Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Speculation on Arsene Wenger's Summer Plans

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2014

Southampton's Calum Chambers plays against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at St Mary's stadium, Southampton, England, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Arsenal's squad for the upcoming 2014-15 Premier League season is starting to take shape, but if the latest reports are to be believed, Arsene Wenger isn't finished with the summer transfer market just yet.

The Gunners are still linked with a host of players, while a number of contributors could still leave the Emirates Stadium, whether on loan or permanently.

Let's have a look at the latest speculation surrounding the Gunners and their efforts in the transfer market.


Sami Khedira Will Lower Wage Demands

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The German midfielder is reportedly anxious to join the Gunners as soon as possible, but so far, both parties have yet to find common ground regarding the player's wage demands. According to La Sexta's Jose Luis Sanchez (h/t to Metro), Khedira is willing to compromise:

Arsenal have been in talks with Khedira for the last few weeks over a summer move to the club, but the deal has since stalled because of his £150,000-a-week wage demands.

However, with the transfer on the brink of collapsing, and with the Gunners looking at Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as an alternative, Khedira has changed his terms. According to respected La Sexta journalist Jose Luis Sanchez, the Germany World Cup winner is now only asking for £134,000-a-week (€9 million-a-year) to make the switch.

Sanchez goes on to claim the World Cup winner would be willing to sit out the final year of his contract and move to a new club on a free transfer, with his opportunities at Real Madrid seemingly limited.

Khedira would find a number of compatriots in north London, giving the Gunners an edge over other interested parties like Monaco and Chelsea.

Arsenal have a need for a world-class holding midfielder to help cover ground in front of the back four, and Khedira would certainly fit the bill. He does come with a length injury history, however, explaining Wenger's reluctance to pay him wages well above Arsenal's usual policy.


Calum Chambers Close to Signing

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Southampton's summer transfer window is starting to resemble an episode of 'Oprah,' selling countless first-team players in the wake of their excellent 2013-14 campaign.

Chambers could be the latest to depart the club, as Sky Sports claim the 19-year-old has already completed a medical ahead of a £16 million move to Arsenal.

New manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the press after his team's friendly win over Bournemouth, and he didn't give any indication the club would stop selling:

"I expect everything. I know the possibilities of some of the biggest clubs in England and Southampton had a great season. it's normal they could lose some players."

Chambers is a supremely talented right-back who could have a future in the centre of the defence, although the England U21 international would have to bulk up significantly to handle the physical battles in the box.

He has the athletic ability to hold his own out wide and is very calm and composed for his age, not being booked once during the entire 2013-14 Premier League season, per

He lacks the experience to be an impact starter for a top club like Arsenal, but as a project player with the versatility to line up in every defensive position, he would present the club with solid depth. The reported fee is rather high for an inexperienced player, but if he reaches his potential, Chambers would present the club with excellent value.


Four Premier League Clubs Want Carl Jenkinson Loan Deal

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Chambers' arrival coupled with the purchase of Mathieu Debuchy means fan favourite Jenkinson will almost surely be loaned out, and according to Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke, there is no shortage of suitors.

West Ham, Swansea City, Sunderland and Hull City are all reportedly interested in the full-back, and Wenger would be tempted to send the 22-year-old out on loan to make sure he receives plenty of minutes during the 2014-15 season.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein can't see Jenkinson spending the upcoming season with Arsenal, either:

Jenkinson's opportunities with the Gunners have been limited so far, and for all of his physical gifts, the youngster is yet to show anything that would convince Wenger he could challenge Debuchy for the starting position as early as next season.

A loan move could give the full-back the experience he needs to make good on his potential, although the risk of him vanishing entirely from Wenger's long-term plans remains.

If Jenkinson can land in the right situation and play at the level required to challenge for England's starting spot at right-back, there's no reason not to like his chances of making an impact at the Emirates beyond next season.