Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Mario Gotze, Asmir Begovic and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring Borussia's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 6, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Arsenal control their own destiny when it comes to earning a Champions League spot. The Gunners are currently in fifth place, two points behind Tottenham, but they hold a match in hand. How they finish will have a major impact on the offseason.

Finding their way into the top four would make Arsene Wenger's job a lot easier. It's a lot easier to convince top-end transfer targets to join the club when they know Champions League football is part of the deal. It's a tough sell otherwise.

Knowing that, let's examine some of the latest early buzz about the Gunners' plan of attack as the season winds to a close. Whether or not a couple of these players will still be on the list once the offseason arrives depends on the final seven fixtures.


Mario Gotze

Gotze is going to become a very popular name during the summer. The sensational 20-year-old attacking midfielder has played a key role in helping Borussia Dortmund reach the Champions League semifinals. Clubs from around Europe are certainly taking notice.

Arsenal are one of those clubs, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express. Unfortunately for the Gunners, he also states that Manchester City are already laying the groundwork for a potential move and Manchester United are also involved.

The chances of Arsenal beating out both Manchester clubs and any other sides that decide to join the sweepstakes are extremely remote. His arrival would provide a massive boost to the Gunners attack, but it's not something Wenger should count on, even if Arsenal finish in the top four.


Asmir Begovic

Arsenal have struggled to find any semblance of consistency between the posts. They have waited for Wojciech Szczesny to take firm control of the No. 1 job, but he's been unable to take the next step in order to lock it down.

It could lead to an offseason change. Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports the Gunners have been tracking Begovic from Stoke City and were told the asking price will be around £15 million once the window opens.

Although there would probably need to be some wiggle room for a deal to get done, it's a reasonable starting point. Begovic is having a really strong season for Stoke and would finally bring Arsenal's goalkeeper carousel to an end.


Sebastien Corchia

Corchia is more of an under-the-radar target. The 22-year-old Sochaux right-back has shown signs of promise throughout his young career, and could be ready to take the next step. It would make for an intriguing opportunity for both player and club.

He's one of the players Wenger is tracking due to the uncertain future of Bacary Sagna, according to Wayne Veysey of Corchia would be expected to provide competition for Carl Jenkinson to start along the back line.

The transfer competition shouldn't be nearly as fierce for the high-upside defender as it would be for Gotze or Begovic. It will be interesting to see if Wenger makes an early push for him before getting in any bidding wars.