Arsenal are showing the early signs that they mean to combat fiercely for elite names in this summer's transfer window, with Alexis Sanchez's purchase a sign of things to come at the Emirates.
The Chilean international may well be the start of something big in north London as the landslide of speculation continues to wash over the club, suggesting a mass remodelling could be under way.
Arsene Wenger's side are currently being linked with a number of top-brand names, many of which starred at this year's World Cup, and here we'll discuss some of the latest Gunners buzz.
Jackson Martinez has returned from World Cup duty with Colombia to drop a hint that his future with Porto may be in doubt, opening the door for an Arsenal swoop.
Speaking with radio station La FM in his native Colombia (h/t Daily Star's Nick Lustig), the striker admitted that he was unsure about what life holds for him in the wake of the World Cup:
I do not know what will happen. I have a contract for two more years with Porto and I know there is interest from several clubs. It's normal if a player is playing well, but I have always respected my contracts. Only time will tell what will happen.
Martinez has helped soften the blow of Radamel Falcao's exit from the Portuguese giants in recent years, and Wenger's chances of signing him are helped by the fact he's an Arsenal fan, as the Mail Online testify:
Martinez would offer some much-needed back-up to Olivier Giroud, who looked as though he could have done with it last term, although Lustig claims it would take a fee of £30 million to bring Martinez to England.
After Sanchez's signing, Sami Khedira has emerged as the next priority on Arsenal's blueprint this summer, with Bleacher Report's Stan Collymore (h/t Metro) reporting that the north Londoners have already lodged a £24 million bid for his services.
After capturing Sanchez, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis assured fans that there will be yet more business to come at the Emirates this summer:
However, the club would have to shell out a record salary of £150,000 a week in order to acquire the midfielder, which John Cross of the Mirror suggests may be a tad too excessive:
Khedira is set to feature in Sunday's World Cup final against Argentina, but the German international should gain some clarity on his future when those priorities are taken care of.
Should Wenger fail to land Khedira, it's another German anchor, Lars Bender, who could be deemed as the right alternative, with the Mirror's Ed Malyon claiming the Bayer Leverkusen star already fits their needs better:
According to the Daily Telegraph (h/t Metro), Arsenal are ready to show renewed vigour in their pursuit of Bender, having already seen a £19 million bid for his talents turned down last year.
Bender could be seen as a replacement for the ageing Mikel Arteta, but the Spanish general's agent insists that his client's time with the Gunners hasn't reached an end just yet, per Italian radio station Radio Blu (h/t The Independent):
"The player has no intention to leave London. We have not spoken to any club and I would like to remind everyone that we are talking about the Arsenal captain, with all respect for Fiorentina."
Bender presents Wenger with an intriguing and possibly cheaper option to Khedira, particularly in the wage bracket, and some might suggest his midfield versatility should even make him the preferential option.
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