The summer transfer deadline is just weeks away, and Arsenal have yet to make a bold move to bolster their squad. The north London club have £70 million to spend on reinforcements, but have failed to land a coveted striker with the season opener against Aston Villa just 10 days away.
The Gunners missed out on their pursuit of Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain, and have reportedly turned their attention to Luis Suarez, who has been valued at over £40 million. The Liverpool forward seemed like a logical fit at Real Madrid, but the Spanish titans appear to have their sights set on Tottenham’s Gareth Bale for a potentially outrageous transfer fee of £100 million. However, Daily Star reported that Real Madrid are interested in adding both Bale and Suarez, which is a tall order unless they decide to part ways with Cristiano Ronaldo, and that seems unlikely.
Suarez, whose departure from Anfield seemed all but certain following news of his 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea center back Branislav Ivanovic in April, has demanded an exit and appears to be forcing his way off of Liverpool. Arsenal, who finished fourth in the Premier League last season to qualify for Champions League, appear to be the frontrunners for Suarez’s services should Liverpool decide to move on.
"Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I'd be allowed to go,” Suarez told the Guardian.
"I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish - now all I want is for Liverpool to honor our agreement."
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers appears steadfast that Suarez will stay at Anfield.
“We have no intention of selling one of the best players in the world to one of our rivals,” said Rodgers, at a press conference. “Luis Suarez is very much a Liverpool player and there is no real value in discussing it unless someone comes close to the valuation."
While Suarez remains Arsene Wenger’s main target, Arsenal also appear to be interested in Matthias Ginter. Metro reported that the Gunners are close to adding the 19-year-old defensive midfielder on a £6 million bid. In June, Daily Mirror reported that Wenger was interested in signing Ginter on a £5 million deal. Ginter made 36 appearances for SC Freiburg in his first professional season, and has 14 appearances for Germany’s international youth squad.
Ginter can also play center back, and he has even stated that he sees his future at the position. Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, and Liverpool have also reportedly shown interest in him.
Meanwhile, two attacking players may be on their way out of the Emirates. Out-of-favor striker Marouane Chamakh has been linked with a loan move to Crystal Palace, according to Daily Mirror and the Sun. Daily Mail reported in July that Levante were also interested in signing the 29-year-old.
Meanwhile, the Sun has linked Gervinho with an £8 million move to Roma. There have also been reports that Lyon and Galatasaray are interested in the Ivory Coast winger. Gervinho joined Arsenal in 2011 from Lille, and has been used as a striker and on the left wing.
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