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Arsenal Transfer News: Expensive Targets Rumoured to Be on Arsene Wenger's Radar

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the pre season friendly match between Borehamwood and Arsenal at Meadow Park on July 19, 2014 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

Arsenal have had a successful summer transfer window thus far, with the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona a particularly good move for the Gunners.

However, there is no doubt that Arsenal could do with further strength throughout the squad, as it was a lack of depth that saw them fall dramatically off the pace in the Premier League late last season.

Arsenal have been rumoured to have a number of star targets still on their radar with reports suggesting they could bring in more new additions ahead of the upcoming season, particularly in defensive midfield. 

Here is the latest news concerning midfielders William Carvalho and Sami Khedira.

 

William Carvalho

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  William Carvalho of Portugal takes on Graham Zusi and Kyle Beckerman of the United States during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, B
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The Gunners are reportedly closing in on agreeing the signing of Sporting Lisbon's Carvalho after previously having a £24 million bid rejected, as per Metro.

The Irish Examiner's Tony Leen reports that the two clubs are nearing a confirmed deal, with the Portuguese outfit expected to accept an offer lower than the £37 million buyout clause:

The 22-year-old became a key part of Sporting's setup last season, making 29 appearances in the league and scoring four goals from a holding midfield role.

However, it is not goals that Arsenal are looking for in Carvalho but a top-class defensive midfielder. He is most certainly that and would bring authority and physicality to the Gunners centre as well as terrific distribution. 

At such a young age, he still has room for improvement, but even at his current level, he would constitute an excellent purchase for the north London outfit.

 

Sami Khedira

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Sami Khedira of Germany kisses the World Cup trophy  after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Jane
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If Arsenal do indeed snap up Carvalho, that may mark the end of long-term speculation concerning the signing of Real Madrid's Khedira, although rumours continue to circulate that the deal may go through.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did not rule out a move for the German World Cup winner when questioned on the subject on Friday, though he also did not confirm anything, as per Jamie Sanderson of Metro"I don't want to give you any names. We are not close to signing anybody at the moment."

Previous talks were reported to have stalled over the 27-year-old's wage demands, with Khedira wanting £150,000 a week, more than Arsenal's current top earners who are on £130,000 a week, as per Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

However, Peter Wood of Metro suggests he has now lowered his demands, paving the way for a £20 million move, with Real eager to sell him on now rather than letting him go for free when his contract expires at the end of the season. 

Stan Collymore of talkSPORT also seems to think that the deal is still on:

While Khedira is a marvellous midfielder and would slot well into an area in which Arsenal are currently weak, Wenger's record of recruiting youth would suggest Carvalho is the more likely option.

While either would be terrific for the Gunners, the Portuguese player is a better signing in the long term and is also likely to demand lower wages.

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