Gunners boss looking to bring in much needed additions to his Emirates Stadium squad.
Arsene Wenger hints at busy summer of transfer activity for Arsenal
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given fans hope that they might be set to witness a number of top-quality arrivals at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The French boss, who has been linked with a host of big-name players in recent weeks, has admitted he is already looking to the summer transfer window, despite there still being seven games left in the current season.
Wenger has revealed that ‘things are starting now’, as he discussed potential targets and player movements with the club’s video service Arsenal Player.
The Gunners have been linked to a plethora of household names, including the likes of Salomon Kalou, Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen, while they have already reportedly snapped up Germany international Lukas Podolski.
They are also hoping to open discussions with current stars Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott over new contracts once the season draws to a close.
‘At the moment we are so focused on finishing the season well, though, because what we have done over the past two months is exceptional,’ Wenger stated. But that has not stopped him making initial overtures to several potential new recruits.
He noted the importance of finishing well, as it could have an impact on the ‘credit’ his side receive this summer.
Holding on to a Champions League qualification spot in the Premier League is likely to make Wenger’s transfer drive a little easier.
Arsene Wenger has stated his intention to avoid making last minute additions in the summer transfer window, something he was forced to do last year, and this source has highlighted four players who they feel the North London club will look to bring to the Emirates Stadium.
Of the four named moves to sign Lukas Podolski are clearly the most advanced with some suggesting that a deal to sign the 26 year old Polish born German international has already been done and that an announcement to declare this have been shelved until the end of the season, so as to not disrupt the Bundesliga side’s pursuit of avoiding the drop.
A move for Eden Hazard has been mooted for some time and any offer for the Lille man would have to smash Arsenal’s £15m transfer record spend if they are to have any hope of nabbing the young Belgian playmaker, who may well be seen as a long term replacement for Samir Nasri, a player who is still to be ably replaced.
Jan Vertonghen is just the type of player Arsene Wenger likes. Comfortable on the ball, adaptable (the Ajax man being effective at centre back and as a defensive midfielder) and also isn’t going to cost the earth as he has just over a year to run on his current deal.
Salomon Kalou is perhaps the most surprising of those named, whilst the Ivory Coast international is out of contract this summer he has repeatedly stated his intention to stay at the West London club and his good run of form since Roberto Di Matteo took over at Stamford Bridge, could be a sign that the former Feyenoord man is likely to stay at the West London club this summer.