Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Latest on Sami Khedira and Arsene Wenger's Top Targets

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2014

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira from Germany runs during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium  in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 17, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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The summer transfer window has finally opened, and Arsenal are expected to be among the busiest clubs ahead of the 2014-15 Premier League season. Several big-name targets are already being linked with the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger will be looking to add quality players once he returns from Brazil.

In the age of social media, players are seemingly linked with every team that has a hole in its starting XI. Some transfer rumours turn into transfer news—others never come to fruition. With that in mind, let's have a look at the latest rumours surrounding the Gunners.


Arsenal Have Made an Offer for Sami Khedira

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El Mundo Deportivo (h/t to Metro) claim the Gunners have offered £23.8 million for the German midfielder, who reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid during the summer.

Metro's report further states Wenger has instructed Mesut Ozil to try and convince his close friend and German teammate, as the two are currently preparing for their 2014 World Cup semi-final match against hosts Brazil.

Khedira would add some security to Arsenal's midfield, helping recover the ball more quickly against some of the Premier League's top clubs. He's not a big threat moving forward, but his prowess in shielding the back four makes for an intriguing fit with Arsenal.

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Paired with Aaron Ramsey, one of the better young passers in the Premier League, Khedira would provide cover for the Welshman to roam further forward and get even more involved in the Gunners' attack.

The German international comes with some major injury concerns, however, and despite his great size, his playing style isn't particularly physical. How his brand of football would translate to the Premier League is anyone's guess, but his history playing at the highest level suggests he should be fine.

Given his experience, Khedira would be one of the safest options available to the Gunners. For the right price, reuniting Ozil and Khedira in North London could turn out to be a steal.


Mathieu Debuchy Confirms He'll Be Joining Arsenal

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Per The Guardian's Gary Payne, Debuchy told TF1 cameras he'll be making the move from Newcastle to Arsenal ahead of next season:

 “Yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season.”

Arsenal have been looking for a replacement for Bacary Sagna since the end of the Premier League season, and it looks like the man chosen ahead of him in the French national team will now become his successor at the Emirates.

Payne claims the deal will be worth around £8 million, though that figure could rise to £12 million if certain add-ons are hit. For a quality full-back with Premier League experience, such a fee would present quite the bargain.

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Debuchy put together a strong World Cup campaign with France, solidifying his position as Les Bleus' starting right-back. While not as defensively flawless as Sagna, his abilities on both sides of the pitch make him the better overall player.

The full-back will hold his own defensively and presents an upgrade over Sagna in the attacking department, and while some fans would have rather gathered a younger, more explosive player, an £8 million deal for a quality full-back is excellent value.


Juventus Looking To Move For Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal were rumoured to be the front-runners for Sanchez's signature, but the Italian champions have now set their sights on the Chilean, per the Daily Mirror's John Cross.

Juventus tried to bring the forward into the fold following his impressive spell with Udinese, but were eventually forced to watch as Sanchez made his way to Barcelona.

The Bianconeri don't have the financial firepower some of the English clubs do, but Sanchez knows the Serie A very well and could be tempted by the idea of joining a club that has steadily improved its squad throughout the past three years.

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Arturo Vidal is one of the hottest names on the transfer market right now, and he would command a hefty transfer fee that Juventus could choose to invest in a deal for Sanchez.

Juventus also often use a 3-5-2 system that would allow Sanchez to play in a two-man frontline, a system in which the Chilean has played his best football so far, both with Chile and Udinese.

Arsenal still hold the edge on a financial level, however, and Barcelona have little reason to settle for a lesser transfer fee to accommodate the wishes of their player. As of right now, the Italians don't look as if they've overtaken the Gunners as favourites to land Sanchez.



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