Arsenal Transfer Speculation: 5 Discussed Signings to Reinvigorate Gunners
The number of players linked with a potential moves to the Emirates Stadium over the summer transfer window continues to grow every day. And while not everyone will be a good option for Arsenal to pursue, there's a number of discussed signings presenting very intriguing options for Arsene Wenger indeed.
That's not to say that Arsenal will land every single one of those players, but there's a number of players who would definitely reinvigorate the title-less Gunners.
Read on to see which players linked with a move to North London are the best options for Arsenal and how likely they are to make a move this summer.
Marouane Fellaini, Everton
After a stunning Premier League season, Marouane Fellaini has been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer, with both Manchester United and Arsenal thought to be very interested in the Belgium international. So much so that, according to Goal, the Gunners have launched a £22 million bid for the midfielder, which is supposedly very close to his buyout clause.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez was quick to deny the rumors—quoted via Goal that he expects Fellaini to remain with the Toffees next season. However, with Arsenal interested, the 25-year-old could well be set for a move this summer transfer window—one that would be a great move indeed for the Gunners.
Fellaini played most of the season as an attacking midfielder, but was recently quoted by the Mirror as saying that he prefers to play in defensive central midfield.
Arsenal have a central attacking playmaker in Santi Cazorla and have good options behind him in Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere. However, they have struggled for depth in that position, and adding in Fellaini would be a great move to help shore up the position and reinvigorate the Gunners' attack.
If they can beat Manchester United to him, this would be a great move for Arsenal. And at £22 million, the club would seemingly be getting great return for their dollar.
Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid
With Gonzalo Higuain announcing that he was leaving Real Madrid over the summer transfer window, as reported by ESPN, Arsenal are seemingly in a great position to make a move for the 26-year-old. According to the Mirror, they won't be able to try and buy Higuain until a new manager has been officially announced at the club—and even then, they'll still have to beat out Juventus for his signature—but the Gunners are definitely one of the most likely landing spots for the underrated striker.
Higuain struggled to hold down a permanent starting place in Madrid's attack behind Karim Benzema, but there is little doubting his talent and finishing abilities.
So much so that should he move to London, he'd be a huge hit in Arsenal's attacking lineup. He'd present a good secondary option to Olivier Giroud and would help the Gunners establish the offensive creativity that they lacked in 2012—which ultimately left them without a title for another season.
Higuain won't completely revolutionize the Gunners' attack, but he does add depth and talent, and that's what Arsene Wenger needs most in his attacking lineup next year.
Stevan Jovetic, Fiorentina
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Stevan Jovetic for most of the summer transfer window thus far, as reported here by ESPN. They were seemingly in pole position to land the Fiorentina man, but with the club's hesitance to sell their main man and talks of Juventus also making a move for the striker, according to Metro, it seems that the North London club might not be as much of a lock to land Jovetic as once thought.
Given his lack of production thus far and high transfer fee, that might not be such a bad thing for the Gunners—something I've written about previously with Jovetic.
However, despite all of that, there's little doubting he would reinvigorate their attack once more and would definitely help the goals flow in for Arsenal again.
Jovetic is a natural poacher and has a keen eye for goal. His free-roaming style could be an instant hit with Giroud in attack and could allow the Gunners to be a much better attacking team in the new year. His creative skills also represent a great complement to that of Santi Cazorla's.
I don't think this deal should—or will—go through, but if it does, it would definitely be a move that would help spark Arsenal's attack. Given the type of money that they'll likely have to shell out to sign him, the Londoners will certainly to want to hope that it does.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Just what will happen with Manchester United striker-turned-midfielder Wayne Rooney this summer is a topic that nobody—and I mean nobody—is confident about.
He might leave United, he might not. He might join an EPL club, he might not.
With all of that aside, though, were he to choose Arsenal—and there's a number of reasons to suggest that he probably won't do that—Rooney would be a great signing for the club and one that would be a huge asset to their attack. After all, he was arguably United's best player last season and has proved to be a genuine football star—and he should continue that form regardless of what club he plays for.
He could fit in on either flank or in a more central role, with his versatility arguably his biggest strength at the moment and a skill that Wenger would utilize completely.
Do I think it will happen? Most likely not—even with Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis indicating to Fox Sports that the club could finance a move for Rooney if they want.
But if it did, it would certainly reinvigorate the Gunners in 2013.
Kevin Strootman, PSV Eindhoven
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman was linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer before the transfer window opened. Since then, it's been pretty quiet on that front—which could either mean that the Gunners have gone cold on a deal for the Dutchman, or they're getting close to securing his services.
And what a signing he would be.
In terms of underrated midfielders, Strootman is arguably the cream of the crop. He has the capacity to chime into an attack in any aspect required—passing, creating, crossing, finishing—and will always give his all on the field. He has a great motor and a strong defensive understanding, and with his physical attributes, he would make a very strong Premier League midfielder.
They'll likely need to beat Manchester United if they want to sign Strootman, but it would certainly be a move worth making for the North London club this summer.
Arsenal would finally have the complete midfielder they've been searching for and would certainly be reinvigorated next season as a result.
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