Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Latest Speculation About Cesc Fabregas and More

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 12, 2013

So far, it has been a quiet summer for Arsenal

Stop me if you've heard this before. 

The Gunners, fresh off yet another you-win-some-you-lose-some type season (top four in the EPL yet no trophies), are easily one of the most compelling clubs to watch this summer. 

The north London squad has available funds to make a significant splash during the ongoing transfer window, and it has been linked to some game-changing names.

Nevertheless, in all too predictable fashion, Arsene Wenger has yet to open the pocketbooks, fueling a bit of frustration around the Emirates. 

But it's not time to panic. It's July 12, a mere 11 days after the opening of the transfer window. There are still over seven weeks remaining until it closes again, and rumors are still running rampant around the club. 

Let's take a look at the most recent. 


Cesc Fabregas Not Happy at Barcelona?

Could the Spanish international be leaving home for his, um, other home?

It's likely a long shot that Cesc Fabregas leaves Barcelona, but according to the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel, there is talk that he is unhappy with the Catalans, and that Arsenal would be quick to intervene should he express the desire to leave:

The former Gunners skipper is currently on his summer holidays following Spain's Confederations Cup campaign and is pondering his future after a frustrating season at Barcelona.

Publicly, the Spaniard maintains he wants to stay at the Nou Camp, but doubts over how he fits into manager Tito Vilanova's plans after being regularly overlooked for big games last season has left Fabregas in two minds.

And the Gunners are poised to strike should the midfielder decide his future lies elsewhere with the Emirates Stadium club being kept updated on developments regarding the 26-year-old's future as the summer progresses.

A deal to re-sign Fabregas will be relatively straightforward to conclude. As part of the deal that took Fabregas back to Spain, Arsenal secured a £25million first-option clause as part of the transfer.

Seems simple enough, right? 

Arsenal fans don't need to be convinced of Fabregas' talent. The former Gunners star is built in the typical Spanish midfielder mold—an unbelievable playmaker with world-class vision, passing and ball control. 

He would immediately improve any midfield. 

Still, this is a rumor to take with a large grain of salt, as there is not yet anything concrete regarding the 26-year-old's desire to leave the La Liga champions. 


Arsenal Going After Geoffrey Kondogbia

Sevilla's Geoffrey Kondogbia is attracting quite a bit of interest this summer, and according to Sky Sports, Arsenal is one of the many clubs who are thought to be intrigued by the 20-year-old:

A host of clubs have been linked with Kondogbia, who caught the eye at Sevilla last season with a number of impressive performances.

The likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the 20-year-old, as they look to bolster their midfield options.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be in the market for a new defensive midfielder, and Kondogbia is understood to be on his radar.

This is a compelling target. 

Kondogbia certainly isn't a Luis Suarez or Gonzalo Higuain in terms of name recognition value, but he is a burgeoning star who will likely come for cheap. 

Blessed with superb marking skills, overpowering strength and an ability to push forward, the 20-year-old has the potential to turn into a very good defensive midfielder. 

At the very least, he would add some much-needed depth. 


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