With the 2012-13 season coming to a close in the next few months, interest for the summer transfer window is seriously starting to heat up, and for big clubs like Arsenal, that means plenty of players linked to and from the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Gunners will reportedly look to spend big this summer, and with a strong transfer purse to choose from, could therefore bring in a number of strong players.
Which players are the latest to be linked with the North London club—both coming and going this summer? Read on and find out.
Rene Adler, Hamburg
Arsenal are seemingly in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer (as if their three weren't already enough) with Stoke City's Asmir Begovic and Barcelona's Victor Valdes linked with moves to the club.
Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler is the latest to be touted as a potential mover, with the experienced 28-year-old thought to be a cut-price alternative to either goalkeeper mentioned above (per The Daily Mirror).
Adler would only cost the Gunners around £5 million, but he did just make a move to Hamburg from Bayer Leverkusen last summer. Which, given how much the German club will likely want their shot-stopper to stay on for another season or two, makes this deal seemingly unlikely to take place.
Mario Goetze, Borussia Dortmund
With a £30 million buyout clause thought to be in his contract (per The Daily Mail), Mario Goetze has emerged as a highly sought after transfer prospect this summer—and one that the Gunners are seemingly interested in bringing to their club.
The media outlet reports that Goetze, 20, is the Gunners' top target this summer and that Wenger is prepared to spend big in order to get the midfielder.
Goetze has 12 goals and 13 assists for Dortmund this year, and has been an integral part behind their strong Champions League campaign so far.
Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
Current Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is being touted as a potential mover this summer, with Bayern Munich believed to be tracking the Frenchman.
Bayern Munich have made Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny a top summer target as Pep Guardiola prepares to take over at the German champions. The Bundesliga club are expected to lose veteran Belgian centre-back Daniel van Buyten and are keen to strengthen with someone of who would be comfortable with the incoming boss' style.
Koscielny was tracked by Barcelona during Guardiola's final season in Spain and his since continued to go from strength to strength since.
Koscielny has been very strong for the Gunners this season, with the French international more than capable of earning a starting position in the team. However, the issue of having two other strong center backs in Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker has meant that the 27-year-old hasn't received the consistent playing time he might have desired.
Still, Koscielny has become a valuable part of the Gunners' defense and is seemingly unlikely to be sold by Arsene Wenger because of his importance.
Koscielny signed a new deal with Arsenal just last summer.
Ashley Williams, Swansea City
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Swansea defender Ashley Williams over the summer transfer window, with an improved offer likely to be made by the Londoners.
Arsenal reportedly had a £9 million bid quashed by the club over the winter transfer window and should improve that this season to around £10-12 million, though they will have to fight off interest from other clubs if they are to land the Welsh center-half.
Williams has a strong passing game and a good awareness at the back, which would make him a very shrewd signing indeed. However, given the depth of talent in defense already, you'd think that the North London club would have to sell off one of their pre-existing central defenders to accommodate for his arrival—something that could well mean Koscielny is out the door after all.
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