Arsenal Transfer Rumours Include Romelu Lukaku, Gary Cahill and John O'Shea

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIJuly 1, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05:  Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal gives instructions from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on March 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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With the departures of Nasri, Clichy and Fabregas rumored to be imminent, Arsenal have some big shoes to fill this transfer season.  But don't think for a second that they aren't already hot on the heels of some big signings of their own.

Previously rumored to be heading for Chelsea, Anderlecht's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was linked to Arsenal earlier this week, with the North London club rumored to be engineering a £17.9 million offer.  Club manager Arsene Wenger is said to have been keeping tabs on the Belgian international for nearly a year-and-a-half.  

Given the importance of some of Arsenal's rumored departures to their attacking game, Lukaku's 39 goals in two seasons at Anderlecht could be exactly the spark that Arsenal needs to keep their place in the top four.

Links between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill still won't go away, with Bolton reportedly requesting an estimated £17 million for their highly skilled defender.  That's an additional £2 million on top of the offer Arsenal had reportedly planned for Cahill in January.

Another defensive option for the Gunners is Manchester United and Republic of Ireland player, John O'Shea, who was reported yesterday to be linked to a North London move by the Daily Mirror.  The Irishman, who has played 12 seasons for United, was released at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.  

After turning down offers from Sunderland, among others, O'Shea has expressed interest in a possible move to Wenger's squad, and the Gunners may prove to be happy to oblige.