Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28
Arsenal's summer recruitment continues apace.
Having already secured Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, Arsene Wenger moved to snare Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
According to the club's official website, the former Nice man will join the club "subject to the completion of regulatory processes."
The indications are that he will not be the last arrival at the Emirates Stadium. Read on for the latest news and rumours about Arsenal's transfer activity.
—Last Update: Friday, August 1st—
Carl Jenkinson Seals West Ham Switch
Friday, August 1st
Carl Jenkinson has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
Arsenal's official website has stated that Jenkinson "heads to Upton Park this season to gain regular first-team football". That implies that, although Jenkinson will be away from the Emirates Stadium this season, he could yet return there if he impresses.
Arsenal fans will hope so, as they love having one of their own on the books.
Arsenal's Sami Khedira Move Could Be Back on
Thursday, July 31
There could still be life in Arsenal's bid to sign Sami Khedira.
Reports in Marca (h/t The Mirror) claim Real Madrid are eager to sell the German international in order to avoid him joining Bayern Munich for nothing in a year's time.
Arsenal's bid to sign Sami Khedira could have been given an unexpected boost.
The Gunners see the German international as the ideal recruit this summer as they hope to add some more class to their already strong-looking midfield.
The move looked dead in the water only a matter of weeks ago with indications suggesting the 27-year-old wanted upwards of £150,000 to join up. But reports in Spain now suggest a deal could be back on with Real Madrid apparently ready to sell this summer.
Marca say that Bayern Munich have emerged as suitors for Khedira, and are keen on snapping him up on a free next summer when his contract expires.
As such Los Blancos are said to be keen to cash in this offseason and avoid losing the midfielder for nothing in 12 months time.
Losing Khedira without attaining a fee is an unpalatable thought for Real. A player of his class could command as much as €20m on the open market, even with such a precarious contract situation. They will be eager to push through a sale while they can still capitalise on the German international’s value.
If Real Madrid are determined to force Khedira out, Arsenal would surely be willing to take him in with open arms. He would bring the power and drive to the Arsenal midfield that Mikel Arteta is seemingly no longer able to provide.
Thomas Vermaelen Link with Manchester United Resurfaces
Wednesday, July 30
Thomas Vermaelen's Arsenal future remains in doubt. Not only was he curiously absent from the club's training camp in Austria, but Ian Herbert of The Independent suggests he is still a major target for Manchester United.
Herbert reports that Louis van Gaal has said:
We are doing well but we are looking for defenders. Defenders have gone and we have to replace them.
With United set to field a back three this season, Vermaelen would slot easily in to the United team. A move feels increasingly inevitable.
Calum Chambers Makes It Official; Carl Jenkinson Close to Exit
Tuesday, July 29
Calum Chambers is officially an Arsenal player.
The Gunners announced his signing yesterday, and he has now joined up with the squad for their preseason boot camp in Austria. Speaking to Arsenal.com about the move, Chambers said:
I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years. I'm looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.
Chambers' arrival appears to have pushed Carl Jenkinson closer to the Arsenal exit. Hull City manager Steve Bruce has told talkSPORT that he believes the player will join West Ham. Whether that deal is permanent or a loan arrangement remains to be seen.
Calum Chambers Arrival Imminent
Monday, July 28
Calum Chambers looks set to become Arsenal's fourth signing of the transfer window. According to David Ornstein and Nabil Hassan of the BBC, the player has already undertaken a medical with Arsenal and his arrival could be confirmed as early as Monday.
Speaking to ESPN, Arsene Wenger explained the thinking behind the deal:
He can play at centre-back, right-back and [in] central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions.
He hasn't played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future.
Chambers will offer Arsenal huge versatility and equally sizeable potential. This is set to be another exciting addition for the Gunners in what has been a successful summer.
Carl Jenkinson Looks to Be Leaving on Loan
Monday, July 28
The arrival of Calum Chambers could prompt the departure of Carl Jenkinson. Having already added Mathieu Debuchy to the squad, Arsenal would suddenly find themselves with too many right-backs.
Jenkinson would benefit from a season on loan, which now seems very much a possibility.
Hull manager Steve Bruce has admitted to David Kent of the Daily Mail that Jenkinson is among his targets, but Bruce is likely to face stiff competition for the England international's coveted signature.