Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

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    The transfer window is less than a month from closing, and although business is currently experiencing something of a lull, the pace is expected to pick up dramatically in the next couple of weeks.

    Arsenal have already enjoyed a successful recruitment drive, but there could be more to come. With time running short, the Gunners are still searching for a central defender and a holding midfielder.

    Check back on this page over the week as we update you on the latest Arsenal transfer stories from around the globe. 

    Last updated: Friday, August 8.

Arsenal Accept £15 Million Bid for Thomas Vermaelen from Barcelona

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    Friday, August 8

    It looks increasingly as if lifting the FA Cup will be Thomas Vermaelen's last significant action in an Arsenal shirt.

    According to David Ornstein of the BBC, the Gunners have agreed a £15 million fee with Barcelona for his services. His departure is now imminent.

    Arsenal will need to act quickly to replace him. With Per Mertesacker still recovering from his exertions in Brazil, Arsene Wenger's team are worryingly depleted at the back.

Jack Wilshere Linked with Switch to Italy

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    Thursday, August 7

    Arsenal are blessed with a wealth of central midfielders. However, according to James Olley of London's Evening Standard, one could be on the move. He claims that Italian giants Juventus are investigating the possibility of taking Jack Wilshere to Turin:

    Juventus are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

    Standard Sport understands the Serie A club have sounded out English-based agents to explore through informal channels whether the Gunners would be willing to sell the 22-year-old.

    No formal enquiry or offer has yet been made after the suggestion was rejected by manager Arsene Wenger, who earlier this week challenged the midfielder to become a “consistent presence” in the team this season.

    Arsenal are unlikely to be interested in selling Wilshere, regardless of Juve's interest. The England international remains a key part of the club's future.

     

Arsenal Linked with Swoop for Daniel Agger

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    Wednesday, August 6

    reports on claims in The Sun that Arsenal are considering a swoop for Daniel Agger as a potential replacement for the outbound Thomas Vermaelen:

    Arsenal are planning to move for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, according to reports.

    The Gunners are reportedly preparing to bid for the Reds centre-back, 29, despite efforts by his former club Brondby to bring him back to his native Denmark.

    Arsene Wenger is considering moving for the player as a replacement for Manchester United and Barcelona target Thomas Vermaelen, say the Sun.

    Agger faces an uncertain future at Anfield following the arrival of £20m Croatia centre back Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

    As a left-footer, Agger would appear to be a natural replacement for Vermaelen. He also shares the Belgian's technical ability and capacity to bring the ball out of defence. This story could have legs, and is one to watch as the transfer window hurtles towards closing.

     

Arsenal Favouring William Carvalho over Sami Khedira

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    Tuesday, August 5

    According to Matt Law of The Telegraph, Arsenal are edging towards making a move for William Carvalho rather than Sami Khedira:

    William Carvalho, the Sporting Lisbon midfielder, could be Arsenal's next big signing because of increasing concerns at the Emirates over the wage demands and injury history of Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.

    Despite already spending £60 million this summer, Arsenal are still searching for a dominant holding midfielder.

    Khedira, the Germany international, has been carefully considered by Arsenal whose manager, Arsene Wenger, last week refused to rule out the possibility of signing him.

    Arsenal would have to commit to a deal worth more than £50 million, with transfer fee and wages, to land Khedira.

    Carvalho would work out significantly cheaper, and as a younger player would hold greater residual value.

    Given Arsene Wenger's preference for long term investments, it would be no great surprise to see him opt for the Portugese over the German. 

Arsenal Linked with Move for William Carvalho

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    Monday, August 4

    Arsenal have once again been linked with a move for powerful Sporting Lisbon holding midfielder William Carvalho.

    According to Portuguese paper O Jogo (h/t James Andrew of the Daily Mail), the Gunners are close to agreeing a £24 million fee for his services, despite the player having a release clause of £37 million in his contract.

    That would be a reasonable fee for a player of Carvalho's undoubted potential. However, it remains to be seen if these rumours have any real substance to them. 

Thomas Vermaelen Will Not Sign New Arsenal Deal

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    Monday, August 4

    According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Thomas Vermaelen does not wish to sign an extension to his current Arsenal contract:

    Thomas Vermaelen is unwilling to sign a new contract at Arsenal, edging him a step closer to the exit door.

    The Gunners captain’s contract expires at the end of the forthcoming season and the club had been keen on offering him fresh terms.

    But the Belgium defender does not want to open talks about extending his deal.

    That stance is certain to push Vermaelen further toward the Arsenal exit door, with Barcelona and Manchester United said to be hoping to steal him away from the north London club.