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We’re back. We’ll try and keep these updated on a regular basis. This is from our scouring the interwebs for all the latest and greatest Arsenal rumours. Please remember, we don’t generate these rumours, they come from a variety of different outlets and we do not and cannot validate them as to their truthfulness. - DAG
19 December (Mail) Multiple reports are suggesting that Arsenal are actively keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The Mail reports that Arsenal are continually scouting Costa, with the forward carrying a £32million release clause. Gunners scouts will travel to Atletico’s two games this week against Sant Andreu and Levante, but it is thought the North London club do not wish to test his release clause. Costa signed a new deal with Madrid in August until 2018, but a release clause of £32million is understood to have been added to the contract
19 December (Mail) Arsenal are said to be keen on Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Wenger is determined to sign a new striker next month and has stepped up his plans this week. The Daily Mail says while Luis Suarez remains Arsenal’s dream signing, the chances of him leaving Liverpool in January – particularly to Arsenal - are remote. Manchester United striker Chicharito is viewed as an alternative to the Liverpool striker given their similarities in style.
16 December (Mirror) Hoffenheim winger Kevin Volland is attracting big Premier League interest. The Mirror says he is a left-footed player blessed with pace and dribbling skills and operates on the right wing for his club. Arsenal, along with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are said to all have interest in the player. The bad news for the top-flight outfits is that Bayern Munich joined the queue last week. The youngster is rated at £12million and is under contract until 2017. He burst on to the Bundesliga scene last season and made 30 appearances.
16 December (Mirror) Arsenal face a the possibility of a hefty transfer fee if they want to complete the signing of Barcelona striker Tonny Sanabria. The Mirror says Arsenal will have to pay a staggering £3.6 million to sign Barcelona’s Paraguayan starlet Sanabria. The South American attacker is wanted by the Gunners who have tracked the kid rated the next Lionel Messi because of his size and skills. But Sanabria has a buy-out clause in his deal well above the amount that Arsene Wenger hoped to pay for the teenager.
16 December (El Confidencial) Arsenal are said to be prepared to move for Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas at the end of this season. El Confidencial says Arsenal have been encouraged by their initial contact with Casillas’ camp and if circumstances do not change for the Spanish goalkeeper, they intend to bid for him in the summer. Casillas is open to a move to London, but won’t consider leaving Real in midseason. Manchester City are also said to be interested.
5 December (Daily Star) Arsenal are being linked with a shock move for wantaway Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Daily Star says Berbatov wants to leave Fulham for another Premier League club in January, according to his agent Emil Dantchev. Arsenal as we know, are in the market for a frontman and Arsene Wengeradmitted he once considered signing the Bulgarian.
5 December (fanatix) Arsenal are interested in promising Standard Liege forward Michy Batshuayi, according to the Belgian club’s president. “What is new is the interest of Arsenal, although Arsenal are just one of many clubs who are chasing our striker Michy. Anyway, we are not willing to let go Michy this season,” he said
27 November (Tribal Football) According to Tribal Football Arsenal are said to be in advanced talks for Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo. Now fully fit after suffering a knee injury, Vadillo is again proving his potential and Punto Pelota says he’s on the brink of signing for Arsenal. The report also suggest that Arsene Wenger has made Vadillo’s signing a personal cause and it’s suggested the deal now only lacks the player’s signature. Finally, the fee for this deal is reportedly €20 million.
27 November (Tribal Football) FC Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken has told embattled Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner: ‘You just have to call’.nBendtner says he wants to find a new club in January in an attempt to relaunch his career.”If he wants to play for FCK, he just has to call. Then he can quickly come to play for us,” smiled Solbakken.
26 November (Express) Arsenal are said to be one of a few clubs who are interested in unsettled PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi.French sources is contemplating a move in January.The Daily Express says the Argentine will have a host of clubs to choose from in January as both the Gunners and Spurs look to bolster their forward line, with AC Milan and Internazionale also keen on bringing him back to Italy.
22 November (Le 10 Sport) Arsenal are said to be after PSG starlet Adrien Rabiot joining the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in rating the talent. Last month Rabiot suggested that he may have to follow the example of another PSG product Mamadou Sakho – who left the French capital for Liverpool in the summer – to further his career. He said: “I know it is important to the leaders and supporters [that I am homegrown]. But that’s not enough. If I am to be set aside on the day where others players are recruited in my position, it is not worth it. I do not want to live the way Mamadou Sakho did. After a while, when he realised he would not play much, he took the decision to leave and he did well. If a new midfielder is recruited in the winter transfer window, it will change the game for me. I would then think about my future.”
22 November (Punto Pelota) Agent Francois Gallardo (he of suspect quotes every other day), who has connections with Karim Benzema, says that Arsenal are keen to bring in both Benzema and Raphael Varane in the January transfer window. The super-agent expects Wenger to make an approach to bring the duo to the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window. ”Arsenal want to reinforce in the winter and will go for Benzema and Varane,” he told Punto Pelota. ”Karim is the darling of Wenger, who is obsessed with him and Raphael, but the deal will almost be unworkable. Karim, obviously, will not leave in January. It is unfeasible.”
21 November (Various) While Julian Draxler has negated a JAnuary move from his current club Schalke, one in January is not out of the cards. The midielder even admits to being open to the idea in part thanks to German International teammates. Özil and Mertesacker. ”I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them. I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team and they always have good words and they tell me nice things. You never know what happens in the summer but Arsenal is a very, very nice team. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that’s what I like”
21 November (Le Sport 10) Napoli are said to be planning a January bid for Bacary Sagna. Le Sport 10 says Napoli are hoping to sign Sagna in the New Year for a relatively small fee due to his contract expiring at the end of the season. The France international has been a mainstay in the Arsenal back four but there are now question marks surrounding his future at the club due to not committing to a new deal.
14 November (Daily Mail) According to the Mail, Arsenal are being offered former Chelsea player, Salomon Kalou from Ligue 1 outfit Lille. For his part Kalou has reportedly asked his agent(s) to gauge Premier League interest in his services.
14 November (Daily Star) The Daily Star is reporting that Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are all keen on signing the exciting Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk wide man Yevhen Konoplyanka. The dynamic player is also said to be drawing interest from Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and PSG.
14 November (Tribal Football) Arsenal are reportedly showing an interest in AC Milan fullback Ignazio Abate. Abate is expected to be sold this January and PSG are regarded as favorites to land the player. However, it’s emerged Abate is also a possible target for Arsenal where his former AC Milan teammate Mathieu Flamini has recommended his signing to manager Arsene Wenger.
12 November (Various) Nicklas Bendtner is being urged from his international coach Morten Olsen to leave Arsenal. It has been confirmed that Bendtner was told he would be sold this summer. Arsenal had multiple deals approved but Bendtner could not agree to personal terms with any of the teams. Arsenal CEO, Ivan Gazidis confirmed the Gunners will be in for a striker this winter, which means that it is more than likely that the Great Dane will be off this January.
12 November (Express) £27 million. That’s how much Arsenal are said to bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this January. Benzema has reportedly warmed to the idea of a transfer to the Emirates based on the arrival of his former Madrid teammate Özil. What’s not known is whether Madrid would be willing to sell now or in the Summer.
12 November (People) Arsenal are being encouraged to make an early bid for FC Basel defender Fabian Schar. The People says Arsenal spies watched the centre-half, 21, play for Basel in the Champions League last week. Schar is a regular for club and country, and is all set to star in next summer’s World Cup finals. The Gunners could get him on the cheap – perhaps as low as £5million – and Wenger is planning a move before the price goes up as Schar’s stock rises.
12 November (Daily Star) Arsenal are reportedly willing to see how resolved Manchester City are to keep Micah Richards. Richards is said to be viewed as a replacement for Bacary Sagna who has yet to sign a new contract.
6 November (Daily Star) Sources revealed on Sunday in Spain claim the Gunners are keeping a close eye on the Diego Costa, who was wanted by Liverpool during the summer transfer window, and more recently by Chelsea. ”He had already grabbed my attention last year through his determination, his strength to move forward,” Wenger said. ”He also possesses technical quality and a cool head when carrying out his finishing touches. ”For a long time, he was loaned out because he couldn’t find his place. But over the last two seasons he has really moved up a notch. ”The departure of Falcao has given him space. The team plays for him and we can see all the talent he possesses.”There is something animal in his determination, in his hunger. You can feel that he is a player who, before arriving at a very high level, has fed his thirst and his hunger.”
6 November (Express) The Daily Express is reporting that Arsenal, Manchester United and Southamptonare on alert after the agent of Ever Banega confirmed he was looking to move in the January transfer window. In an interview with NapoliCalcioLive.com, the player’s agent Marcelo Simonian has confirmed that his client has had contact with a number of clubs with a view to a possible move. He said: “I can only tell you that we are already talking with several clubs in relation to the next window.“In the next few days I will be travelling to present all the options toValencia.”
6 November (Express) Sources close to Sengalese forward Khouma Babacar have confirmed teams from the Premier League have reached out regarding the availability of the Fiorentina forward. The player is aware of the interest and has a preference for Arsenal; ”It is very encouraging when you are linked with clubs such as Arsenal, they are one of the best teams in the world and they do great things with young players. ”The manager there has such a good reputation to develop talent, but I am under contract with Fiorentina so they will have to decide if I have to go to England,” Babacar recently told Sky Sports.
5 November (Tribal Football) Arsenal and Spurs are likely to square off against each other off the pitch as well as on it as they are likely to go against each other for the signature of former Milan striker Alexandre Pato in January. Corinthians chief Roberto de Andrade reportedly invited both London clubs to bid for Pato last week. ”If the two clubs [Arsenal and Tottenham] are interested in Pato we do not exclude to sell him during the winter transfer market,” he said.
Italian agent Nicola Giuliani, an expert on the Brazilian transfer market, is convinced Corinthians will sell Pato in January for the right price. ”Corinthians will sell Alexandre only if a great economic proposal arrives and in this case the difference between Spurs and Arsenal I think is really small because both clubs have a major sporting project,” Giuliani told tribalfootball.com.
Giuliani believes Premier League fans have a great chance of seeing Pato in the near future. ”You can absolutely rule out a return of Pato to Italy. He has already won a lot and worn the shirt of the world’s most successful club,AC Milan. ”So I think it’s time for new challenges for Alexandre.”
5 November (Tribal Football) Arsenal are reportedly set to ballte Atletico Madrid for San Lorenzo starlet Angel Correa who can play on the flank and also as a striker. The 18 year-old is now firmly a first-choice for San Lorenzo this season and his form has attracted the interest of Arsenal and Atletico. Sources in Argentina state Arsenal will make a £4.5 million offer for Correa ahead of the January market.
5 November (Corriere dello Sport) Corriere dello Sport says Milan management have decided to cash in on Stephen El Shaarawy, who has found himself frozen on the outs this season due to the recent arrivals of Kaka and Mario Balotelli. The Italy international is regarded highly across Europe and Milan believe they can rake in a top price for the striker. Arsenal along with Manchester City, and Chelsea, Tottenham have reportedly been contacted by intermediaries to alert them to El Shaarawy’s availability.
4 November (Tribal Football ) The agent of Blerim Dzemaili says he’s happy at Napoli.The Swiss midfielder is being linked with Arsenal. “I never talk about transfers at this time in the season, “Giovanni Branchini told tuttonapoli. “99.9 per cent of these rumours are completely unfounded.“Currently my client is feeling good in Naples and with the arrival of the new Coach.”
4 November (Express) Arsenal are reportedly tracking Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier. The Daily Express says reports in France suggest that the Gunners continue to monitor the 22-year-old, who rejected a £6m move to the Emirates over the summer and signed a new contract with Les Gones. But Lyon’s financial problems have not gone away and despite an apparent wealth of midfield options, Arsene Wenger may try to take advantage of the situation to prise Grenier away from the Stade de Gerland.
4 November (People) Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is attracting Premier League interest. The People says Schmeichel is set to leave Leicester when his contract expires at the end of the season and suggests that Arsenal are one of the teams interested in his services. Arsene Wenger is said to be an admirer of Schmeichel’s, and sees him as the number 2 behind Wojciech Szczesny.
3 Nov (Mirror) Hull City and Stoke City are reportedly interested in Nicklas Bendtner. The Sunday Mirror says the Danish striker will be out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to be offered a new deal at the Emirates.. Bendtner was a target for Crystal Palace in August but that broke down so he was drafted back into the Arsenal squad.
3 Nov (Daily Star) Arsenal are rpeottedly set to make a play FC Basel defenderFabian Schar. Arsenal are said to be interested in the player after his display against Chelsea, says the Daily Star Sunday.Arsenal currently have three centre-backs but speculation mounts that Thomas Vermaelen may move in January for first team action.
3 Nov (Daily Star) Newcastle United are eyeing Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. The Daily Star Sunday says the Geordies’ director of football, Joe Kinnear, has watched the Belgium international twice in the last month. Any move for Vermaelen though will be a loan deal.
2 Nov (Twitter) Social media was abuzz with the rumour that Arsenal would likely go back in for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the January transfer window. Former Madrid President Calderon, also hinted that Real Madrid would likely bid on the player.