Ignasi Miquel wants Arsenal stay - transfer roundup

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Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel has played down speculation of a return to La Liga this summer, insisting that he 'only has eyes for Arsenal' and is determined to make a first-team breakthrough this season. (Marca)

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Espanyol after struggling to make any kind of impact in Arsene Wenger's first-team, since arriving in north London in the youth team set-up in 2008.

Miquel spent the last campaign on loan at newly-promoted Leicester City, and has returned to the Gunners for pre-season in the hope of gaining more regular action.

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But, with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen all ahead of him in the central defensive pecking order, the youngster faces a difficult task of breaking into the side.

Miquel admitted that the opportunity to return to the top-flight in Spain is 'a good option', though remains hopeful that he has what it takes to forge a career in the Premier League.

Arsenal transfer gossip:

Arsenal are facing serious competition for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema after Liverpool were linked with a club record £40 million bid for the France international. (Metro)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old, and had hoped to lure him to the Emirates Stadium to provide competition for Olivier Giroud next season.

However, Benzema could now turn out at Anfield in 2014/15 as Brendan Rodgers considers a bid for the player identified as a possible replacement for Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez.

Arsenal target Javi Manquillo has reportedly pulled out of a move to Marseille so that he can wait for Arsene Wenger to swoop for his services. (Daily Express)

The young Atletico Madrid full-back was virtually set for a season-long loan move to Ligue 1, but now harbours hopes of a permanent transfer to north London where he could replace Bacary Sagna in the Gunners first-team.

Arsenal are pondering a £20 million move for Brazil international and Shakhtar Donetsk starlet Bernard. (

The 21-year-old reportedly has his heart set on a move away from the Donbass Arena, and could supplement the imminent arrival of fellow forward Alexis Sanchez, who is set to be unveiled as Arsene Wenger's first major signing of the summer.

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