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Arsene Wenger ready to make move for potential top notch Emirates additions.

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Arsène Wenger has identified the 18-year-old Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen as an Arsenal star of the future, although the manager may have to bide his time before he can conclude a deal for the Dane.

Wenger has received glowing reports on the player, who made his debut for Denmark as a substitute in the 2-1 friendly defeat by Austria two weeks ago, not least from Dennis Bergkamp, the former Arsenal striker who is a youth coach at Ajax.

Wenger’s attention may have been encouraged by Eriksen’s contractual situation: he is on a low-paid youth-team deal which expires next year. The Frenchman may also have considered Ajax’s worrying financial position: the Amsterdam club has incurred heavy losses and will have to raise funds in the transfer market this summer. Eriksen, though, appears set to sign a new, more lucrative longer-term contract and says he remains happy at Ajax.

Under Martin Jol, the former Spurs manager who took over at Ajax last summer, the teenager has been playing first-team football, although his recent appearances have been on the left flank, rather than in his preferred No10 playmaker’s role. (Guardian)

Juventus president Jean Claude Blanc has publicly declared that the Italian giants hope to hold on to Felipe Melo , who has long been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Blanc said: “Felipe Melo will remain with us but we won’t be commenting further on any future dealings.”

Arsenal were considered a likely destination for Melo as he has struggled at Juventus in 2009/2010 and had a run-in with the club’s fans at the end of the 3-3 draw with Siena on Sunday.

Felipe Melo was rumoured to be an Arsenal target last summer when he moved to Juventus from Fiorentina and in March Arsene Wenger said he was still tracking the Brazilian midfielder.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had said in March: “We still think he is a very talented player and with Gilberto Silva, Brazil have a very useful pair in midfield. We are still looking at Melo.” (IMScouting)

Meanwhile, there are reports linking Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a move for Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen, while long-time Gunners target Felipe Melo appears to be nearing the exit at Juventus. Then there is speculation over the future of Inter striker Mario Balotelli, who is wanted by both Man City and Arsenal. (ITV Football)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Arsenal weren’t in fact still in the running for the two biggest prizes on offer to them given the amount of speculation doing the rounds in relation to potential Emirates additions, however these three proposed signings are all pretty useful players who could offer Arsene Wenger added strength in relatively weak areas in the Gunners squad.

Juventus chief Jean Claude Blanc is desperately hoping that Felipe Melo won’t leave the Serie A side but the Brazilian has fallen out with some of his teammates and has seen managerial changes since he arrived and appears very keen to extricate himself from the club who could miss out on a Champions League spot and experienced a rather poor display in the tournament this term. Wenger is clearly a fan and is expected to make a renewed bid for the former Fiorentina man.

Mario Balotelli is another talented player who is not too happy with life in Italy right now. The Inter Milan man seems to not enjoy the greatest of relationships with Jose Mourinho and has made repeated noises about wanting to leave the Italian champions. This summer may see him finally leave the club and what better place for a top notch youngster to move to in order to fulfill his massive potential than Arsenal? The bustling forward could also adapt well to life in the Premier League and would clearly add to the Emirates’ list of attacking options.

The one player of the three who does seem a little unnecessary is Christian Eriksen. Do Arsenal really need another up and coming attacking midfielder? In fact do the north London club need any more up and coming players in any position? It seems to me that the club has had enough of transition periods and now appears the right time for Arsene Wenger to populate his young side with solid players of decent experience that he thinks he can get the most of, much as he has done with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen this term.

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