Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Mata, Denilson, Wilshere, Clichy and Vidal
Arsenal's summer transfer action can be expected to begin in the coming weeks with the European transfer window opening soon. So far, the Gunners have signed young Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic, and then remained silent.
With the contract negotiations of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and the possible transfer of Cesc Fabregas, Arsene Wenger has a lot of work to do within the team in addition to signing new players.
Transfer rumors are heating up, with many players being linked to the Gunners.
With Wenger surely looking to win some silverware in the coming season, here are the transfer rumors that have been making their rounds lately.
Juan Mata: Valencia
Valencia's Juan Mata has been linked with Arsenal, with reports claiming Arsene Wenger bid a club-record £18 million for the winger.
Suddenly, Wenger seems to have prioritize Mata as an important addition, as the Gunners' boss has never bid more than £15 million in the past (and that was for Andrei Arshavin!).
Juan Mata will be a good signing, as he has been consistently averaging nearly 10 goals and 10 assists per season. He ended up scoring two goals in the recent European Under-21 Championships.
Wenger's intention in signing Mata shows that he wants to improve the left wing and acquire a suitable backup for Arshavin. Last season, Nasri played on the left wing, and if Fabregas leaves this summer, Nasri (assuming that he signs another contract with the Gunners) may play in the central midfield position and Arshavin and Mata will feature on the left wing.
Though Valencia may not accept Wenger's current bid, a bid of £23-£25 million will surely tempt debt ridden Valencia.
But Mata has played down the transfer speculation stating that he wanted to win a trophy with Valencia next season,before moving to another club.
It is to be seen whether Wenger will tempt Valencia or will look for other prospects.
Denilson for Sale!
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Denilson handed in a transfer request before the start of this transfer window, and Wenger accepted. Denilson hinted that his future lies in either Spain or Italy.
After a month of transfer activity, Denilson has found no takers.
An Arsenal fan wanted to find a solution for Denilson's future, and tried to auction the Brazilian on eBay!
The bidding started at £68.70.and went as high as £15000 before the listing was removed.
According to Tribalfootball.com, AC Milan are interested in Denilson. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri feels the youngster is capable of filling the void left by Andrea Pirlo's departure for Juventus.
Gervinho: Lille OSC
Gervinho is one player who has been linked with a move to the Emirates for the past few weeks. With the European transfer window opening on July 1st, he was reported to be one of the three (Alvarez and Chamberlain were the other two) signings to be revealed by Wenger.
A winger who can also play as a striker, reports stated that the Gervinho deal was completed with Arsenal paying around £10.6 million.
However, Lille President Seydoux recently told Radio Monte Carlo: "We know that Gervinho is keen on Arsenal. For the moment, there has been simple contact, but we have not received a concrete offer yet."
Though there may not be a concrete offer, Gervinho seems to be interested in joining the Gunners according to a Metro report.
Jack Wilshere Handed a New Contract
Arsenal's youth product Jack Wilshere has been handed a new contract which will see the 19-year-old midfielder earning £10,000 more than his current wages.
Wilshere was handed a long-term contract in November 2010, which committed him to Arsenal until 2015.
According to Goal.com, the new contract Arsenal have offered Wilshere runs until 2016.
Gael Clichy: Wanted at the Emirates!
Gael Clichy, who has only a year left in his contract, has been a center of transfer speculation.
Reports then started circling that stated Clichy preferred a move to Liverpool over Roma, and would talk to Wenger about the possibility.
After all these rumours, Arsene Wenger has finally broken his silence, stating that he wants Clichy to stay at the Emirates and talks about the left back's future are already taking place.
Arturo Vidal: Bayer Leverkusen
With Fabregas's future at the Emirates still in doubt, Wenger has been on the lookout for a central midfielder.
Normally used as a defensive midfielder, in 2010-11 Vidal was used as a more offensive central midfielder and performed well, scoring 10 goals ending the season as Leverkusen's top scorer. The team ended the Bundesliga season as vice-champions.
Bayer Leverkusen bought Vidal for £11million four years ago, and after a good 2010-11 season, his price is expected to be even higher.
Will Wenger keep Vidal on his list of players to buy?
In Arsene We Trust!
According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger took the time to pen a heartfelt letter to a disgruntled Arsenal fan who had written to the club complaining of a lack of big signings.
Wenger does not share anything new in that letter, which seems to be a collection of his post match conferences!
Even though I am a Wenger supporter,i could not help but notice Talksport.uk's translation of the letter to tell what Wenger really meant!
With no big signing so far, all we have to do is hope for good news!
In Arsene We Trust!