Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 11

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 11

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    For Arsenal fans, this is the summer that keeps on giving. Not only can Gunners fans celebrate a successful transfer window, they can also now cheer the raising of the Community Shield.

    However, that win over Manchester City should not be allowed to distract Arsene Wenger from the vital work he still has to undertake on his squad. Although Calum Chambers looked accomplished at Wembley, Arsenal still need an experienced centre-half to replace Thomas Vermaelen.

    As the transfer window approaches its furious climax, that chase for a central defender is likely to be the story that grabs the most headlines. Check back here throughout the week to see how Wenger’s hunt for a defender is progressing.

     

    Last updated Thursday, August 14. 

Olympiacos Name Their Price for Kostas Manolas

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    Olympiacos have name their price for reported Arsenal target Kostas Manolas.

    According to Matt Law of The Telegraph, strategic advisor Christian Karambeu has said:

    We are not willing to negotiate his sale for less than £8m. We have not set a deadline for clubs to bid but, if we receive the right offer, we're willing to sell him. Otherwise, we will keep him.

    Juventus are interested and have made a sound offer. They are not the only ones interested in him, though.

    In the last few days, interesting proposals have also arrived from England.

    Arsenal have already beaten Juventus to the signing of Alexis Sanchez this summer. Now, they will hope to do the same with Manolas.

     

Arsenal Still in Sami Khedira Running

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    Thursday, August 14

    Jack De Menezes of The Independent reports that Arsenal are continuing their pursuit of German international midfielder Sami Khedira:

    Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with the 27-year-old and despite Arsene Wenger’s claims that he is not interested in signing Khedira, the Gunners are seen as the most likely destination.

    It seems hasty read anything in to Khedira's exclusion from Real Madrid's UEFA Super Cup victory over Sevilla, as he has only just returned to training. Nevertheless, it seems Arsenal's interest in the powerful midfielder is longstanding and concrete.

Asenal Linked with Greek Centre-Back

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    Wednesday, August 13

    According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Arsenal could move for Greece international Kostas Manolas to ease their defensive problems.

    Arsenal are set to turn to Olympiakos centre-half Kostas Manolas in their search for Thomas Vermaelen's replacement.

    Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his central defensive options following Vermaelen's departure to Barcelona.

    And Manolas, 23, is emerging as a leading contender to fill the void vacated by the Belgium international.

    Although Manolas is not a huge name, he is a solid performer who could add depth to Arsenal's options at the back. If he is the man Arsene Wenger wants, he should move fast to secure the powerful defender.

Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell Linked with Turkey Moves

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    Tuesday, 12 August

    Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell seem to be in competition for one spot in the Arsenal squad. Now, according to the Daily Star (h/t Daily Mirror), they are both being targeted by Turkish club Galatasaray.

    If Arsene Wenger decides that one of the pair is expendable, Galatasaray seem a plausible destination. Wenger has a matter of days to decide which of Campbell and Podolski can offer more to his squad in 2014/15. 

Arsenal Linked with Daniel Agger Transfer Swoop

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    Monday, August 11

    In the wake of Arsenal's win over Manchester City, Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express ran a story suggesting that Wenger could be considering a move for Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger.

    Agger has the requisite Premier League experience to slot straight into the Gunners back line. If he is surplus to requirements at Liverpool, he could be an ideal signing for Arsenal.

    Like Vermaelen, Agger is left-sided, so he would bring plenty of balance to the Arsenal defence. It would not be a surprise to see this speculation continue as the week progresses. 

Gunners on Alert for Matija Nastasic

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    Monday, August 11

    With Manchester City having completed a swoop for Eliaquim Mangala, James Dickenson of the Daily Express has suggested that Arsenal could launch a bid for Matija Nastasic.

    Like Calum Chambers, Nastasic is young enough to play understudy to the first-choice pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

    However, Manchester City may be unwilling to sell Nastasic to a team likely to be a rival for the Premier League title.