Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Danny Welbeck is heading to Arsenal confirms the club's official website:
Daniel Taylor of The Guardian earlier reported that Arsenal have applied for an extension to complete a transfer for Welbeck:
Earlier, Sky Sports News stated that Welbeck is currently undergoing a medical with Arsenal:
However, Arsenal have since denied that report (via Sky Sports News):
The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal have agreed a deal on a permanent move for Welbeck:
Welbeck's agent spoke about the prospect of a loan deal (via Daniel Taylor of The Guardian and the Daily Mail):
Welbeck's agent via @talkSPORT - "Danny doesn't want to go on loan. He wants a straight transfer and he has every right to say that."— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) September 1, 2014
Danny Welbeck's agent tells @bbc5liven his client will join Arsenal for £18m if it's permanent and £3m if on loan, http://t.co/VrxJf8lHHJ— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 1, 2014
Earlier, James Olley of the London Evening Standard reported that Welbeck is keen on a move to north London:
Danny Welbeck will be allowed to leave Manchester United, but only if a club stumps up a significant loan fee. That's according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail:
Manchester United want a loan fee of £4million for Danny Welbeck, with Sunderland and Tottenham both interested in the England forward.
[...] Welbeck spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Sunderland but it is understood he would prefer a move to Spurs.
The supremely connected Piers Morgan claimed Welbeck could be on his way to Arsenal:
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Danny Welbeck reportedly favours a move to Tottenham before the transfer deadline arrives, and Manchester United are said to be open to a loan agreement.
Spurs will be one of United's chief rivals for a Champions League spot this term, but the Daily Mail's Simon Jones reports:
Tottenham are among a number of clubs keen on Welbeck but are one of his preferred options.
They will pursue a loan deal but know United, although reluctant to let players join their rivals, will consider a deal where Tottenham pay the England international's wages in full. Conditions would also be put in place where Welbeck would also be unable to play against them.
Danny Welbeck's search for prominence in Manchester United's attack could see the England international leave Old Trafford this summer, and latest reports suggest north London's giants have differing interests.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a number of attacking recruits this summer, and the Daily Mail's Matt Barlow writes that White Hart Lane could be a location for Welbeck to relaunch his career.
It's reported that Spurs fancy a loan deal for the 23-year-old. However, as United seek funds to reshape their own faltering squad, the Red Devils may fail to see any major advantages in a temporary deal.
I hope Di Maria’s arrival does not mean that Welbeck leaves. Danny has a lot to offer, not least the raw pace that is lacking in United at times. His problem has always been that he has not scored enough goals.
I would have liked to see him given a run in the team of 10 to 15 games. It is going to be hard for him to get that now, with so many players ahead of him, but he is certainly capable of 15 to 20 goals a season. Either way, it will take Van Gaal time to get this team right.
Welbeck started 24 games across all competitions last season, per Transfermarkt, 15 of which came in the Premier League, but he has mainly played out on the flanks.
Spurs have begun the season in strong fashion and are currently top of the Premier League, joint-top scorers alongside Chelsea and Manchester City.
Welbeck is known to favour a more central attacking role, and the prospect of fighting against Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado may seem more appealing than his current predicament.
Arsenal don't have as many options up front and manager Arsene Wenger quickly dismissed any notion of signing Welbeck when speaking to the media on Wednesday, per Sky Sports:
The Frenchman was recently hit with the news that Olivier Giroud will be absent for four months after breaking his ankle, per BBC Sport, and the team will need reinforcements.
Whether that comes from within their ranks or through transfer dealings remains unknown at present, but the Gunners have only a matter of days before the summer transfer window closes.
Ex-Arsenal star Martin Keown told BBC Radio 5 Live this week that a move to the Emirates Stadium could be a beneficial one for Welbeck:
The forward has always held a fine reputation at Old Trafford, but the time is coming where his career must be thought of, and if he's not getting chances at United, Welbeck must opt to leave his boyhood outfit.
Should Welbeck chase an Old Trafford exit?
Alexis Sanchez scored his first competitive goal for Arsenal during the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie against Besiktas on Wednesday, utilised as the Gunners' most advanced attacking outlet.
Although not the purpose intended of him upon his Emirates Stadium arrival, this could be the tactic of choice for Sanchez in the months to come.
Welbeck would offer a more natural asset in that position, but United aren't likely to let their graduate leave without a fight, putting Spurs and Arsenal in a difficult position.
So close to the transfer deadline, the Red Devils may not want to see Welbeck leave this late, and the prospect of selling to a direct rival isn't an appealing one.