Arsenal fans, hello and welcome to your daily news roundup.
As you’ve probably noticed by now the vicious whirlpool of raging transfer gossip isn’t disappearing anytime soon, and since there’s plenty of weeks left in the transfer window you might as well grab your paddle and get used to it.
After all, is there any better use of your time than perusing the latest information concerning what Arsene Wenger may or may not do in the market? If there is then we haven’t found it. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy our roundup.
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Arsene Wenger has a history of signing young players with great potential, so there’s probably some truth in the rumours claiming Arsenal are making enquiries over the possibility of signing AS Roma defender Alessio Romagnoli.
Unconfirmed reports from Sky Italia say the Gunners have had a bid turned down for Juventus youngster Daniele Rugani, and Gazetta dello Sport are stating that they’ve now turned to Romagnoli, who spent last season on loan at Sampdoria, playing 30 games despite the fact he’s just 20.
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What’s more it’s said Wenger’s interest in the player comes after Roma refused to negotiate over fellow defender Kostas Manolas.
We won’t want to stir the cauldron but it appears Arsenal are desperate for a young centre-back, which isn’t all that surprising considering both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are no spring chickens.
That said Wenger did sign Gabriel Paulista in January and also boasts Calum Chambers amongst his ranks. Do the Gunners even need another centre-back?
Elsewhere Jack Wilshere has confirmed he will talk with Arsene Wenger about his short-term future, stating that he wanted to sit down with the Gunners boss before the start of the season.
The England international returned to pre-season early in a bid to ensure he is fit for the new campaign, but faces tough competition getting into the starting XI. Of course his bid for first-team action will be helped by his recent showings both at club and international level, though nothing can be assumed since Wenger has such a strong midfield.
Last but not least we’ve got the low down on Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, who can leave the Ligue 1 club so long as suitors stump up €35m.
Wenger has been mentioned as a possible admirer of the Frenchman in the past and so might be interest in securing a deal, although the sum could be a sticking point.