Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18
The transfer window is slowly swinging shut. Within a couple of weeks, all clubs will have to terminate their transfer activity until January.
Arsenal are still searching for a couple of missing pieces to complete their jigsaw. It's widely expected that they will make more moves before the end of August, with a centre-back and a holding midfielder both high on the priority list. However, there are also suggestions that they could still be looking for a supplementary attacker.
Check back on this piece over the next week, as the latest stories about Arsenal's transfer activity are added and updated.
Last update: Thursday, August 21.
Lukas Podolski Linked with Galatasaray
Thursday, August 21
Arsenal have reportedly told Galatasaray they will sell them forward Lukas Podolski, but not Joel Campbell.
Galatasaray wanted to sign both players in a £22m deal, but the Gunners are reportedly only prepared to let Podolski go. Arsenal have told the Turkish giants they are willing to offload the 29-year-old Germany international before the transfer deadline, the Sun reports.
Podolski has become a fans' favourite since arriving at the Emirates from Cologne for £11m in 2011.
With Podolski far from guaranteed a first-team spot, an exit looks increasingly likely. The question marks over his future will continue right up until the close of the transfer window.
Is Kostas Manolas in England?
Wednesday, August 20
Reports continue to suggest that Kostas Manolas is on the brink of completing a move to Arsenal.
James Dickenson of The Express reports on claims that the defender is in the country to undergo medical tests before finalising a move. Arsene Wenger insisted after the club's match with Besiktas that there is "nothing special to add", but it is difficult to ignore the weight of speculation about this particular deal.
Deal for Kostas Manolas Moves Closer
Tuesday, August 19
Arsenal are seemingly closing in on a new centre-half. Now James Orr of The Independent reports that deal could be imminent:
Greek defender Kostas Manolas is on the brink of an £8m move to Arsenal after undergoing a medical with the north London club, according to reports. The Olympiakos centre-back is seen as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona for £15m last month.
The Gunners need to add a new defender as a matter of urgency. Hopefully Manolas will soon arrive in North London to provide back-up for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal Linked with Ezequiel Lavezzi Swoop
Monday, August 18
According to Bruce Archer of the Daily Star, Arsenal are one of three Premier League clubs tracking the availability of Ezequiel Lavezzi:
The Argentina winger, 29, who joined the Ligue 1 club in 2012 from Napoli after five years in Serie A looks set to leave as the French champions begin a cull to balance the books.
Arsenal don't seem to require a wide forward in the Lavezzi mould, so this deal is only likely to take place if Arsenal let someone go first.
Brazilian Bernard Possibly Available on Loan
Reports in the Ukraine suggest Brazil international Bernard could become available on loan.
To let him go for free or for pennies won't work. The club will not allow it.
In such a situation it is better to give the Brazilian a one year loan.
If Bernard is able to establish himself well [at another club] Shaktar will then be in a better position to negotiate a subsequent sale.
If Bernard is truly available without a fee, Arsenal will surely be on the case. He is an archetypal Arsene Wenger player.