It's poised to be a big week for Arsenal. Robin van Persie was due to hold talks on his future with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday, while their man transfer target is also poised to decide whether he'll be joining the club in the coming days.
Arsenal is desperate to keep Van Persie at the club, but face an uphill task to convince the Premier League's Golden Boot winner to remain at the Emirates with just a year remaining on his contract.
The Sun reports on Wednesday, though, that the Gunners will stand firm and refuse to let the Dutchman leave this summer even if that means Van Persie departing on a free transfer next year.
It is hard to believe that the hierarchy at Arsenal would really risk losing out on an estimated £30 million by holding Van Persie to his contract, though. Similar sentiments were expressed by the club last season regarding Samir Nasri, before they allowed him to leave for £24 million to Manchester City.
But, if Arsenal can make a couple of big signings early in the window then they will be hopeful of keeping their captain.
Their rumored number one target Yann M'Vila has said that he will choose his next destination after Rennes' final game of the season on Sunday.
I'll make my decision after the game against Dijon, he said, according to Tribal Football.
It is true that I would like to improve my game and for that, I have to look elsewhere. Why not in a foreign country?
The Gunners remain favorites to sign the defensive midfielder, although Inter also hold an interest.
Arsenal is also strongly interested in two other players who have been lighting up Ligue 1 this season. Montpellier duo Olivier Giroud and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have impressed as the unheralded side have shocked French soccer to climb to the top of the table and be on the verge of claiming the league title.
Giroud has scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 and is said to be coveted by Bayern Munich as well as the Gunners. Talksport now reports that Atletico Madrid is also poised to join the race should they lose their much sought after front man Radamel Falcao.
Yanga-Mbiwa is captain of Montpellier and the central-defender received his first call-up for France for their provisional squad for Euro 2012. Talksport reports that there is serious competition for his signature this summer, with Borussia Monchengladbach joining Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle in the pursuit of the 22-year-old.
If Arsenal is unable to secure the signing of Yanga-Mbiwa then the club could well turn to Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez. The 20-year-old is said to be interesting Arsenal, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, according to TalkSport.
However, Martinez claims he has no plans to leave the side that finished midtable in La Liga this season anytime soon.
I am very comfortable here and want to stay for many years, he said, according to TalkSport.
Interest from the Premier League? I do not think anything of it. Everyone does their best every year and I know where I want to be for many years--with Real.