Arsenal Transfers: Shock Signings the Gunners Can Still Make
With heavy speculation surrounding the future of Robin van Persie, Arsene Wenger will look to make some big-name signings of own.
From a Euro 2012 winner to a Turkish midfield maestro, Arsenal have been scouring the globe for some of the world's top young talent.
The 2012-13 campaign is only a few weeks away, and reinforcements are surely a must if the Gunners are to compete for their first title since 2004.
With that in mind, here are a few of the players who can help them reach that goal.
Although Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla hasn't gained much playing time for the national side in recent years, his performances at the club level have left Arsene Wenger salivating over a possible move.
According to the Guardian, Arsenal have lined up a £16 million bid to snatch the playmaker away from Malaga (where he has only spent one season).
Manuel Pellegrini is reluctant to sell one of his key squad members and claimed the £16 million price tag is practically "giving him away."
With injuries to Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta all cause for concern, Wenger will see securing the signature of Cazorla as a necessity to bolster his sides title chances.
Promising Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin was confined to the bench for the majority of his inaugural season at the Bernabéu.
After impressing during his early career at Borussia Dortmund, Jose Mourinho snatched up Sahin for a coup of £8 million.
The Guardian claims that Real are willing to loan out the attacking midfielder in order to assure him some playing time but will want to see him back in Madrid come season's end.
Arsene Wenger cooled speculation over moving for a midfielder last week (via The Daily Mail), stating:
When you look we have Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Diaby. In defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short if they are all coming back. If we have setbacks in preseason it could be different.
Nothing is assured as of yet, but one thing is certain.
The acquisition of Sahin would provide depth, flair and technical prowess to an already blossoming Arsenal squad.
Paulo Henrique Ganso
The Brazil international is currently competing at the Olympic Games but is said to be unhappy with current contract extension talks.
He reportedly wants twice the amount that is being offered, but the club are reluctant to hand it over.
Arsenal and Tottenham are both keen on securing the midfielder's services, and the lure of Champions League football could be enough to see him land at the Emirates in the coming weeks.