Arsenal Transfer News: Latest 2014 Summer Gossip Surrounding Gunners

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

France's player Loic Remy attends a press conference in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. France is in group E at the World Cup soccer tournament and plays its first match Sunday. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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The signing of Alexis Sanchez has got all at the Emirates Stadium in a buoyant mood this summer, with transfer prospects supposedly looking up before the new season gets under way.

And it doesn't look as though Arsene Wenger is set to stop there, with a host of top-flight talents being linked with their own moves to north London.

Here, we detail the latest gossip and rumours to hit the Emirates Stadium, with goalkeepers, midfielders and strikers all on today's agenda.


Last-Minute Competition for David Ospina

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Wenger may have been of the impression that his side were the only ones in the running for Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, but French newspaper L'Equipe (in French) (h/t Metro) report that Valencia are posing late competition.

A £3.2 million deal was reportedly in place, with beIN Sports' Matt Spiro giving some insight into what the Colombian international goalkeeper might bring to the English giants:

Wenger is looking to replace Lukasz Fabianski after he joined Swansea City on a free transfer and depth will be key to Arsenal's hopes for more silverware after winning the FA Cup last term. Wenger is quoted by the Gunners' official website (h/t Sky Sports) as saying:

We have the ambition, we have the desire, we should have the confidence from last season - so we have a good basis. It's now up to us to make sure we have the right attitude and the right hunger to go for more.

In the Premier League (last season) we were not far away, we got 79 points and with what happened to us with injuries, I feel that we did quite well. On top of that we won the FA Cup so I think it's a good platform to go for more.

But in the Premier League everybody tries to improve the team and it's very difficult to predict what will happen this year. What we can be sure about and what we can make certain of is that we are ready for a fight and we are better than last season - that's our target.

This time around, surviving those injuries will be a priority, and if anything should happen to Wojciech Szczesny, Wenger needs to be able to rely upon his second-choice option.


Liverpool Take Lead in Loic Remy Hunt

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Arsenal's stringent wage policy may once again scupper their bid to sign a top target after it emerged that Liverpool have stolen a march in the race to sign Loic Remy.

Metro writer Jamie McLaughlin said that the Gunners are unwilling to meet the French striker's salary demands, as confirmed by We Play's Nik Postinger:

One thing Arsenal can offer on a par with the Reds is Champions League football, which QPR boss Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT (h/t Daily Mail's David Kent) is very important to the player:

I think he really wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere. We gave him time off after the World Cup but I think he’s really looking to move. I would be surprised if he was at QPR at the start of the year.

If he goes to the right team, he’s capable of scoring 15 to 20 Premier League goals next season. If nothing comes along I'm sure he will be back here. He had a contract, a good contract, here.

Unless Arsenal are willing to stump up in wages, any hopes of signing Remy may be gone, with Liverpool more likely to part ways with a bigger sum.


Gunners Open Morgan Schneiderlin Talks

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Arsenal have taken the first steps toward signing Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin after Wayne Veysey of revealed that talks between the two clubs have been opened.

In the report, the French midfielder is quoted as saying of his future: 

I've been there for a long time now. We'll see how things go, but the directors know my position and what my intentions are. Everyone has ambitions, everyone has his own future in his hands, so we’ll see. Every player wants to play on big occasions.

Despite Arsenal's proactivity, however, Greg Stobart of doesn't believe Schneiderlin to be a player of Arsenal standards:

The club have shown good initiative in their summer window thus far but fans at the Emirates will want to see more signings of Sanchez's quality, hoping that isn't perhaps their biggest piece of business now done.