Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Summer Transfer Buzz for Gunners

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Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Summer Transfer Buzz for Gunners
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With the end of the 2012-13 Premier League season, the summer transfer window (and the subsequent rumor mill that accompanies it) is seriously starting to heat up.

Clubs can't technically sign players until the end of the final game of the season—the 2013 UEFA Champions League final for Premier League clubs—but that doesn't mean they won't be looking to try and wrap up deals for certain players right now, so they can sign them come July 1.

And being a strong club with a serious transfer budget this summer, Arsenal has been linked with moves for a slew of different players this transfer season.

Who are the latest players linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium?

Read on for all the latest summer transfer buzz for the Gunners.

 

Lukas Podolski, Arsenal

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Having signed with Arsenal over the 2012 summer transfer window, Lukas Podolski is being touted as a possible departure as soon as this summer, with the German forward refusing to rule out a possible move to Italian champions Juventus despite his current contract at Arsenal.

Podolski was quoted in Bild via Goal.com as saying:

Of course I feel honored [to be linked with Juventus]. But, the fact is, I have a contract with Arsenal. There's no reason to leave the club. However, in the football-business, a lot of things are conceivable.

Whether that helps or doesn't help calm the fears of Arsenal fans still remains to be seen, but it appears unlikely that Podolski will leave this summer.

The German international is under contract at the club until 2016.

 

Ashley Williams, Swansea City

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Swansea City defender Ashley Williams has reportedly quelled speculation about his possible departure this summer, telling Sky Sports that he has no desire to leave the Liberty Stadium in 2013.

As far as I know [I'll still be here next season]. I don't know anything about it, I just read it in the papers like everyone else. If someone comes in and the club want to do that you have to sit down with the chairman and talk about it. I can't really think that at the moment, I play for Swansea City and I would never be disrespectful to the club, my fans and my team-mates.

Williams had previously been linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer, and with the Daily Mail reporting the future of captain Thomas Vermaelen is in doubt, centre-back could be a position the Gunners look to strengthen in 2013.

The 28-year-old Williams is under contract at Swansea until 2015.

 

Yaya Sanogo, Auxerre

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According to comments made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the Gunners are reportedly very close to signing up-and-coming French striker Yaya Sanogo over the summer window. Wenger was quoted via The Daily Mirror as saying that talks were very "advanced with him" and that he was "very confident" that the transfer will take place in the next few weeks.

Sanogo is currently playing for Ligue 2 side Auxerre but is a big and powerful forward who has shown he has some serious talent and a great future ahead of him.

The 6'3" striker set a goal-scoring record in the French national under-16 team, and has netted nine goals in 19 games (including seven in two games) this year.

Arsenal will reportedly only have to pay a small compensation fee for Sanogo.

 

Luke Shaw, Southampton

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Arsenal are reportedly set to miss out on highly-coveted Southampton defender Luke Shaw, with the south coast club unwilling to sell him over the summer transfer window.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said via The Daily Mirror that Shaw will be at the Saints next season "for sure." The teenage defender is currently rated as a £10 million prospect and has already attracted the interest of several other Premier League clubs such as Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

 

Julio Cesar, Queens Park Rangers

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With the Gunners reportedly looking to try and sign a new goalkeeper over the summer transfer window, they could well end up making a move for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Rangers were relegated this season from the Premier League and have all but confirmed that Cesar will leave the side as a result, with Arsenal the most likely landing spot.

The Daily Mirror reports that because the Hoops want Cesar off their books quickly, they are prepared to work through a cut-price deal for the shot-stopper this summer.

Cesar, 33, has the advantage of already being based in London, though it is not yet known whether Arsenal will make a move for the Brazilian international.

 

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