Emirates Stadium side close in on impressive collection of summer transfer window additions.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is feverishly looking to complete a quartet of deals as he seeks to strengthen his Emirates Stadium squad with early summer transfer window dealings.
CaughtOffside understands that the north London club are keen to avoid a last minute rush to bring in high profile signings and as such have been in talks with prospective targets ever since they completed their season with a morale boosting FA Cup final triumph over Hull City.
Wenger has been handed significant transfer funds and is ready to bring in four new additions to boost his squad with one of those purchases being a big money signing that he hopes will appease a fan-base that will look to their club to push on after ending their long running silverware drought.
The Arsenal boss is in advanced talks with Barcelona over a move to re-sign former skipper Cesc Fabregas with Wenger ready to fork out £35m for the Spanish international.
The Nou Camp side are ready to offload a number of first team players as incoming manager Luis Enrique looks to put his stamp on the squad he has inherited from Gerardo Martino and Fabregas, perhaps surprisingly, is considered surplus to requirements.
The 27 year old became something of a scapegoat for last season’s failures and was repeatedly booed by his own supporters, this despite the fact that he finished the campaign as the club’s leading assist maker.
Fabregas rejoined Barcelona back in August 2011 having racked up 303 appearances during his eight seasons in the Arsenal first team set-up and the World Cup winner still retains strong linked with the club and is said to be open to a move back this summer.
Arsene Wenger is ready to stump up £6m to land Norwich City keeper John Ruddy who the French manager has earmarked as the ideal man to act as a solid back-up to first choice custodian Wojciech Szczesny.
The 27 year old Canaries goalie just missed out on a spot in Roy Hodgson’s 2014 World Cup finals squad and is likely to be pushing for a Carrow Road exit after Norwich City’s relegation to the Championship and the former Everton man may be confident of his ability to push Szczesny hard for a spot in Wenger’s starting eleven.
Arsene Wenger’s hopes of retaining French veteran Bacary Sagna are all but dead in the water and this has led to the Arsenal manager edging closer to securing Toulouse youngster Serge Aurier.
The Ivory Coast international has long been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal will meet Toulouse’s £10m price-tag.
The 21 year old is considered one of the hottest prospects in Ligue 1 and Wenger wants a deal done and dusted before the World Cup finals for fear that his price-tag could increase at the tournament.
Arsene Wenger will stump up £12m for QPR forward Loic Remy and will hope that such an offer will convince the newly promoted Loftus Road side to sell the French international.
Remy enjoyed a hugely successful season out on loan at Newcastle United last term, scoring 14 goals in 24 Premier League starts, and Wenger is believed to have been attendance as France thumped Norway in Tuesday night’s World Cup warm-up, during which the former Marseille man combined well with Olivier Giroud.
Wenger is keen to strengthen his attack and feels that Remy has more than proven himself at Premier League level and will look to Remy to support Giroud in the Arsenal attack with Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott being predominantly used in wide roles.
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