Arsenal could be a hive of activity this summer if various transfer rumours are to be believed.
Whilst the Gunners have never been known as a club with a “revolving door” transfer policy, this summer’s window could be one of manager Arsene Wenger’s most important yet.
A potential FA Cup win aside, a season that started so well has fizzled out in much the same way as previous campaigns.
That simply can’t be allowed to happen again, and therefore some serious investment in the squad is required.
Tottenham Hotspur powerhouse Sandro has all but ruled himself out of a move across North London.
A spat with manager Tim Sherwood after the Fulham match gave rise to speculation that suggested the player could be set to swap White Hart Lane for the Emirates Stadium.
However, per an interview with Lancenet via Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express, the player noted:
I'm happy here at Tottenham. If the rival supporters want me to go to their team, I think I'm doing a good job and being recognised.
Not only rivals, ours too. I just have to thank the fans of Tottenham, they are very dear to me. We have three games and need to work.
Given that Sherwood may well be on his way at the end of this season with David Moyes being touted as his replacement, per the London Evening Standard via James Olley of The Independent, a deal for the player could still be available should Moyes or any new man deem him surplus to requirements.
With Bacary Sagna almost certain to leave the Gunners, Wenger is in the market for a top-level replacement at right-back, and Chambers fits the bill.
Squawka detail Chambers’ excellence in defence during his 21 first-team appearances and note a move for the player would cost in excess of £10 million which is unlikely to present a problem for the North Londoners.
However they could have a fight on their hands to prise him from the South Coast:
[Football #News] Southampton Executive Director Les Reed is determined to keep Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers this summer.— SBOBETweets (@SBOBETweets) April 25, 2014
Should Chambers accede to the move, he will be treading a well-worn path with both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making the move from the Saints to the Gunners.
Kalou is no longer the workhorse but the star of the team.
That presents a different kind of challenge for him as a player, and this season, the Ivorian is really beginning to rise to that task.
With 14 goals and five assists in all competitions, he is Lille’s top scorer by some distance.
It's form that has taken his club into third position in the table, behind only moneybags Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco. Still only 28 years of age, according to David Woods of the Daily Star, Kalou would be available for as little as £2.5 million.
And as the player himself told Sport360 in an interview, he would never rule out a return to the Premier League:
It is my dream to one day play at a great club. Arsenal? I have a three year contract, so it will not be easy.
It’s my dream to one day play at a great club though – so why not?
However, any move for the French midfielder would now seemed doomed to failure. Unless the south coast club are willing to sell.
Schneiderlin said, per Mike Allen of the Daily Mirror:
We know top teams are watching us.
As long as we don’t receive a concrete offer, and as long as the club says they won’t sell, I will never force a transfer.
With this and other potential rebuffs in mind, it’s imperative Arsenal’s scouting network work overtime now to identify different, and achievable, targets.
The World Cup looms large for every club in the major football leagues, and clearly the machinations of any transfer business would need to be done prior to the tournament with a view to concluding any deals as necessary post-Brazil.
For a club that is used to dining at the top table, there is simply not enough time at the conclusion of the World Cup in which to go shopping for the big names.
And “bargain hunting” shouldn’t really be on Arsenal’s agenda.