Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20
Another week has gone by, and as Arsenal remain dormant in the transfer market, the rumor mill is buzzing with rumors and speculation.
Each weekly news cycle brings a fresh batch of copy from the numerous newspapers and websites that churn out a combination of interesting possibilities and pure guff.
Here we track it all during this particular week.
January 26: Arsenal in Talks over Draxler and Frankfurt's Right Back
Much has been written about Julian Draxler's potential move to Arsenal, and Wayne Veysey of Goal.com has given us both an update on the status of the move and a new story to discuss.
He reports that the Gunners are sending a negotiating team to Germany to not only seal Draxler's signature, but capture Sebastian Jung, Frankfurt's right back.
Arsenal surely know at this point whether Bacary Sagna wants to commit to another contract at the club, and now would be the time to act to purchase a replacement if the evergreen Frenchman decides to move on.
At 23 years old, Jung can be a starter for years to come. And his £7 million price tag is quite modest. Perhaps Arsenal will add not one but two Germans to their already sizable cadre of Germans.
Wenger Dismisses Berbatov Link
Amid much speculation that Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov could move to Arsenal as a short-term supplement to Olivier Giroud, Arsene Wenger moved to set matters straight before the Gunners met the Cottagers last weekend.
In his pre-match press conference, Wenger said via the club's official website:
I don't think [we will sign Berbatov] because we have Bendtner who is coming back, we have Yaya Sanogo who is making very good progress in training. Of course we have lost Theo Walcott and that for us was a big blow but hopefully we can compensate. We have not made any approach.
While there is always the possibility that the manager is bluffing, this statement seems to settle the matter conclusively.
Arsenal Talk with Juventus About Vucinic
For once, the club that owns an Arsenal transfer target is not reluctant to let the player go. Instead, Juve want to sell Vucinic, rather than temporarily loan him.
As Goal.com says, offloading Vucinic permanently would allow Juventus to reinvest the transfer fee they would receive and immediately add someone to the squad in a needed position.
It is believed Juventus offered Vucinic to Arsenal after the Gunners asked about Fernando Llorente's availability and were rebuffed.
At 30 years old, Vucinic would make sense as a short-term option, but Wenger will certainly not make a long-term commitment.
Wenger Dodgy and Noncommittal About Julian Draxler
In the same press conference that saw Arsene Wenger completely deny any approach for Dimitar Berbatov, the boss was a bit more cagey about his much-rumored pursuit of Julian Draxler.
Though he said no deal is close to done, his answer to a question about whether Draxler had toured the training ground at London Colney was simultaneously peculiar and non-responsive.
"That's like a non-identified flying object," he said via the club's official website. "You see them everywhere."
Those words are far from a denial of a serious pursuit. Whether or not Wenger is genuinely interested in the German starlet, any deal will almost certainly have to wait until the summer due to Draxler's injury and Schalke's probable refusal to sell their best player in the middle of the season.