Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest on Stevan Jovetic, Adrian Lopez and More Buzz

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2013

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 26, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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It's a busy time for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Not only is he trying to guide the Gunners to a top-four finish after an up-and-down campaign, but he also must have one eye on the offseason. It could go down two completely different paths based on the club's finish.

If Arsenal is able to secure a Champions League spot, the number of options once the transfer window opens will skyrocket. Getting to play in Europe's top club competition is key to potential additions. If they don't earn a berth, though, Wenger must be prepared to attack the window in a different way.

A victory over West Brom helps the cause, but there's still plenty of work to do. Let's examine some of the latest buzz surrounding the Gunners as the season heads into the final stretch. There will surely be some tense moments along the way for Arsenal and their supporters.


Stevan Jovetic

Jovetic is enjoying a second straight strong season with Fiorentina. The 23-year-old striker has scored 12 goals in 25 Serie A appearances, utilizing his rocket of a shot to strike constant fear into opposing goalkeepers. It was only a matter of time before other clubs started to show interest.

Sure enough, John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports Jovetic has emerged as the top target for Arsenal should the Gunners reach the Champions League. The club is keeping track of his progress on a constant basis as it works toward the top four.

There's no doubt that the Gunners' attack could use another weapon. Wenger must decide between going after a player like the Montenegro international, who's on the rise and could develop into a star, or a more established player. Right now, it sounds like he's leaning toward Jovetic.


Adrian Lopez

A change of scenery could be exactly what Lopez needs. The Atletico Madrid forward has become lost in the shuffle with his current club. He's struggled to find a consistent role, and his production has been impacted by it, with just three La Liga goals on the season.

The 25-year-old Spaniard has more talent than that scoring total would suggest. That isn't lost on Arsenal, which are showing interest alongside other Premier League clubs, according to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

Although the Gunners wouldn't want to get in a bidding war for him given the other attacking options available, he would be a good target right out of the gate if Jovetic doesn't seem likely. Arsenal might be able to secure him while other clubs are still looking at bigger stars. He would be a good fit.


Burak Yilmaz

Yilmaz is another forward generating buzz as the offseason approaches. He's enjoying a breakout season for Galatasaray with 26 goals in 32 matches across all competitions, including eight in Champions League play, tying him with Lionel Messi for second.

His natural finishing ability would be an asset to just about any club in Europe. The Daily Express' Dion Dassanayake reports the Gunners are joined by Premier League leaders Manchester United and Liverpool among the interested sides.

The Red Devils already have plenty of depth at striker, which means they would probably have to clear some space before committing to Yilmaz. It gives Arsenal at least a chance to compete for him, assuming they are able to grab a Champions League spot of their own.