Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours and Buzz Before Window Closes

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

Schalke's Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Basel in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec.11,2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Arsenal are yet to conclude any transfer business this January, and despite the Gunners' bright start to the Premier League campaign, moves are yet to be made.

Arsene Wenger has remained calm throughout the month, but any hopes the boss might have of ensuring some recruitment is pulled off is now entering a rushed phase, with barely 36 hours remaining until the January window slams shut.

Ahead of what promises to be a frantic last day of transfer dealings, we've broken down the latest rumours currently circling the Emirates Stadium.


Wenger Admits Last-Ditch Possibilities

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Though it's been a slow month in North London, Wenger's latest comments would look to inspire some hope in the minds of Arsenal fans.

In the wake of his side's 2-2 draw at Southampton this week, the Frenchman told Sky Sports:

I have nothing to tell you tonight, maybe I hope we have something to tell you because we lost a few players now. We have lost Flamini for three games and Ramsey, but overall I think Jack Wilshere will be back soon, so I think we'll be OK.

Flamini was sent off against the Saints, and it seems certain absences may be playing on the mind of the Arsenal chief.

Just what deals can be put together now, at this late stage, is debatable. However, one wouldn't think it will be an arrival of the blockbuster variety even if some business is patched together at the last breath.


Mirko Vucinic "Must Ask to Leave" In Order to Get Gunners Move

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Juventus veteran Mirko Vucinic has been one of those names frequently linked to a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, with Olivier Giroud in need of cover and playing time proving difficult to come by under Antonio Conte.

However, a deal for the player might still be open, as long as the Montenegrin's willing to make a formal request for the Old Lady's exit.

CNN's Tancredi Palmeri ranks the 30-year-old as being Serie A's second-best forward in 2013:

Tuttosport (h/t Eurosport) quote Juve's general manager Beppe Marotta as having spoken on his club's chances of signing the controversial Dani Osvaldo from Southampton, making note of how Vucinic is linked to the whole deal:

We like Osvaldo and other clubs like him too. He is an excellent player, but before buying anyone we need to sell.

Vucinic? He will leave only if he asks to go.

Vucinic is an experienced figure both at club level and internationally, giving good cause as to why Wenger would consider him an option.

That being said, it's very late in the day to be sealing such a move, with some bound to be disappointed that a switch wasn't sealed sooner, if at all.


Arsenal Rushing To Pull Off Julian Draxler Coup

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 12:  Julian Draxler of Schalke looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray AS at Veltins-Arena on March 12, 2013 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by La
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With a view to seeing the German wunderkind become one of their own for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign, Arsenal are reported to have submitted an official offer for the services of Julian Draxler.

Metro's Dave Filmer says that, despite the fact his release clause stands at £37 million, the Gunners have bid £24.7 million for the playmaker now in an effort to provide Schalke with a quick sale.

The Agence France-Presse's Ryland James says a winter sale is unlikely, however:

The Miners have recently had to cope without Draxler's talents while he's been injured, and some positive notes have come in the process, with Jens Keller's team unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga outings, each without their starlet being present.

Just how open Schalke are to the idea of selling Draxler on now is unknown, but following up the big-money acquisition of Mesut Ozil with another maestro of this calibre would be a sign that the times are most certainly changing at Arsenal.