This summer's World Cup is forcing a lot of Europe's top clubs into conducting their transfer business earlier than usual, and Arsenal are already showing some initiative in chasing down their summer targets.
This week sees the Gunners' attention turn toward offensive reinforcements as the focus drifts in the direction of Arsene Wenger's attacking reserves being strengthened.
The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reported in May that the Frenchman would be handed a £100 million kitty to spend on transfers this summer, with early rumours suggesting a significant portion of that war chest could be whittled down in the weeks to come.
Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona
Arsenal fans have long pined for the potential return of their former hero Cesc Fabregas, and after falling down Barcelona's pecking order, reports suggest the midfielder could now be ready for a Premier league comeback.
However, Barca's willingness to sell doesn't mean an easy run-in for the north Londoners, whom Dean Jones and Alan Nixon of the Mirror claim will have to fight off interest from Manchester City, while the Daily Mail's Rob Draper wrote that Liverpool are also a part of the race.
BBC Sport's David Ornstein did add, however, that while Arsenal have a buy-back option for the playmaker, they are yet to enter any formal negotiation:
Fabregas said he was very sad when he left Arsenal, and he is not the only one! I fought with him to keep him but, deep down, I obviously knew. He was raised in Barcelona; his grandfather worked for Barca; he went to all the FCB football classes; they had the best team in the world.
I surrendered to his will of playing for them, and I think it was completely logical. We had a respectful relationship. And, for me, admiration too. He left Barcelona at 16 and came here with his mother.
He said, 'Barcelona won't trust me, and I'm coming here because I know that you will trust me.' The personality he showed back then, sometimes I wonder where he found it. This strength to leave such a club to come and play for us. I have a huge respect for that.
The Arsenal chief will undoubtedly feel indebted to Fabregas for the fine work he did contribute on the club's behalf during his eight-year stay in north London, and the chance to bring their ex-talisman back may make Fabregas' acquisition a priority for the side.
Loic Remy, QPR
Long linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy is edging closer to an Arsenal switch after it was revealed that the striker has "agreed personal terms" with the club.
That's according to Sky News Radio (h/t Metro), mentioning a £10 million fee as the figure supposedly set to take him away from Loftus Road.
Remy appeared in the Emirates crowd back in May to watch Arsenal's 1-0 win over West Brom, but ESPN quoted Wenger at the time as having no knowledge of any inside information regarding a deal:
Honestly, I've just been informed that Loic Remy was here and I didn't know," Wenger told reporters after the match. So don't see any sign of us signing Remy [from that]. I hope he paid for his ticket! I did not invite him.
James Maw of FourFourTwo recently pointed out just how important a figure Remy was to the Newcastle United cause while on loan in the north-east for the 2013-14 campaign:
If Remy were to move to Arsenal, it would see him link up with international teammate Olivier Giroud in what could be a fruitful French scoring partnership.
Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid
Alvaro Morata will not be completing a move to Arsenal this summer if the most recent details regarding his Real Madrid exit are anything to go by.
Jack Wilson of the Daily Star says that Juventus have won the race for the striker's services.
The 21-year-old was associated with the Gunners back in January, but Wenger was quoted by the Press Association (h/t The Guardian) in playing down any talk of a switch:
Nothing has changed because we are open to a possible solution and if something interesting turns up we will do it. It could be a loan as well yes. We are not in talks, with Real about anybody.
I do not want to speak about any specific names. For us it is important to prepare well for Monday night and to win the game on Monday night. The people who are in the newspapers do not help us to win the game on Monday night. It is the players who play here.
Despite failing to find any prominence among the star-filled cast at the Bernabeu, Morata remains one of Spain's most promising attacking talents, but it would appear Antonio Conte may be the man who gets to manage the youngster for the foreseeable future.
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