Arsenal transfer gossip roundup inc Sanchez, Navas + some midfielders

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If you were to believe everything that you’d read today, or over the last few weeks, Arsenal are buying just about every player at the World Cup.

So what rumours are doing the rounds today? There doesn’t seem to be anything new, just new versions of the same stories we’ve been hearing for a while.

In:

Linked with a move for Keylor Navas, the Levante keeper who has been impressing for Costa Rica, Arsenal certainly do need at least one keeper with Lukasz Fabianski away and Vito Mannone’s loan replacement back in Italy. Navas, 27, was widely seen as the second best keeper in La Liga last season behind Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. Would he want to come to a club where he isn’t guaranteed a starting role?

Apparently Alexis Sanchez would prefer to move to Arsenal instead of Manchester United or Liverpool, well, according to the tabloids anyway. Quite how they know this no-one knows. Barcelona could be open to selling Sanchez but much would depend on their ability to sign Luis Suarez and with Liverpool perhaps asking for Sanchez as part of any Suarez deal, things could get messy.

Arsenal are also after Morgan Schneiderlin [£20m] or Sami Khedira [£23m] depending on whether you read the Sun or Mirror, although the Mirror are also getting in on the Schneiderlin action as well now. There are rumours that Mauricio Pochettino might use his connections to bring the French midfielder to Sp*rs by offering him a guaranteed starting role, but, seriously, none of that detracts away from it still being Tottenham.

Out:

Thomas Vermaelen is nearing the exit door at Arsenal as rumours emerge of an agreement between the Gunners and Manchester United which would see the Belgian move north for £11m. Whatever.

More on site throughout the day so keep an eye out.

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  • Paul 35mm

    It does seem like Arsenal are in the running to sign virtually every striker, winger, right back, and defensive midfielder rumored to be available.

    Arsenal have been linked with strikers;
    Radameal Falcao
    Edinson Cavani
    Mario Balotelli
    Mario Mandzukic
    Loic Remy
    Wilfried Bony
    Alvaro Morata (again)
    Karim Benzema (again)
    Gonzalo Higuain (again)
    Jackson Martinez (again)

    Wingers;
    Alexis Sanchez
    Angel DiMaria
    Antoine Griezeman
    Julian Draxler
    Juan Cuadrado
    Clement Grenier

    Mathieu Valbuena

    Defensive midfielders;
    Sami Khedira
    Maxine Gonalons
    Arturo Vidal
    Lars Bender
    Sven Bender
    Morgan Schneiderlin
    Luis Gustavo
    Paul Pogba

    Right Backs;
    Mathieu Debuchy
    Serge Aurier
    Daryl Janmaat
    Micah Richards
    Joseba Zeldua
    Stephan Lichsteiner
    Atsuto Uchida

    Goal Keepers;
    Kaspar Schmeichel
    Guillermo Ochoa
    Iker Casillas
    David Marshall
    Asmir Begovic
    Petr Cech
    Victor Valdes
    David Ospina
    Vincent Eneyama

    That’s over 40 players linked; or ten players per position Arsenal are seen to need. With a few exceptions, any of these players would adddepth and quality to the side; but last summer a similar raft of talent was rumored and Arsenal, on short notice, signed Sanogo, Flamini, and Ozil. Sanogo’s signing was rumored for a bit beforehand, but Flamini and Ozil were virtually unheard of until a week or less before they joined.

    Unfortunayely, that is Arsenal’s transfer approach, everything stays quiet until the deals are nearly done. I say “unfortunately not because I think Arsene Wenger is wrong about how he does business but because it was be tremendous to think of Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Angel DiMaria, David Marshall, Serge Aurier, and Mario Mandzukic in Arsenal Red; but the fear is that players linked publicly are being linked by agents, players hoping to come to Arsenal (Loic Remy anyone) or clubs hoping to sell their rejects for top money; and none of these names are coming from inside the Arsenal camp.

    In the end, Arsenal will sign the players the club needs to thrive; I have faith; but the idea of Angel DiMaria blasting past Chelsea defenders is something any Gooner would wantto see. Who wouldn’t want to see Arturo Vidal snuff out a Man U attack? Watching David Marshall recreate his form from last season as Arsenal’s cup keeper would be amazing, and the sight of Alexis Sanchez clinically placing balls in the corners of the goal is something to swoon over. All of these things are so easy to imagine, but if the past is any guide for the furture, the players Arsenal sign won’t be the ones rumored or linked; they’ll be different players entirely. That might be for the better, but it sort of spoils the whole fantasy.

  • Rod

    Lets just hope it doesn’t go the way of previous windows, and come down to another deadline day scramble to get one proper signing across the line, we all know we need at least four serious acquisitions this time.