Engaged in a fierce spot for the top four and the chance of playing Champions League football next season, Arsenal's current focus might be on the Premier League job at hand, but that doesn't mean they're not heavily involved in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Manager Arsene Wenger will be desperate to boost his squad for the 2013-14 season—regardless of where they finish in the league this season.
Thus, as a result, expect a busy and active summer from the North London club, with plenty of rumors about players coming to and leaving the Emirates.
Who are the latest names linked with a move to Arsenal, and how likely are they to come? Read on to see a full breakdown of the latest summer transfer buzz.
Cheikhou Kouyate, Anderlecht
Kouyate has reportedly told the Belgian club (per Sky Sports) that he won't be rejoining them for next season and will thus be moving on to a new club.
Admitting to interest from Arsenal before, the Senegal international didn't say where he would be heading in the summer, but Borussia Dortmund, Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala are all thought to be interested in the centre-half.
Without any recent interest believed to be forthcoming from Arsenal, it's a little hard to see this one going through just yet. After all, the Gunners do have a number of different options in central defense and are seemingly content to continue with the players they do have.
Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker currently fill the role at centre-half and are unlikely to be sold anytime soon.
The North London club would be more likely to replace right-back Bacary Sagna, or find cover for Carl Jenkinson if they feel he is the best replacement.
Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers
The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal are interested in a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy if the London club gets relegated in 2013.
Believed to be available for around £6 million, Remy only joined QPR in the winter transfer window this year but is thought to have a relegation clause in his contract—allowing Arsenal to try and make a move for him sometime this summer.
Remy has shined since moving to the Premier League, and with his French background (coming from Marseille previously), would no doubt have fallen on Wenger's radar at some point. Especially given the way he has handled himself in a struggling club this season.
Arsenal are getting better production from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott this season, but they do need another striker to add further depth into their attack. Wenger would likely have four first-class strikers on hand, and with many other players linked to potential moves this summer, don't be surprised to see the Londoners bring in a striker or two.
Thus a move for Remy does make sense, assuming QPR are relegated.
The striker is a deadly finisher who is capable of scoring goals via a myriad of ways—a weapon that Arsenal could definitely use in the upcoming year.
The option of playing Champions League football will certainly help.
Adrian Lopez, Arsenal
One other striker who has been heavily linked with the Gunners this weekend is Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, whom the London club was also heavily linked to over the winter transfer window.
Arsenal are still on standby for Atletico Madrid stricter Adrian Lopez. With Lopez relinquishing his place in the first team to Diego Costa, a move appears to be on the cards. Reports in spain suggest that Atletico Madrid are open to a quick sale and that Lopez could go for as little as £8.5 million.
There's two key things here with this potential transfer, which perhaps isn't as unlikely as it seems given the long-standing interest from Arsenal.
The first is about his transfer fee, which, if it actually is £8.5 million, could see the Gunners make a very quick move indeed. Lopez is a very talented player, and to bring him in for anything under £10 million is an absolute steal, and one that Wenger would be looking to make.
The veteran manager already found steals with Malaga's Santi Cazorla in the summer and Nacho Monreal in the winter, and he could well head to Spain once more for a big transfer steal. However, the biggest thing has to do with marquee striker Radamel Falcao, whose future will no doubt determine how the Madrid-based club operates in the winter transfer window.
Falcao has been linked with moves to a number of clubs (away from Madrid) this winter, and if he does move, expect Atletico to be a little less likely to sell their key players. So if Arsenal are going to move for Lopez, they either need to move fast before any sale, wait until Falcao is definitely staying or wait until a potential replacement for Falcao and/or Lopez is found.
Either way, expect the Gunners to move fast on this one if a deal is going to be made, as they seek to boost their striker core for the year ahead.
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