Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 29, 2013

Arsenal have their hands full with the transfer window heating up and all of the top-notch clubs looking to bolster their squads over the summer, but they're still courting top stars.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has promised a big-spending offseason. It's already in full swing as Arsenal look to seal up a potential move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph. But with that deal still pending, Arsenal have wasted no time going after other household names in world football.

While they've been busy on other fronts, much of the focus has surrounded the question of whether Arsenal can bring in a player with star potential who can change the face of the club. 

Let's take a look at the latest news on two potential Arsenal targets, Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres.


Fernando Torres

News surrounding the plans of incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has turned into a firestorm of reports on the future of embattled striker Fernando Torres.

Torres' future is in limbo at Stamford Bridge, and Arsene Wenger has been one of the first to take an interest in the Spanish striker according to a report from Dean Jones and Dave Kidd of the Mirror

The ambitious Gunners board are desperate for star signings after years of letting their biggest names leave.

Torres, on duty in Brazil at the Confederations Cup, is not sure if he figures in Chelsea’s plans. He will speak to Mourinho this week – and Arsenal will move fast if he gets the thumbs-down.

Their main target is still Argentinian front-man Higuain, but Torres and Wayne Rooney are on the radar.

Although Higuain and Torres both play the traditional striker position, Jones and Kidd report with a headline reading, "Torres emerges as Arsenal transfer target to partner Gonzalo Higuain," leaving one to believe the Gunners are keen on playing the two strikers right next to one another. 

The often-criticized striker hasn't been at his best with Chelsea, but he's currently playing for Spain's national team in the Confederations Cup. He leads the tournament with five goals heading into the championship match against Brazil.

Torres has been given plenty of playing time in the tournament despite falling out of favor at times for his national side. However, his club future won't be determined until a meeting with Mourinho. 

If Torres is given the door at Stamford Bridge, expect suitors to line up for the unquestionably talented goal-scorer. Despite his struggles at Chelsea, Torres proved he can be a world-class striker while at Liverpool. That will get clubs like Arsenal paying close attention.


Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United forward has been all over Arsenal's radar for some time as he works out a potential future in Old Trafford, and the Gunners have made the first big play for the English sensation.

Arsenal have made a £20 million bid for Rooney, according to Simon Mullock of the Mirror

Chelsea have already begun preparations for a counter-offer to send to Old Trafford for Rooney's services, according to Mullock's report. Rooney has reportedly topped the wish list of incoming manager Jose Mourinho.

However, Rooney still seems willing to sit down with the Red Devils' new manager David Moyes and work out a re-signing with United, per Steve Bates of the Mirror. But the 27-year-old will only accept staying in Old Trafford for at least his current wages, if not more.

Rooney is already handsomely paid at £225,000 per week, but his value for United has become diminished since the arrival of Robin van Persie. It's unclear whether Manchester United are adamant on lowering Rooney's wages, but if they are, it could complicate the deal beyond repair.

Arsenal and Chelsea are surely just two of many clubs who will be pursuing Rooney if he's on the market, but right now it looks like United are nothing more than a fat check away from keeping their prized forward in house.