Arsenal Transfer Tracker: Week of June 24 News and Rumours

Charlie Melman@@charliemelmanCorrespondent IIJune 25, 2013

Arsenal Transfer Tracker: Week of June 24 News and Rumours

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    Arsenal's season is over, so you know what that means: Transfer season is upon us once again!

    Yes, with no club football to occupy us over the long summer, we must desperately speculate about any potential arrivals and departures at the Emirates Stadium.

    Perhaps there might actually be a summer of big spending in the cards for Arsenal? The club is flush with money from new sponsorship deals, and chief executive Ivan Gazidis has reiterated the organization's desire to challenge for the title again.

    Throughout the week, I'll be keeping this slideshow updated with the latest Arsenal transfer stories, complete with some holistic analysis. Make sure to check back regularly.

Gonzalo Higuain's Father Hints That a Deal Is Close

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    The preeminent Arsenal-related story of the short summer has been Gonzalo Higuain's potential big-money move to North London.

    According to Higuain's father, a deal could materialize very soon. But Arsenal will have to fend off interest from Juventus, one of the most desirable destinations in the world.

    In his words, as he told the Mail via Sky Sports:

    Nothing has been signed yet but I can assure you there are advanced talks between the clubs," said Higuain senior in the Mail on Sunday.

    We wouldn't arrange any personal contract before the clubs agree for the transfer. I'm aware Arsenal has made a strong offer, as well as Juventus.

    Higuain would shatter Arsenal's transfer record and almost certainly top their wage bill, as he will probably be unwilling to accept a reduction of the hefty wage he earns at Real Madrid.

Pepe Reina?

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    Anyone who has followed Pepe Reina's fractious relationship with Liverpool during the last few seasons is aware that his tenure on Merseyside is almost certainly nearing its conclusion.

    In a recent slight directed toward his club, Reina left the door open to a move to a "bigger club," since "there are a few bigger than Liverpool now..." (Sun).

    The Sun takes the liberty of mentioning Arsenal alongside Barcelona, who are conventionally believed to be the Spaniard's next destination. Apparently, writer Mark Irwin forgot that the Gunners have not been in the market for a starting goalkeeper in years.

Could Wayne Rooney 'Handle' London?

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    In recent news as utterly inconsequential as the rantings of a desperate man tend to be, Alisher Usmanov declared that Wayne Rooney transferring to Arsenal would be a "big success" for the player and his new club (Sky Sports).

    Who currently owns over 60 percent of the club? Stan Kroenke? Thought so.

    Nevertheless, there has been a considerable amount of speculation about Rooney's future in recent weeks, and Arsenal, who are in need of a striker, have frequently been linked.

    Interestingly—and rather presumptuously, too—Gunners legend Tony Adams opined that the pugnacious Rooney does not possess the "temperament and mentality" necessary to succeed at a London-based club, as reported by Sky Sports.

    While it is seldom fair to dictate to—and about—a player about whom one does not have an intimate knowledge, Adams does have experience with temptation, publicly overcoming alcoholism to extend his playing career and quite possibly his life.

    However, Adams likely wasted precious breath to talk about a rumor that has virtually no chance of coming to fruition.