Arsenal Transfer News: 8 Players Gunners Could Buy with RVP Transfer Money
Since captain Robin van Persie declared earlier today that he would not extend his contract at Arsenal, it is now expected that the EPL's leading goalscorer will indeed be on the move this summer. There are plenty of potential suitors for the Dutchman, and now the only thing that really stands in the way of van Persie leaving is a transfer fee.
Arsenal said a couple of weeks ago that they would sell for about £30 million, but with RVP openly stating his desire to leave, that fee could work its way down to £20 million when all is said and done.
That being said, here are eight players whom Arsenal could sign with that £20 million to replace their former star. Enjoy!
Hatem Ben Arfa
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The Newcastle playmaker was a very big reason why the Magpies were just two wins away from Champions League qualification last season.
At times, he made sensational runs that truly were world-class in their own right. His ability to run down the right and cut in onto his left is a trait that no other player on the roster currently has.
That being said, if he was signed, Ben Arfa would bring new weapons to the attack and would make an immediate impact at the Emirates.
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Could another Frenchman be headed to Arsenal in a couple of weeks?
Arsenal apparently were interested in Cabaye in the spring, and after a fairly solid Euro 2012, Wenger might be looking to bring in the Newcastle man for a reasonable fee. With Jack Wilshere not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, Wenger might want some insurance at the CM spot and could spend some money on the playmaking Cabaye.
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The Malaga front man netted 11 times last season to help Malaga qualify for Champions League football. At just 22, the Venezuelan has a bright future ahead of him, and Arsenal might be looking to make North London apart of that future.
The signing would not come without risk, however, as £20 million seems like a high price for a striker with one good season behind him.
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The rumors between Arsenal and Dzagoev really heated up after his stunning performance at Euro 2012. The signing of the Russian starlet would immediately improve the attack, and Dzagoev's versatility would provide some depth at multiple positions.
He might not be a world-class player yet, but if there is one manager who can turn Dzagoev into one, it is Wenger.
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The news of RVP's exit might have put a smile on the American's face, as he has desired to move to a UCL club like Arsenal for weeks now.
After finishing in the top five in scoring last year in the EPL, there is no denying that Dempsey has proven that he has what it takes to play and compete in this league—something a lot of the other targets on this list cannot say.
Dempsey also can play just below the striker, out on the wings or up top. His versatility would be a valuable characteristic considering how many injuries the club usually goes through each season.
Dempsey would be a solid signing for a cheap price. Why not, Mr. Wenger?
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The Polish poacher admitted he has dreamed of a move to the Premier League someday, and that someday might just be in the next couple of weeks.
Given the new money likely in Arsenal's pocket, Lewandowski could have his wish come true sooner than he expected. Arsenal are a team that are fantastic at creating chances, but countless times they missed open shots in the box to give them the full three points last season.
Lewandowski would fill that void and make Gunner fans a little more comfortable about losing their captain.
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Since the loss of Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal fans have been dying for a creative CAM in the middle who has world-class playmaking abilities.
With this £20 million, why not spend it on a player who would immediately become one of the premier passers in the Premier League?
Keisuke Honda showed he has what it takes to play at a high level at the 2010 World Cup and would be open to moving away from CSKA Moscow at a future date. Arsenal missed out on Kagawa, but they still might be able to sign another Japanese superstar this summer.
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Not even before Arsenal's current Dutch striker leaves, the club has been linked with another finisher from Holland.
After struggling to find good form for Real Madrid and AC Milan, Huntelaar put forth one of the greatest seasons in German football history, scoring 48 times in 47 appearances for Schalke. The prolific striker has a £17 million buy-out clause—a fee expected to be less than that of van Persie and easily payable by Wenger and company.
Don't be surprised if Arsenal are still starting a Dutchman up top at the start of next season.