Arsenal Transfer News: Big-Money Signings Planned by Arsene Wenger

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2014

Portugal's William Carvalho attends a press conference after a training session in Campinas, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. Portugal plays in group G of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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The transfer rumours are heating up for Arsenal as we enter the final week before the end of the summer window, with several big-name players being linked to the club.

The Gunners' start to the 2014-15 Premier League season has been solid but one or two questions regarding the squad remain as Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to add more talent.

Here are the latest stars being linked with a move to the Emirates.


William Carvalho

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The Gunners have been chasing the Portuguese star throughout the summer and reportedly had a £20 million offer rejected by Sporting, but Wenger is prepared to return with an improved offer for the young midfielder.

According to's Wayne Veysey, a move would depend on the club's UEFA Champions League qualifier against Besiktas. A win against the Turks would increase the Gunners' budget thanks to the added income of European football, opening the door for a larger offer.

Carvalho's price tag would likely be hefty for a player with limited experience, but his potential is through the roof. Portuguese football expert Jan Hagen loves watching him play:

The 22-year-old has long been touted as one of Europe's brightest talents and has been linked with seemingly every top Premier League club, but Arsenal still seem to be the most likely destination.

The Gunners could use his massive body at the holding midfielder position, where he would add a level of physicality the club have lacked in recent years. While most of his value would come as a future contributor, Carvalho could realistically already feature in 2014-15.


Sami Khedira

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Speaking of holding midfielders, El Confidencial (h/t to Metro) knows Khedira is ready for a transfer away from the Spanish capital, with the Gunners being quoted as one of the most likely landing spots for his services.

The German international carries a relatively small transfer fee of £12 million but wage demands could still push a potential deal out of reach for Arsenal, who traditionally are reluctant to overspend on new signings.

As with Carvalho, the transfer saga surrounding Khedira has been going on all summer. An exit from Los Blancos seems inevitable, however, and with his contract running out at the end of this season, Real have no choice but to cash in now.

The race to sign the World Cup hero could be fierce, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich being viewed as the favourites to land Khedira. Arsenal appear to have the biggest need for a holding midfielder, however, and if they make a strong push for his signature, there's no reason to believe a deal couldn't be made.


Marco Reus

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 01:  Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund gives a press conference at Santiago Bernabeu stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, on April 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo b
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Borussia Dortmund have been telling clubs interested in Marco Reus they have no intention of moving the player all summer, but as reported by Metro, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke sounded less convinced in a recent interview with Der Westen:

"We will have to wait and see whether we can keep hold of Marco," he said. "All I can say is that I know him really well and it’s not about money with him."

Reus himself is yet to give any indication of wanting to leave the German outfit, and as shared by Sandra Goldschmidt, he has been wearing the captain's armband in recent matches:

While a transfer for the mercurial forward seems unlikely in 2014, Dortmund fear Reus could end up following former team-mates Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to hated rivals Bayern Munich.

A transfer to a foreign club would prevent such a scenario and simultaneously add significant funds to the team's budget, giving them even more freedom to rebuild a squad that was on the verge of challenging the Bavarians' Bundesliga dominance two years ago.

Reus will be an expensive get, however, with seemingly every top club in Europe vying to bring him into the fold. An all-out bidding war could prove too expensive for the Gunners, who already added versatile forward Alexis Sanchez in the summer of 2014.