Arsenal Transfer News and Rumors Tracker: Week of March 24
It makes sense. Fans are seeking some solution to the deep problems in Arsenal's mentality and the composition of their squad. The only place they can immediately look to is the transfer market.
Here are some of the most interesting and noteworthy stories that have recently emerged.
Mario Mandzukic's Agent Arrives for Talks
Only at Bayern Munich is a striker who has scored 23 goals in 36 appearances surplus to requirements.
However, that is what Mario Mandzukic will likely become when Robert Lewandowski arrives at the Allianz Arena on a free transfer this summer. There is just no way the two can get the playing time they each deserve, and Pep Guardiola will likely look more kindly upon the technically brilliant Lewandowski.
Metro says Mandzukic is rated at about £10 million, which seems paltry for such a physically dominant striker who is 27 years old. If that really is what Bayern want for him, his agent being in London to talk with Arsenal is not a huge surprise.
Arsenal Given Huge Boost in Julian Draxler Chase
Julian Draxler, who was widely linked with a £37 million switch to Arsenal in January, will not be going to Bayern Munich this summer.
Don't believe me? That comes straight from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's chairman.
"I can rule out that we will sign Julian Draxler in the summer," he told Die Welt am Sonntag (via the Guardian).
That seems pretty unequivocal, and it is a welcome statement for Arsenal and their fans. Draxler is a young talent of immense quality, and would fit in very well at the Emirates. Bayern are one of the only other interested clubs who were rumored to be competing to sign him.
Morgan Schneiderlin Won't Rule out Arsenal Move
Arsenal need a holding midfielder this summer, and Schneiderlin fits the mold.
He's only 24 years old and is one of Southampton's most essential players. He is equally capable of making a crunching tackle and keeping possession with intelligent passes.
In short, his style is in the sweet spot between Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
To sweeten the pot even more, he seems disposed to a move to Arsenal.
According to Metro's Jamie Sanderson, Schneiderlin accepts it will not be easy to secure a move to the Emirates. However, he says he would not be opposed to it, as he has always dreamed of playing for a great club.
This is one to watch with more than the customary cursory glance we rightly give most transfer rumors.
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