Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Mario Mandzukic, Diego, Bacary Sagna and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2014

Munich's Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrates after scoring during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) semifinal soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Kaiserslautern in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Wednesday, April 16. 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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After the joyous success of breaking their trophy duck with a win at Wembley to claim the FA Cup, Arsenal now look forward to conducting their transfer business in preparation for next season.

Many names will be on Arsene Wenger's list of targets, but with a World Cup in the middle of the summer, business will be difficult to organise.

Here we take a look at the latest rumours surrounding the Emirates:


Mario Mandzukic

Arsenal's link to Bayern Munich's big Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic is growing, with the player said to be prepared to move from the Bundesliga Champions. 

101 Great Goals cites a report from Bild that claims the 27-year-old forward will leave the Bavarian super club after being dropped for the German Cup final. 

Bild quotes Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying of Mandzukic:

"Today I cannot say how it’ll end. He has a contract and if he wants to leave then himself or his agent needs to say."

Mandzukic has featured heavily for his club during a very successful league campaign. The player hit 18 goals in 30 Bundesliga matches, per, and contributed significantly to the team's Champions League run. 

Mandzukic would give Arsene Wenger a real physical presence in his front line, and the addition of a hugely experienced player to the Gunners' attack would surely be welcomed.

Arsenal need to bring in players who can convert the chances created by their sumptuous midfield, and Mandzukic would thrive at the Emirates.



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Atletico Madrid star Diego appears to have rejected the advances of Arsenal and seems set to sign for Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC writes that the Brazilian will leave the newly crowned champions of Spain as they look to raise funds.

Diego only rejoined Atletico in January from Wolfsberg on a short-term deal and had attracted interest from the Gunners, per Corrigan.

The former Juventus playmaker has struggled to get into the Atletico first team during their amazing run to the La Liga title, only starting four times in the league, per

Diego is not the type of player that Arsenal need and missing out on his signature will not concern the fanbase. He is not in the class of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla and would only sit on the bench at the Emirates.

Arsenal's need for a striker is much more pressing, and Arsene Wenger is sure to throw his money at this position specifically. 


Bacary Sagna

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Despite Arsenal fans singing for him to stay, Bacary Sagna will leave the North London giants and head up the motorway to Manchester to sign a deal at the Etihad.

Manchester City will capture Sagna in the next few days, as reported by David Woods of the Daily Star, and sign a £140,000-per-week contract with the new Premier League champions.

It was widely expected that Sagna would leave as he follows the likes of Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas out of the revolving door at Arsenal.

Woods writes that Sagna was waiting to see if the Gunners would improve the terms of their two-year contract offer to him, but when this was not forthcoming he decided it was time to move on. 

Sagna will leave a huge hole in the Arsenal defence after playing 35 times in the Premier League this year, per Squawka.


James Milner

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Manchester City's utility midfielder James Milner could be on his way to Arsenal after telling his club he wants a transfer away from the Etihad.

Daniel Taylor of The Guardian writes that the FA Cup winners are the favourites to sign the England international, who is in Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup.

The 28-year-old featured 31 times for City in the league this season, per, but only managed to make 12 starts.

Milner would be an interesting signing for Arsenal and allow them to have an increased amount of quality in the wider positions.

He could also be used as a more defensively minded central player allowing the Gunners' talented flair contingent to operate freely in the final third.

Milner would be a shrewd purchase for Arsenal and, although not the big name Arsenal fans will be looking for, he will give Arsene Wenger an additional tactical option.