Arsenal Summer Transfer Deadline Tracker 2014: List of Moves and Rumours
Transfer deadline day is upon us, and Arsenal still have plenty of work to do. After a disappointing draw away to Premier League newcomers Leicester City, Gunners supporters are desperate to see their squad supplemented with some new blood.
Speaking at the KP Stadium, manager Arsene Wenger insisted the club were open to more transfer activity. The Frenchman told the club's official website: "We are out there and we try our best".
With Olivier Giroud out until Christmas, most of the rumours surrounding Arsenal relate to possible striker signings. However, it should not be forgotten that they also need a centre-half and holding midfielder. Wenger must try to pull off an ambitious hat-trick of deals in the space of 24 hours.
Come back to this article later in the day as the latest Arsenal moves and rumours are updated.
Arsenal Linked with Danny Welbeck
Arsenal may be getting a striker after all.
According to David Ornstein of the BBC, the Gunners are trying to do a deal for Manchester United's Danny Welbeck before tonight's deadline: "Arsenal are interested in signing Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. It is not clear if this would be permanent or loan. No deal has been agreed and no medical has taken place."
The Gunners are now in a race against time to get the transfer over the line.
Arsenal Closed for Business
According to David Ornstein of the BBC, Arsenal are unlikely to make any signings between now and the end of the window:
Barring a late surprise, Arsenal are highly unlikely to make any signings before the transfer window closes. They remain in a number of conversations as they search for a back-up central defender and a holding midfielder, but currently it looks like nobody will be arriving at Emirates Stadium. So that also means no new striker despite the absence of Olivier Giroud until the new year through injury.
Given that Manchester United are set to snare Radamel Falcao, inactivity from Arsenal would be hugely depressing for Gunners supporters.
Arsenal Linked with Falcao Bid
Although signing Falcao from Monaco seems highly improbable, that won't stop Arsenal fans from dreaming.
According to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, the Gunners have been offered the opportunity to sign the Colombian hitman for £55 million:
Manchester City and Arsenal have been offered Monaco’s Radamel Falcao for around £55m (€70m) and are battling to sign the Colombia international before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday night. A deal at that price would smash [both] clubs’ transfer record.
Arsenal are in the hunt for a striker after the injury suffered by Olivier Giroud, who is out until the new year with a broken tibia. Their fans implored Arsene Wenger to sign a forward during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Leicester City in which the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo led the line without distinction.
If Arsenal have any chance of landing Falcao, they must pull out all the stops to do so. He would instantly transform the Arsenal attack from toothless to terrifying.
William Carvalho Insists He Is Happy in Portugal
Handed the opportunity to publicly push for a move to Arsenal, William Carvalho instead stated his commitment to the Sporting Lisbon cause.
According to Inside Futbol, Carvalho refused to comment on any speculation after Sporting's draw with Benfica, saying only: "I have a contract, I feel good at Sporting. I have nothing more to say."
Carvalho would add power and class to the Arsenal midfield. However, with the player seemingly unwilling to force a move, Arsenal may have to pay a premium to get their man.