Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Stevan Jovetic, Julio Cesar and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2013

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Stevan Jovetic (L) of Fiorentina shields the ball from Nicolo Cherubini of Bologna 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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Arsenal continued their pursuit of a Champions League spot with a 1-0 victory over Fulham.  

Arsene Wenger is doing everything in his power to ensure the Gunners finish in the top four while also getting ready for the offseason transfer period.

While the club's final targets will heavily depend on where they finish, the process of identifying players who could join Arsenal before next season is already underway. Since the Gunners aren't going to compete for the top names due to enormous asking prices, keying in on secondary targets is key.

While the talk is only going to get more intense from here as the summer window nears, let's examine some of the latest buzz involving Arsenal.


Stevan Jovetic

Jovetic has been a popular link for Arsenal recently.

The 23-year-old striker is enjoying another solid season with Fiorentina. He's scored 12 goals and chipped in four assists in 26 league appearances, displaying the type of form he would need in the Premier League.

Wayne Veysey of confirms the Gunners have Jovetic near the top of their wish list. But he also states that the club's ability to finish in the top four is crucial to any potential deal, which makes the stretch run even more important.

Arsenal have relied on a balanced scoring approach through the campaign. Finding somebody capable of spearheading the attack would be a major way to bolster the lineup.  

Jovetic features the potential to fill that role, but there's still work to do before he becomes a realistic option it appears.


Julio Cesar

Wojciech Szczesny is coming off two strong showings. If he would have played at that level throughout the season,the goalkeeper position would be much lower on Arsenal's to-do list.

Perhaps a strong finish could still eliminate the need.

If Wenger continues to seek another option, Julio Cesar is one player that's being considered, according to Steve Bates and Alan Oliver of the Daily Mirror. They report the Gunners are watching his situation closely as QPR heads toward relegation.

Although Cesar hasn't been able to maintain his prime form with the struggling side, he would bring a veteran presence to the Arsenal net. That experience would be welcomed, especially if Arsenal qualifies for the Champions League next season.


Takashi Inui

One intriguing name to emerge as a potential summer target is Inui.

The Eintracht Frankfurt star continues to show signs of promise. A move to a club like Arsenal, where he'd play alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta, could allow him to take the next step.

Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports the Gunners are monitoring the Japan international. Although an attacking midfielder isn't the biggest void the club needs to fill before next season, his upside is clearly generating interest.

This is an example of what Arsenal must do to keep earning Champions League spots in the future. After attempting to attract their top targets, they must find a couple below-the-radar players who could develop into key contributors.  

Inui would fall in that category.