Arsenal, even after officially securing the services of Alexis Sanchez and Mathiue Debucy have been all round in the transfer window trying to cover up all possible lapse and shortages there may be in their squad before their first game of the season being the Community Shield. This has seen them strongly linked with several stars potentially available this summer.
Earlier reports suggested that Arsenal have rekindled their interest in Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho after talks with Sami Khedira stalled this week.
Reports in Portugal claim the Gunners have decided to continue their interest in the midfielder after having an initial bid thought to be worth around £24m rejected.
But rumours making the rounds now are suggesting that Arsenal would be returning soon for the player with an improved bid in an attempt to lure the 22-year-old midfielder out of hands of Sporting Lisbon and down to the Emirates.
Although Arsenal are also in negotiations with Southampton regarding Morgan Schneiderlin but it is thought the Frenchman prefers a move to Tottenham and the chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino again.
Carvalho has a £37 million release clause and Sporting are still hoping they can drive his price closer to that mark before agreeing a deal.
There had been interest from Manchester United but the club is believed to have moved onto other targets after baulking at the fee needed to land Carvalho.
Arsene Wenger’s top transfer choice is Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, but new reports claim the club have reached a stumbling block in negotiations due to the World Cup winner’s contract demands.
Khedira has a year left on his current £50,000-a-week contract at Real and recent reports suggest he wants to more than double his wages.
However, Arsenal don’t want to pay Khedira more than current stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who are on £135,000 a week at the Emirates.
Wenger has stayed coy (as always) on the north London side’s interest in Khedira, refusing to talk about the subject after the club’s pre-season 2-0 victory at Boreham Wood.