The English Premier League transfer season is in full swing and a number of players will be changing teams in the near future.
The Arsenal Football Club has a number of targets in its sights, but not all are realistic.
Here's a list of players that the Gunners have been rumored to be targeting, but seem unlikely to change teams or aren’t great fits.
Cesc Fàbregas-FC Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas was a member of Arenal from 2003-11, and now, according to Sky Sports, rumors are flying that he could return to the team.
There is a £25 million clause in Fàbregas’ contract with Barcelona that would allow Arsenal first refusal and the opportunity to bring back their former captain.
It’s an opportunity that will likely not come to fruition, however. The 26-year-old midfielder has said that he is happy in Barcelona, according to ESPN.
Interest in Fàbregas remains despite claims that he has no plans to go anywhere, but at this point a move away from Barcelona looks very unlikely.
It seems surprising that Luis Suárez is even being connected to Arsenal considering the Telegraph’s report of strong dislike voiced by Arsenal players of the Uruguayan superstar in the past.
Still, talent trumps everything else and the Arsenal have no choice but to at least consider the controversial striker.
Suárez has had a number of on-field mishaps, including one game in which he bit a Chelsea defender.
Clearly, Arsenal should do everything in its power to improve the club during transfer season, but adding a head-case like Suárez would prove to be far more of a distraction for the team than anything else.
As talented as he is, the Arsenal would be better off if they let another team sign the volatile 26-year-old.
#LFC striker Luis Suarez is ready to break his promise that he would not leave for another Premier League club and join Arsenal. (Mirror)— Get Football News (@GetFootballNews) July 20, 2013
Gareth Barry-Manchester City
Christopher Moore of Yahoo Sports reports that Arsenal is targeting Barry, but the 32-year-old defensive midfielder doesn't seem like a great fit for the team.
Barry is easily on the downside of his career and doesn't have much left to offer.
He has just eight total goals over his last four seasons with Manchester United and it’s difficult to see why the Gunners would even consider signing him.
Though they could sign him for cheap, he still isn’t worth it. Arsenal would be far better off chasing a player like Everton’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini was said to have interest in joining the Gunners, according to the Daily Mail, and Arsenal would do well to abandon their pursuit of Barry and focus on the younger, more talented Belgian.
Gareth Barry is continuing talks with Arsenal over a possible £4million move to the Emirates. (Source: Star)— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 10, 2013