With the 2012-13 season drawing to a close, the summer transfer window comes closer with every passing week—bringing with it the usual transfer speculation and rumors for all the big clubs.
Arsenal are no exception to that, and with a strong transfer budget reportedly on hand, appear likely to follow through on some of the players linked with them.
Which players around the world could be making moves to and from the Emirates this summer transfer window? Read on and find out.
Matt Lowton, Aston Villa
According to The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are reportedly interested in a move for Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton, who has been particularly impressive for the Villains this season.
The Gunners are in the market for a replacement for out-of-favor defender Bacary Sagna and are believed to see Lowton, 23, as a perfect substitute after glowing reports came back from scouts on the talent and poise shown by the youngster.
If Aston Villa are relegated this season, Lowton would definitely be a viable transfer option for Arsenal as they seek to bolster their defensive options.
Takashi Inui, Eintracht Frankfurt
Arsenal have reportedly been keeping tabs on Eintracht Frankfurt playmaker Inui about a potential move this summer, with the Japanese star having a very strong season for the Bundesliga club.
In his 28 appearances this season, Inui has netted six goals and six assists, but would provide the North London club with cover through the middle for Cazorla or out wide on the wings, depending on the context and situation that the Gunners needed at the time.
Julio Cesar, Queens Park Rangers
The Gunners are thought to be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Wojciech Sczcesny believed to be no longer considered a lock at the back for the North London club.
Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has emerged as a potential candidate for the Gunners this summer—especially if their London rivals are relegated this season, which could bring about interest from a number of clubs for the shot-stopper.
The Independent had previously linked Arsenal with a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. However, with their resurgence under Paolo Di Canio that appears likely to see the Black Cats avoid relegation this season, that move could be off the table, as Sunderland desperately try to keep hold of their star keeper.
Alex Song, Barcelona
Manager Arsene Wenger has put to bed any rumors that the club have a buy-back clause in Alex Song's contract, with the veteran boss confirming that the midfielder will be staying on at Barcelona.
Wenger said via Goal.com: "There is no buy-back clause. I heard he wants to give it a go for another season... he is a quality player."
Song is under contract at Barcelona until 2017 after making a move to Camp Nou from the Emirates Stadium over the 2012 summer transfer window.
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