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Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Joel Campbell, Alvaro Morata, Mathieu Debuchy

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  Joel Campbell of Costa Rica celebrates after defeating Uruguay 3-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 14, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

Arsenal appear set for one of their busiest summer transfer periods in recent history as stars set to move both in and out of Emirates Stadium.

As expected, the World Cup has prevented many transfers from reaching swift conclusions, but that hasn't stopped some outfits from getting their business started early.

The Gunners need to revise their ranks after just scraping a fourth-place finish in the 2013-14 Premier League term; below, we take a look at the latest news surrounding the club.

 

Alvaro Morata

MADRID, SPAIN - UNDATED: In this image from adidas, Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid tries on his adidas F50 Battle Pack boots ahead of Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final at the Ciudad Real Madrid training complex in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Visionhaus/ad
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Juventus appear to have won the race for Alvaro Morata's signature after the Real Madrid striker's agent, Juanma Lopez, was quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca saying: "Alvaro Morata is getting closer to Juventus."

Even in the world of agency politics, that sits as a candid and honest answer for Lopez to give, suggesting that Arsenal have lost out on their chance of bringing in the Spanish Under-21 star.

Citing AS, ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson maintains that Monaco may yet spoil the deal, however, with a player-plus-cash deal for Radamel Falcao being tipped:

Juve may not be capable of offering the same financial aids as the Gunners, but one would argue that their title ambitions are clearly of a more convincing brand.

Morata supposedly has his pick of an elite bunch, but Arsenal's attacking interest appears to be fully centred on Alexis Sanchez right now, as per Metro.

 

Mathieu Debuchy

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Mathieu Debuchy of France is challenged by Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gros
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Newcastle are close to making a 100 percent profit on their investment in Mathieu Debuchy, who is closing in on an £11 million switch to north London.

The Mail Online reports that the Frenchman, having been knocked out of the World Cup quarter-finals at the hands of Germany over the weekend, has completed a medical at the Emirates, with Wenger looking to replace Bacary Sagna:

Debuchy arrived at Newcastle 18 months ago for a fee of £5.5 million and has since developed a reputation as a potentially destructive force, but journalist Alex Hess takes note of the right-back's inconsistencies:

Another French-speaking asset arriving in the squad would be no major surprise for Wenger, although some may feel the Magpie isn't capable of the same standards upheld by Sagna over the years.

 

Joel Campbell

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Having earned such rave reviews during Costa Rica's jaunt to the World Cup quarter-finals, Joel Campbell is in higher demand than ever.

The youngster's path could become intertwined with that of the aforementioned Debuchy after the Daily Mail's Simon Jones revealed Newcastle United are chasing a swap deal.

It would only be a temporary move on Campbell's part, however, as the Magpies seek to plug the void left by Loic Remy's return to Queens Park Rangers.

Campbell irritated defences in Brazil, and Squawka shows the Central American's knack for drawing a foul:

After experiencing work-permit issues in the past, Campbell has been backed to feature for Arsenal by Wenger, who in mid-June was quoted by ESPN.co.uk saying: "He will definitely come back to us for pre-season. He is maturing well."

Jones does write that the Gunners are keen on the idea of giving their youngster a chance at first-team football, but testing the waters at Newcastle might be the best option to see if Campbell can adapt to England's top flight.

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