Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Most Intriguing Storylines of the Past Week

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIMay 1, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Most Intriguing Storylines of the Past Week

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    Arsenal transfer rumours always get a lot of attention. Sometimes the stories are realistic, sometimes they are downright absurd and sometimes they are intriguing.

    As is always the case with the top clubs across Europe, transfer rumours continue to come about every day and Arsenal saw its fair share of the lot.

    With the Lukas Podolski deal officially completed, the Gunners are off to a good start in the transfer market.

    Here are some intriguing Arsenal transfer rumour storylines from the past week.

Robin van Persie's Italian Suitors

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    So let's just get this one out of the way, shall we? Robin van Persie has been linked with a few big clubs during the past year and according to the Daily Mail, Juventus has joined the party.

    The Italian giants, who are looking to continue their return to relevance in both Italian and European football, are looking to pounce on any pitfall in contract negotiations between the player and the club.

    With Robin van Persie also having Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City to choose from, it is unlikely that Juventus has much of a chance.

    On the flip side, Arsenal surely won't want to lose another star to Manchester City and the same can be said about Barcelona. Real Madrid could provide a lot of money but they probably won't hold their breath waiting for a decision to be made.

    All of that leaves the door open for Juventus who, with a good bid, could end up the winners in these sweepstakes.

Gunners Face Battle for Youngster

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    The Metro reports that Arsenal will face competition from both Chelsea and Manchester City for Crewe Alexandra prospect Nick Powell.

    It's safe to say that the Gunners are usually the front-runners in such transfers thank to the track record of a certain Arsene Wenger.

    While the possibility of a great advancement in his career may help Powell decide to choose Arsenal, he may just as well be enticed by the possibility for silverware from both Chelsea and Manchester City.

Arsenal Trying to Increase Spanish Contingent at the Club

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    Athletic Bilbao star Javi Martinez has a lot of eyes on him right now and all that attention may intensify once the transfer market re-opens.

    Reports surfaced last week that Arsenal was looking into signing the young midfielder. As intriguing as that sounds, it may not work for two reasons: Martinez's price tag and his current club.

    Martinez has already said he is not worth whatever price his club slaps on him and it is a statement Arsene Wenger may agree with. That, as well as the fact that Athletic Bilbao is a club moving forward in Europe and Spain—they are in two cup finals this year while Arsenal is not—may prompt the midfielder to stay.

    Considering that we have gone through all that without figuring out where Martinez would fit into the team's setup, it seems this story may not occur.

Arsene Wenger to Continue Shopping in the French Aisle

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    The Gunners have been linked with another strong midfield player with FC Stade Rennais' Yann M'Vila.

    The Metro reports that talks between the player and the club are at an "advanced stage." This could potentially be a very solid signing for the Gunners and one that is sure to excite fans if it becomes a reality.

    As expected, M'Vila's possible arrival wouldn't be a negative for Alex Song but would provide some much-needed depth and competition.

Wenger Looking to Serbian Youngster

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    Arsene Wenger may add another youngster to his ranks in the form of Fiorentina's Adem Ljajic. The highly rated Serbian midfielder would face a lot of competition in the Arsenal ranks if he were to join.

    Ljajic does have some good experience, however, as he is currently playing his third season in Italy. Ljajic almost joined Manchester United a few years ago but the club did not pursue their interest.

    He may relish the chance to finally play in England and may even become a player Sir Alex Ferguson wished he had signed.

    With the other proposed midfield transfers for the club, and the attacking options already on display, it is hard to see where Ljajic would fit in.