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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
28 May 2014 (Sky Sports) Sky Sports has reported that Bacary Sagna has informed the club of his intentions and that he does not plan on coming back to Arsenal. This contradicts the published report from Sagna who said he has not made any decisions and is focused on the World Cup though he’d like to get everything sorted before the WC.
28 May 2014 (Daily Mail) Arsenal are said to be interested in bidding for Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy. The Mail says Arsenal are keen to give current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny more competition next season, with Lukasz Fabianski set to depart.
28 May 2014 (UOL Sport) It has been reported that Arsenal are one of three clubs to submit a firm offer for Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria. According to reports in Argentina, Di Maria is set to quit Real after the club received bids from Arsenal, PSG and Monaco. A source close the player reportedly told UOL Sport: “It is true that he is leaving because he wants to go. “It is very likely that he will leave before the end of the World Cup in Brazil. “Arsenal, PSG and Monaco have all made concrete offers for Angel. But there is still interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus.”
28 May 2014 (Daily Star) Arsenal are said to have launched a bid for Benfica striker Rodrigo Moreno. The Daily Star reports that Arsenal are hoping that a £24m deal will be enough to secure the signing of the striker. Valencia‘s new owner Peter Lim has an investment group who own the rights to the forward, meaning that Arsenal will have to concede first refusal to the La Liga team.
28 May 2014 (Basque Journal) Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The Basque Journal says Arsenal are hoping to beat PSG for the French winger by using Carlos Vela as bait. The Mexico international, a former Arsenal striker, carries a €4.2 million buyback in his Real deal. Arsenal are said to be prepared to write out the buyback clause in Vela’s deal if given the opportunity to thrash out terms with Real for the winger.
22 May 2014 (Le Equipe) According to Le Equipe Manchester City and Bacary Sagna have reached an agreement to bring the out of contract fullback to the Etihad next season. The deal is reported to be 3 years with a weekly salary of approximately £120,000-£140,000.
22 May 2014 (Sportmediaset) Arsenal pair Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta are interesting Fiorentina. Sportmediaset says Fiorentina are preparing a bid for the Gunners pair. Both players have contracts set to expire in 2015. Vermaelen has also been linked with Napoli.
22 May 2014 (Marca) Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas would rather a return to Arsenal if he was to leave the Nou Camp. They are the sentiments of Marca who reported that the Spaniard would prefer to head back to north London instead of joining Manchester United who are also showing interest. Varying reports have suggested that Fabregas could be on his way out the exit door of the Catalan giants this off-season with the Gunners keen on having him back. However, any clubs who want to lure Fabregas will need to pay a transfer fee of around £45million
22 May 2014 (Tribal Football) Reports suggest that Real Madrid have implored Arsenal to make an improved offer for Karim Benzema. The Gunners are again in pursuit of the French striker and are believed to be willing to pay £40million to lure the former Lyon ace to north London. However, it is understood that Real want more for Benzema who comes out of contract next summer. It has been reported that the Spanish giants will only look to sell Benzema in the next transfer window if they are able to entice Liverpoolace Luis Suarez or Manchester City star Sergio Aguero to the Santiago Bernabeu.
22 May 2014 (Daily Express) Arsenal are moving to trump AC Milan for Valencia defender Adil Rami. The Daily Express says Milan remain keen to make Rami’s move a permanent one this summer but are stalling over meeting the fee agreed with Valencia prior to the move. Reports in France suggest that both Arsenal and Marseille would happily oblige and may even be willing to exceed the £5.5m fee agreed with Milan.
22 May 2014 (Le Sport 10) PSG are ready to sell fullback Gregory van der Wiel. Le Sport 10 says PSG, needing to balance the books after breaking UEFA’s financial fair play laws, have decided to cash in on Dutchman Van der Wiel this summer. The former Ajax fullback has been a long-term target for Arsenal andManchester City. Manchester United could also be interested with new manager Louis van Gaal keen to find a new right-back.
20 May 2014 (People) Arsenal are interested in Nancy goalkeeper Paul Nardi. The People says Arsenal are considering a move for Nardi as they prepare for Lukasz Fabianski’s departure this summer. The France Under-20 international only made his debut in September but has earned rave reviews in Ligue 2. AC Milan and Bordeaux are also tracking the youngster, who turns 20 this week.
20 May 2014 (Tribal Football) Arsenal have been encouraged in their pursuit of Southamptonmidfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Schneiderlin admits that for the sake of his career, a summer move to a top club would be hard to turn down. He explained: “For my progress and my visibility, it would be better to play for a club who play in the Champions League. “I know there is a lot of speculation, but I still have three years on my contract, it does not depend on me. We’ll see in the coming weeks.”
20 May 2014 (Daily Star) Arsenal are in advanced talks with Toulouse for fullback Serge Aurier. The Daily Star says the 21-year-old left-back has been identified as the perfect replacement for departing defender Bacary Sagna, who looks certain to leave the north London club after talks over a new deal stalled. Aurier is valued at around £7m and has won rave reviews this season, being described as ‘the Dani Alves of Ligue 1′. Aurier recently spoke about being linked with the Gunners, revealing: “You can’t refuse an offer from Arsenal. “It would be a dream.”