The future of Robin van Persie has taken another turn with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson making a "peace call" to his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in order to try and smooth over a deal, according to the Daily Mail.
United have emerged as the front-runners to sign the Gunners' want-away captain, but, with the new season just days away, no deal has yet been struck. Last week, Ferguson spoke of his frustration at his belief that Arsenal were trying to avoid selling to their long-term rivals.
With Van Persie reportedly having signaled his desire to move to United in preference to other suitors Manchester City and Juventus, for Arsenal it is fast becoming a straight-choice between sanctioning a move to Old Trafford or losing the Dutchman for nothing next summer.
According to the Mail, United are set to make an improved offer for the 29-year-old. While the Mail maintains that Arsenal will only sell to United for at least £30 million, the Sun claims that a compromise will be struck for £22 million.
If Van Persie does leave, Arsenal could move for a late replacement in the form of Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas. The Olympiacos star has been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Liverpool in recent months and now the 24-year-old has admitted that there has been contact from the Gunners.
When asked by Sky Sports News about whether he had spoken to Arsenal, Mirallas answered: "My manager [has]. Me? No."
He was then asked: "So it may happen?" to which he replied "Yes, it's good."
Mirallas also talked of following in the footsteps of international teammate Thomas Vermaelen.
"Thomas plays very good at Arsenal and now a lot of Belgian players are in the Premier League," he said.
"[Moving to England] it's good for me, it's good for my family and it's a good opportunity, but I don't know...it's possible."
Having previously been deployed on the right, Mirallas has flourished in a central striking role with Olympiacos since joining from St Etienne two years ago. Mirallas has scored 32 league goals for the Greek giants to lead the club to successive Superleague titles.
Wenger could also look to bolster his ranks before the close of the transfer window with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. Spanish publication Marca believes that Sahin is all-but certain to depart the Bernabeu on a season-long loan deal this week. Reportedly the only thing left to be decided is whether the Turkish 23-year-old joins Arsenal or fellow-suitors Liverpool.
According to Marca, Sahin favors a move to the Emirates while Real boss Jose Mourinho would prefer the player join Liverpool. Mourinho's relationship with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, established when the pair worked together at Chelsea, is said to explain the Portuguese manager's desire to see Sahin spend the season at Anfield.
While Arsenal wait on the future of Van Persie, a similar situation also persists for winger Theo Walcott. Like Van Persie, Walcott has just a year remaining on his contract. With talks on an extension showing no signs of progress, Liverpool and Chelsea are said to be interested. According to the Daily Star, Inter Milan are now also in the running should Arsenal decide to cash-in on the 23-year-old.