Trio of talent loom high up on Emirates radar.
According to reports in Italy, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made further enquiries into the possibility of signing Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
The Slovenian international impressed during the World Cup finals and according to Italian publication Tutto Mercato, Arsenal have re-joined Juventus as suitors for the 26-year-old having been linked with the impressive stopper last month.
Udinese are looking to recoup €10 million for the World Cup custodian, and although Arsene Wenger has been strongly linked with Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer, speculation suggests the Frenchman is unwilling to match the Premier League club’s £4 million valuation, given the Australian will be 38 in October, and he has therefore reignited his interest in Handanovic.
Even prior to his impressive showings in South Africa, Gianluigi Buffon lauded the Slovenian as “one of the best goalkeepers in Italy” and ironically for the Azzurri number one, Handanovic could be a rival next season, with Juventus also showing an interest. (Sport.co.uk)
Sport.co.uk understands that German international Per Mertesacker is still considering his future at Bundesliga club Werder Bremen with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and German giants Bayern Munchen touted as a possible destinations for the 25-year-old.
The German centre-half, who was part of the German national side at the World Cup, has 69 caps for his country at the tender age of 25 and has made 113 appearances in his Werder Bremen career.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to land at least two centre halves this summer, having completed the signing of FC Lorient’s French centre-back Laurent Koscielny last week. (Sport.co.uk)
Ozil has declared he is happy in the Bundesliga but with a year left on his contract, a move seems likely after Werder’s general director told Bild, “We’re keen to hold on to Mesut for a couple more seasons and we want him to sign a new deal with us.”
“However, if that turns out to be impossible, we might have to look at other solutions.”
A host of Premier League clubs have been scouting the player prior to the World Cup including the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City. (Football Pools)
It seems that the future of these three impressive potential signings are still very much in the balance. Mesut Ozil being the pick of the bunch and seemingly no nearer to securing or agreeing a new deal at Werder Bremen who will not want to lose the talented attacking midfielder for nothing next summer.
Samir Handanovic may be a useful addition to the Emirates squad but could he really be considered a first choice starter at the Emirates? The Slovenian was decent at the World Cup and has been a pretty good success at Udinese but a jump from a relegation threatened Serie A club to a top four Premier League side would be a big one, although some reports suggest a deal is close to completion on his move to the north London side.
Per Mertesacker is a player Arsene Wenger would dearly love to sign and again, like Ozil, he seems unsure of whether his future is at Werder Bremen. The towering defender is vastly experienced for a 25 year old and could be just the type of centre back that the Gunners boss could look to build his defence around.