Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26
Time to dive into another week of transfer rumours surrounding one of the clubs that the press most likes to feed on.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger's famous frugality have provided easy fodder for the media in recent years, but pundits of all stripes and all levels of credibility seem to love the fact that the manager has a substantial transfer kitty this summer even more than the drama of penny-pinching.
Some of the rumours they publish are true and some are quite dubious. Here, we'll evaluate them all.
Sami Khedira to Be Cesc Fabregas Alternative?
Everyone knows that Arsenal need a defensive midfielder this summer to shore up the weakest area of their midfield. According to Simon Osborn of Metro, Sami Khedira is the man Arsene Wenger is targeting.
The story is a little odd because is references Khedira as an alternative to Fabregas, despite the fact that the German plays a very different role than the Spaniard. Khedira is a strictly defensive midfielder, while Fabregas is a distributor and creator.
While that aspect seems a tad wonky, the rest seems logical. Khedira combines decent physical stature with defensive solidity—just the sort of player Arsenal are crying out for.
Gunners in the Market for Loic Remy
Loic Remy's name is back in the press and he is once again being linked with the Gunners.
After being spotted at Arsenal's final home game of the season, speculation was rampant that the Frenchman would sign on to partner of back up Olivier Giroud.
Now, Simon Austin of the Mirror claims that Arsenal will try to land Remy for a paltry £8 million, after QPR boss Harry Redknapp said that the striker was free to go for that fee. (QPR own Remy, who was loaned out to Newcastle last season.)
It would be quite the steal if Arsenal could snag a player who netted 14 Premier League goals last season for a price that small. He would be a quality addition that would not drastically upset the balance of the team.
Cesc Fabregas to Make Arsenal Return
Has Cesc Fabregas rediscovered his Arsenal DNA?
Though the Arsenal midfield is stacked, the team's litany of injuries this season illustrates the impossibility of having too many players in a given position.
There is little ostensible reason for Fabregas to return to Arsenal at this stage. He was signed to be Xavi's eventual replacement, and the old stalwart is now 34. Fabregas is 27. The timing could not be better for him at Barca.