Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2
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.
Arsenal Agree Personal Terms with Loic Remy
Rumours about Loic Remy's possible arrival at the Emirates Stadium have been buzzing for weeks, and Sky News Radio (h/t Metro) is now reporting that the striker and Arsenal have agreed personal terms.
If true, that means Remy is on the verge of signing for the Gunners. After all, a transfer fee would need to have been worked out before any such personal discussions could take place between the player and his potential new club.
Regardless of whether the rumours are true or not (and they do seem a bit specious), Arsenal should be trying to improve on Olivier Giroud, rather than acquiring a player who at best matches his quality.
Arsenal Want Malaga Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
With Lukasz Fabianski now officially gone to Swansea and Emiliano Viviano seemingly unlikely to return for another season of purgatory, Arsenal should be in the market for a back-up goalkeeper.
Ideally, that player would be able to give Wojciech Szczesny a healthy scare and make him compete a little for his place, rather than allowing him to rest on his laurels.
According to the Independent, Malaga's Willy Caballero might be that player.
At 32, Caballero might be willing to take the last several years of his career easy and accept the odd cup start in his deputy role. However, if another club comes along and tries to nab him for a starting spot, it might be too hard to resist.
Arsenal in for Mario Balotelli?
According to John Cross of the Mirror, who is generally a reliable source on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is considering a move for an unsettled Mario Balotelli.
He says that AC Milan want to raise funds this summer and believe that Balotelli is expendable, despite the fact that he scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Rossoneri.
If anyone could tame Balotelli's brash and selfish personality, it would be Wenger. He did the same with Robin van Persie many years ago and very well might be able to do so again now.
This is very unlikely to happen, but Balotelli is certainly the sort of powerful, technically efficient striker that Arsenal need right now. He would be a significant upgrade to Olivier Giroud.