Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Storylines on Gunners' Summer Window

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 17, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring Real's 4th goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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After securing another Champions League appearance this season, Arsenal look poised to add to their roster with a plethora of developing storylines following the club.

Arsene Wenger has undoubtedly been busy on the market, searching for up-and-comers to bolster his roster with and perhaps finding a diamond in the rough.

But they won't be shy on courting the window's biggest available stars, as Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis told Daily Mirror's John Cross that the club has seen an "escalation in financial power."

Let's take a look at the latest buzz and storylines coming out of the Gunners' ever-changing summer window plans.


Arsenal Enter Higuain Sweepstakes

Fallen out of favor at Real Madrid, striker Gonzalo Higuain is now being courted by the Gunners in an effort to replace the hole left by Robin van Persie's departure last year, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

Cross' report states that the Gunners are preparing a £22 million bid for the star striker that would certainly bring hype to Emirates Stadium.

Their chances improved greatly when Real Madrid rejected an £18 million bid for the Argentinian (per Cross' report), but Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly looking for more than 25.5 million for him according to this Daily Mirror report.

It would be a gutsy move that we haven't seen from Wenger in some time if they made such a large bid for Higuain, but there's no doubt that he's a world-class player, and the move could pay off if they surround him with the right players.


Can Gunners Hold on to Koscielny?

Twenty-seven-year-old defender Laurent Koscielny is one of Arsenal's most skilled players, but with that inevitably comes courting over the summer from elite superpower clubs.

As of late, Koscielny is being tracked down by Barcelona and Bayern Munich, according to Paul Collins of Daily Mail.

Usually, Barcelona and Bayern are able to make the proper payments to land the players that they're chasing down, but that could prove tough to do this time around. The Frenchman is rated at £15 million per Collins' report, and Arsenal should be keen on keeping him in order to keep their promising back line intact.

Much of the talk is surrounding who the Gunners are looking to add to their roster, but don't forget about the valuable players Arsenal are trying to hold on to.


Payet Emerging as Potential Future Striker

While much of the Gunners fanbase and brass will be focusing on bringing in Higuain as their future striker, Wenger is leaving himself with other options, as the club is courting Lille star Dimitri Payet, according to Simon Jones of Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old has emerged as a big-time player for Lille, scoring 12 times for the Ligue 1 club last season. With scoring being a main problem for Wenger to address, Payet certainly looks like an enticing option.

Payet hasn't made an impact for the French national team with just three career appearances, but his impact on Ligue 1 last year cannot be understated.

If the Gunners aren't able to secure a world-renowned name as their new striker during this summer's transfer window, don't be surprised if they bring in Payet to compete for the position.


Gunners Courting Teenage Sensation Yan Dhanda

Wenger and the Gunners certainly have their fair share of immediate needs to address, but that hasn't stopped them from working on their long-term future.

The 14-year-old Internet sensation Yan Dhanda is already owned by West Brom, but Arsenal are looking to make him property of the Emirates according to Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

As you can see in the video above, Dhanda's jaw-dropping ability at such a young age has become viral on YouTube.

Dhanda is already participating for England's U16 team as their youngest player on the roster, and if the video footage is any indication, he'll be ready to develop into a Gunners offensive threat in a short number of years.

While making a move for a 14-year-old isn't what will bring Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League immediately, it should feel promising for Gunners fans to see their club look toward investing for the future.