Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and More
Arsenal was expected to be one of the big English Premier League spenders during the 2013 summer transfer window, but so far only one signing of note will be coming to Emirates Stadium at the start of the 2013-14 EPL season.
The Gunners made that move official on Monday:
With Yaya Sanogo now in the fold, Arsenal fans will hope and pray that Arsene Wenger will not get complacent on the transfer market. A rumored move for Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain has been the major talking point so far, yet he remains a member of the Spanish league as of noon ET Tuesday.
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The answer to that question won't be solved until more transfers are official, but we've got you covered with the latest news and notes on several transfer targets.
All's quiet on the Higuain front.
The Real Madrid star has been rumored with a move to the Gunners for quite some time, with reports out of Spain coming last week that Higuain was "close" to a move to Emirates after denouncing links from Napoli and Juventus.
The only bit of pertinent Higuain news on Monday came from Dominic Fifield of The Guardian, who listed Higuain as being "set" to join up with Arsenal soon alongside Brazil's No. 1 goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
According to Ben Curtis of Mirror, Higuain's brother made sure interested parties know his sibling was still keen on a move to the EPL this offseason, yet it's a week later and still there's nothing on Higuain's impending signing.
To make matters worse, it's been nearly two weeks since Higuain reportedly agreed to the Arsenal move, a situation chronicled here by Mirror's John Cross.
The Sanogo signing helped take some pressure off the club to make a move, but it's also fueled speculation that Higuain has not yet decided if his £22 million move to Arsenal is going to be completed before the transfer period is over.
Although no substantial news or rumors surrounding the 25-year-old striker have broke in the last few hours, that is now of note because the deal was so close earlier in the process.
Higuain's name continues to surface with phrases like expected, soon and pending, but until Arsenal officially announces the deal, it's hard to put the Argentinian star in a Fly Emirates uniform.
Wayne Rooney has been mentioned as a candidate to leave Old Trafford since before the 2012-13 EPL season ended, and on Monday, Chris Wheeler of Daily Mail reported that things are coming to a head this week.
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Per Wheeler's report, Rooney and his representatives will meet with new boss David Moyes and other United contingents in the coming days, and the conversation is expected to surround when—not if—a move away from Old Trafford will happen.
Wilshere sat down for an interview with ESPNFC on Tuesday, and in it he also hinted that Arsenal would be lucky to snatch Rooney from United's clutches this offseason.
The current Gunners star thinks Rooney is the kind of player who brings trophies home to the pitch, and with Arsenal earning a Champions League berth after their fourth place finish in the EPL table, opportunities for trophies will be around right away next year for Wenger and company.
Rooney will likely gain worldwide interest if he is officially made available in transfer talks by the Red Devils, starting with Manchester United's EPL rival Arsenal.
Other News and Notes
While big names continue to dominate transfer talk, smaller ones that could turn into stars also persist around the Gunners these days.
One such name is Marouane Fellaini of Everton, who has been one of the hardest players to pry away from his current league side during the entire transfer window.
According to Fifield's Guardian report, the Gunners are still reluctant to shell out the £24 million required from the EPL release cause in Fellaini's contract. That being said, the Gunners still have significant interest in bringing him on board should a Rooney or other midfield deal not pan out.
That news comes after Sam Rhodes reported last week that new talks with Fellaini would begin sometime this week, and that the reluctance mentioned by Fifield was starting to wash away:
I can confirm that Arsenal are set for fresh talks with Marouane Fellaini next week, they are now in a position to offer him what he wants.— Sam Rhodes (@SamuelRhodes_) June 29, 2013
This tweet from talkSPORT about Fellaini as a potential midfield signing for Wenger also lends to the idea that Arsenal will eventually concede the money issue as secondary to finding midfield help for the upcoming season:
In other news, Ed Maylon of Mirror reported that Arsenal was in the chase for a duo of young starlets that Tottenham has had their eye on for quite some time.
Late Monday, Maylon mentioned Dinamo Zagreb's exiting young tandem of Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic as potential targets for Arsenal, even though the Spurs have been on the chase for the 17-year-old Croatian starlets for quite some time.
In a bit of disappointing news, it seems that the Gunners are going to miss out on fullback Benjamin Mendy, who is close to signing a contract with Sunderland for the upcoming season.
Damian Spellman of Daily Mail had the report, noting that Arsenal's pursuit of the 18-year-old defender is in vain, with a move to the Stadium of Light expected in the next few days.
That's it for the latest roundup of news surrounding Arsenal's summer transfer window. Continue to keep tabs on the Gunners over the next few days, as the big move that has been promised could be coming at any moment.
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