Emirates Stadium side set to begin hunt for summer additions.
Arsene Wenger is readying moves to bring in a trio of top talents having seen his Arsenal side secure the all important Champions League spot the Gunners boss needed in order to be able to lure his ‘A-Team’ of targets.
The Arsenal manager had drawn up and alternative collection of targets, which would have seen the North London club have a lesser transfer war-chest to invest this summer, but is now set to move ahead with advanced negotiations as Wenger looks to bring in new signings as early as possible.
Top of his list of priorities is the need to strengthen a strike-force that sorely misses Robin Van Persie and with that in mind Wenger has been in lengthy talks with Fiorentina with regards to signing Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic.
Arsenal are said to be closing in on a deal to bring in the 23 year old, who has reportedly already agreed terms on a £100k a week contract, and only the matter of the Serie A side’s valuation said to be a minor stumbling block.
Vincenzo Montella’s side failed to secure a Champions League spot and as such have seemingly lost any hope of keeping hold of the in-form forward who has netted 13 top tier goals this season.
Olivier Giroud has failed to provide a prolific enough option up front, scoring just 11 goals in 34 Premier League matches this season, however Wenger doesn’t wish to sell the French international, or fellow summer signing Lukas Podolski, and hopes Jovetic will offer able support to his Arsenal attack.
Arsenal’s need for a defensive midfielder will see Wenger look to take advantage of Lyon’s continuing financial problems by bidding for French battler Maxime Gonalons.
The 24 year old is a regular in the French national team set-up and may well be tempted by a move to the Emirates Stadium having represented his hometown club since the age of ten.
Wenger will hope to persuade the Ligue 1 side to sell, a distinct possibility given Lyon’s well documented financial problems, stemming from years of overspending and leading to the sales of a number of high-profile players, most recently Hugo Lloris, Aly Cissokho and Kim Kallstrom leaving last summer, so the North London club’s offer may well tempt owner Jean-Michel Aulas to sell.
Victor Valdes is another player on Wenger’s ‘A-List’ and the Barcelona keeper has recently reaffirmed his desire to leave the Nou Camp and with the Spanish international having just a year to run on his current contract it is likely the Catalan side will elect to sell the experienced custodian this summer to avoid losing the 31 year old on a free transfer at the end of 2013/14.
Wojciech Szczesny has been shaky this term and Wenger is keen to bring in a safe pair of hands that will in turn give his defence more confidence.
Valdes is considered one of the best keepers in Europe and Arsene Wenger will hope to lure the Barcelona man to the Emirates Stadium when the Spanish league season comes to an end in early June.
Victor Valdes has made 500 appearances for Barcelona, helping the La Liga side to six domestic titles and three Champions League successes.
Arsene Wenger’s final target comes in the form of right-back Daryl Janmaat, who the Arsenal boss has been scouting for some months. The 23 year old full-back has been impressive since moving from Heerenveen to Feyenoord last summer.
With Bacary Sagna’s contractual negotiations continuing to stall and the French defender having not been all that consistent this term, Wenger is ready to listen to offers for the Arsenal man but still sees youngster Carl Jenkinson as a potential long term replacement but wishes to bring in another option who can challenge the Dutch international for a starting spot.
Janmaat may feel a high-profile move will greatly aid his push for a more prominent role in Louis Van Gaal’s national team set-up, which he may see as especially important with a World Cup Finals on the horizon.