoke City on Sunday, Wenger spoke about Sanago’s situation. He said: “My preference is for England. He [Yaya Sanogo] will go to a Premier League club.”
Bruce is thin on options in the forward department and is eyeing up a move for Arsenal’s out of favour forward.
The Tigers boss admitted that he is monitoring Sanogo’s situation.
He said: “It’s been made clear that the boy might be available on loan and it’s something we’ll have a look at.
“We have got four or five things going, like most Premier League clubs. We’ll have to wait and see but, as usual, it will probably happen in the last couple of days of the window. Everyone’s jockeying for position.
“If we can bring a couple in to bolster the squad, that would be great.”
Bruce will have to compete with other Premier League clubs for Sanago’s signature with Crystal Palace being one of the clubs in the race to sign him.
A move to the Premier League would do Sanogo a world of good and would give him the confidence and belief to go out and score valuable goals.
Arsenal edge closer to signing William Carvalho and Loic Perrin
According to reports, the Gunners are closing in on Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and St Etienne’s Loic Perrin.
Both midfielders have been repeatedly linked with moves to the Emirates in recent months, and several publications have claimed Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the defensive midfielders, who have attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs.
And sources in Spain have suggested the Frenchman is about to swoop for the combative duo, who are reportedly wanted by the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The news of Wenger’s move for Carvalho and Perrin will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans.
For several years, the Emirates faithful have crying out for Wenger to sign a defensive midfielder to address the imbalances in the team.
And if these reports are true, the fans’ prayers have finally been answered.
Arsenal ‘plot £64m bid’ for Real Madrid’s Isco
Real Madrid midfielder Isco is a £64m target for Arsenal, according to reports.
Manager Arsene Wenger is readying a club record transfer in order to land the 22-year-old, claims the Daily Star.
Isco joined Real from Malaga in a £23m deal in 2013.
He has found regular starts difficult to come by, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale often deployed in his preferred attacking midfield position.
But injuries to Bale and Luka Modric have seen the Spain international become a key man in Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.
He has even been deployed in a deeper role to compensate for Modric’s absence, and it is in that deep-lying midfield position that Wenger would probably like to use him.
With Bale back and Modric returning soon, Isco could find himself back on the fringes and Arsenal will apparently test Real’s resolve with a big-money bid.
Real Sociedad boss David Moyes to launch loan bid for Arsenal ace Joel Campbell
The Costa Rica ace is thought to be available for loan, with the 22-year-old down the pecking order in the forward ranks at Emirates Stadium.
Moyes is desperate to add attacking options to his side after taking over at the La Liga strugglers in November.
And Spanish newspaper Sport claims Moyes is eager to bring that player to northern Spain as part of his revamp of the Sociedad dressing room.Premier League sides West Brom and Crystal Palace have reportedly both expressed an interest in signing the player on a temporary basis.A domestic switch may appeal more to Gunners chief Arsene Wenger, with the player still adapting to life in the English game after spending the past three seasons on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.
Sanogo choose loan move to Bordeaux
There’s been talk about Sanogo moving on to another club on loan. And many clubs within and outside the Premiership have indicated interest in taking on our budding striker.
Arsene stated his preference for Sanogo to join a Premier League club to gain EPL experience. However, it seems the lad Sanaogo, has chosen to move to Bordeaux according to statements made by the club’s president Jean-Louis Triaud.
It seems this had been brewing for a while as Will Sagnol Bordeaux’s manager had stated his confidence about Sanogo joining the Ligue Un club. He only seems a sensible replacement to Bordeaux’s first choice striker Cheick Diabate.
Wenger Close to First January Signing as Player Reveals Talks
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to complete a signing after St Etienne defender Loic Perrin admitted he has been contacted by the English Premier League club over a potential move in the January transfer window.
Perrin was recently linked with a transfer to Arsenal, with St Etienne manager even admitting he would consider the sale of his player if an acceptable offer from the North London side were to come in.
Now it looks like there is definitely some substance in the rumours after all, with the 29-year-old himself revealing he has talked to Arsenal over a proposed move in January.
“I was contacted personally,” he told Le Progres after leading St Etienne to victory over Nancy on Sunday. “Arsenal are interested.
“But for now, there is still no contact with Saint-Etienne.”
St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier a few days back said he was aware of Arsenal’s interest and a sale could well be on the cards.
“Loic is a special case that I will look after personally,” he said. “I’m not saying the door is open but if a surprising offer is made we would have to listen to Loic and his wishes.
“He is a player who has spent all of his career at the club. Arsenal are a big club in a big league.”
That probably means that Arsenal have made contact with the club as well, with the news probably not trickling down to the player.
Perrin is a reliable centre-back, who is also capable of playing in defensive midfield, the two positions that Arsenal desperately need to strengthen in January.
Arsenal have been linked with several names in the January transfer window to fill that centre-back position, including Mats Hummels and Winston Reid, who looks like he is on his way out of West Ham.
While Reid will give Arsenal Premier League experience and Hummels that world class ability, Perrin could be a pretty decent option as a third-choice centre-back, or even fourth-choice if Wenger sees Calum Chambers as a central defender.
Buying Perrin for around a £4-6 million fee will also allow Wenger to spend more heavily on that midfielder, with the likes of William Carvalho, Morgan Schneiderlin and Grzegorz Krychowiak all heavily linked.
Carvalho is expected to cost Arsenal at least £20 million, while Schneiderlin and Krychowiak could prove to be more expensive, and if Wenger can broker a deal for Perrin for a reasonable fee, then the prospect of one of them joining could increase considerably.
Arsenal To Bid £20m For DM Who Can Also Play CB
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready meet the £20m valuation of Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder, William Carvalho and the deal is likely to happen this January. The Gunners were reported to have put in a £20m bid for the 22-year-old in the summer which the Portuguese club had since rejected, holding out for a fee close to £28m. Now, the story is that Sporting has reduced his valuation to about £20m and Arsenal would sure meet the fee. Carvalho, who has been linked to the North London club all summer long, was put on sale by his employers and said to have a £37m buyout clause in his contract. However, the club’s desperation to sell as a result of their financial situation has forced them to sell at ‘substantially’ below his £37m buy-out fee with fees paid upfront and not in instalments. The player is also said to be part-owned by an investment company, Banco Espirito Santo, which has 40% stake in the transfer fee, if the deal happens, meaning if an agreement is reached with a club for £28m, only £14m would go to the club.
Reports have suggested that Wenger would go for the player this January as he looks to bring the powerful midfielder to have a strong finish in the EPL as the player would be cup tied for the UEFA Champions’ League this season. Fans more than ever would want this deal to happen as the injury to Mikel Arteta has left only Mathieu Flamini and the young Francis Coquelin, who Wenger doesn’t seem to rate highly, as the club’s holding defensive midfielders. William Carvalho, the 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder, fits the bill perfectly to stand in for Mikel Arteta and also be a Thomas Vermaelen replacement as he has reportedly been shifted from defensive midfield to centre-back and even offensive midfield before. His frame, work-rate and strength makes him even more snugly suited for many other roles in the defence and midfield of Arsenal than any other player the club has been linked with. At 22, Carvalho is just entering his prime and is capable of dominating even the most competitive defensive and midfield battles with his height, aerial abilities, tackles and interceptions. He also shares the Patrick Vieira’s gift of being able to hold off two markers before spinning away into space with strength and skill.
Though Arsenal has been variously linked with many defensive midfielders, William Carvalho seems closest to Patrick Vieira in frame and style of play and it would just be perfect to have him at the North London club. At 22, Carvalho is just entering his prime and is capable of dominating even the most competitive midfield battles with his height, aerial abilities, tackles and interceptions. He also shares the Patrick Vieira’s gift of being able to hold off two markers before spinning away into space with strength and skill.
His football intelligence and instinctive ability to sense danger and responding effectively, also reminds one of Vieira, who focuses dutifully on his defensive responsibilities. With a player like Carvalho, box to box midfielders like Aaron Ramsey and playmakers like Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and even Tomas Rosicky would be confident enough to express themselves offensively without too much pressure on them to track back in fear of a defensive breakdown by the opponent.
William Carvalho, would no doubt make a fine acquisition by the Gunners, a lot would depend on Arsene Wenger, who calls shots and pulls plugs on any deal at the club.
Arsenal ‘finalising’ transfer deal to sign Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri’
Arsenal are ready to make a £20million January move for Germany international Christoph Kramer, even though his selling club Bayer Leverkusen are determined not to let him depart this winter.
The defensive midfielder, who is currently on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, is high on Arsenal’s list to shore up their midfield.
Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool at Anfield, which they lost 5-1 last season, is an uncomfortable reminder of the defensive deficiencies of the team.
And with Wenger reluctant to buy a stop-gap player in the January window, he would clearly rather pursue a leading target and see if there is a possibility of concluding a deal now, even though getting the midfielder out of Mönchengladbach is extremely complicated.
A two-season loan to Mönchengladbach was agreed with Leverkusen in 2013 and so stunning has his progress been that Kramer not only made the German World Cup squad but started the final, although he had to go off after 31 minutes with concussion.
Having spent two years on loan at Vfl Bochum, the 23-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance for his parent club.
Leverkusen will not sell for less than £25m and want him back in the summer.
Lars Bender is also a target but it is just as difficult to prise him from Leverkusen, having signed a new contract last season.
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is also being monitored, although the club show little inclination to sell during January.
ARSENAL are poised to hold talks over a move to sign Dinamo Zagreb star Marcelo Brozovic.
Brozovic has been dubbed the ‘Croatian Xavi’ for his style of play and has also been likened to Real Madrid star Luka Modric.
The Gunners are currently on the lookout for a holding midfield, and Brozovic is seen by Arsene Wenger as someone who could complement their system.
The 21-year-old is thought to be one of the most sought-after players in Europe, but it seems Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign him.
Reports in Croatia claim Arsenal are set to hold talks soon with the player after coming back to the table with a new and improved offer.
It is also thought that Brozovic wouldn’t have a problem sorting out a work permit should a deal be struck.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are confident of clinching a £1.6m move for Polish wonderkid Krystian Bielik.
EDINSON CAVANI is ready to ask Paris Saint-Germain to lower their £50m price tag to push through a move to Arsenal.
There are plenty more Arsenal transfer rumours this week linking the club with possible moves for a number of central midfielders in the January transfer window. Sami Khedira is still mentioned, although the German star seems set to extend his stay at Real Madrid, until next summer at least.
And there have been many more players toted as targets for Arsene Wenger. One of the latest of these, making a late run into the box as it were, is the Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. The Gunners were linked with him before when he was playing for Wigan but he ended up following Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park in a transfer that made him the Toffees second most expensive player at the time.
He has continued to improve and impress and now, according to theMail on Sunday, he has been identified by Wenger and his assistants as the perfect player to bolster the heart of the Gunners team. The papaer claims that we are preparing a £16 million offer for him in January, but Everton and Martinez may well be reluctant to sell and we may need to go higher.
But even then, especially with Gareth Barry not getting any younger, we may find it hard to bring him to north London. But we do have something that Everton want, in the shape of our young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell. We are not playing him anyway and have plenty of attacking options, so maybe he could be used as part of the transfer deal for McCarthy.
Everton already fave competition for Campbell, according to the Sun on Sunday, from West Brom so maybe that will; sharpen up their interest in a January transfer and that might just be the leverage Arsenal need to get McCarthy coming the other way.
The Gunners boss acknowledges that his side need fresh faces to kick-start their season but insists that buying players is not as simple as “going into a supermarket”
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will try to sign “at least one” new recruit during the January transfer window but insists that Arsenal will only target players of the “right quality”.
The Gunners boss has been under increasing pressure with a growing injury list contributing to disappointing recent results, with Jack Wilshere ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery and Mikel Arteta set to miss the rest of 2014 with a calf complaint.
The midfield duo join the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Debuchy on the sidelines but Wenger says that he will not sign sub-standard players as reinforcements given competition in the market.
“In January we will try to get at least one body in,” he told reporters. “You have to give us time. We do our job as always.
“This season we bought five players who are all top quality so I think we have done really well, we will try to repeat that.
“To buy football players is not to go into a supermarket and just say: ‘I want to buy a right-back or a centre-back.’ It’s to find the right quality. If you go out tomorrow you will see that everybody looks for the same positions. It’s not as simple as it looks.”
The Gunners currently sit eighth in the Premier League – 15 points behind table-toppers Chelsea – andthough Wenger has rejected rumours of an approach for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, he is hopeful of surprising fans with potential arrivals.
“In January it makes it even more difficult because players are even less available than in June or July,” he added, “but we will try to be creative and have one or two good ideas.
“We have gone through a period where we are very short but January might be a month when we have nearly everybody back.”
Arsenal may have already sorted out one of the bits of transfer business that will be done when the January transfer window opens in a little over a month. We won’t know until then of course, but one of the players linked with a move to the Emirates to strengthen the central midfield area has now handed in a transfer request at his current club and so is very likely to be moving on in January.
The player in question is the Portuguese international Joao Moutinho, who only joined the French Ligue 1 club Monaco from Porto last summer. It is not as if he is not a regular or even key part of the Monaco team, because the 28=year old has missed just one game for them so far this season and is their top scorer with three goals, including a late equaliser that salvaged a point for Monaco at the weekend.
But Monaco’s spending spree seems to have been a short lived and failed experiment. They have already sold on James Rodriguez and let Falcao join Manchester United and are struggling in the French league and the Champions League. It is pretty rare these days for players to hand in transfer requests as they tend to lose a lot of money in loyalty bonuses and the like, so Moutinho really must be desperate to move as soon as possible.
The report also claims that Arsenal are preparing a £30 million bid for him in order to beat Premier League rivals Man United and Chelsea to the punch as he is seen as the perfect player to take over from our club captain Mikel Arteta. What do you think of this potential transfer Gooners?
The Belgian left the Emirates at the end of last season after growing frustrated with his bit-part role, although Arsene Wenger never really replaced him.
Nacho Monreal has been forced to deputise in recent weeks and it is claimed the Gunners will look to bring Vermaelen back on loan.
Given the fact the defender is currently out injured – and yet to make his Barcelona debut – it is unlikely a move would be sanctioned.
The Gunners watched the 21-year-old play for his country against Italy and may make a move in January.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all said to be interested in signing the 27-year-old, who could be looking to push an early January sale through to beat each other to the signature.
Khedira is set to become a free agent in the summer as Real Madrid will not offer him a new contract.
Khedira has missed a lot of the 2014/15 season after suffering a long-term cruciate ligament knee injury when he returned from Brazil.
He is set to get another chance to prove his worth to Los Blancos before the end of the season, however, with Luka Modric expected to be sidelined for up to four months.
But Khedira’s injury and contract concerns have meant that Toni Kroos, Isco and James Rodriguez have all moved ahead of him Carlo Ancelotti’s line-up.