Arsenal have emerged as surprise front-runners for the signing of Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of targets since their title challenge spectacularly flopped in the last few games.
Furthermore, Barcelona are still trailing the Gunners’ captain Cesc Fabregas and are ready to bring him back to Camp Nou so a central midfielder may become a priority at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is expected to make wholesale changes to his defence as a matter of urgency after securing the signing of Bordeaux goal-scorer Marouane Chamakh.
Today Wenger revealed: “My transfer policy this summer will be to keep our strengths going forward, add one player, and add more defensive strength to our team.”
Wenger has been linked with Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and a host of defenders including Matthew Upson, Brede Hangeland and Mamadou Sakho.
With Barca seriously interested in Fabregas, Arsenal could see Yaya Toure moving in the opposite direction, which would scupper any chances of Ireland playing at the Emirates next year.
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