Arsenal could seal a bargain transfer deal for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar. According to The Daily Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson, the Gunners will bid £1.5 million for Cesar after the Confederations Cup.
The 33-year-old will lead Brazil out in the final of that tournament against Spain. Arsenal are expected to confirm his switch to North London after that, at the start of next week.
This is not the first time Cesar has been linked with Arsenal. At the end of May, Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb, claimed a contract had already been agreed.
Bookies Sky Bet even suspended betting on the transfer at the start of June. Since then rumors of Arsenal's interest in Cesar have cooled.
Arsenal want to pluck another young talent from the FC Barcelona academy. Reports in The Daily Star, claim the Gunners want to sign young forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Deulofeu. He tried to sign him on a permanent deal two summers ago.
In July, 2011, The Daily Mail reported that Barcelona were resisting Wenger's attempts to snatch Deulofeu in the same way he had Cesc Fabregas.
Eventually the Catalan giants won the fight to keep Deulofeu. Now they appear anxious for him to gain some valuable experience of first-team football in a top league.
He was a star for the Barca B team last season. Deulofeu scored 18 goals and showcased a breathtaking array of skills.
Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Lyon attacking midfielder Clement Grenier. French newspaper Le10 reports that Lyon turned down a €10 million offer from the Gunners.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has previously declared his interest in Grenier, according to ESPN.co.uk. The young midfield schemer is a classic Wenger transfer target.
He is a cerebral and versatile playmaker, and plays with a natural quality and near-flawless technique. Wenger has often indulged his fondness for creative, passing attacking midfielders.
The likes of Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas were major successes in this role. Samir Nasri and Aleksandr Hleb were also key performers, albeit for shorter periods of time.
Wenger still bases Arsenal's style of play on quick and intelligent pass-and-move football. Grenier perfectly fits that style. He can play on the flanks or in the middle, offering the kind of fluidity Wenger demands in midfield.
Gonzalo Higuain's proposed transfer to Arsenal is reportedly back on, just hours after an agent for Real Madrid denied a deal had been reached. Now The Times,(subscription required) citing reports in the Argentinean press, claim Arsenal have agreed a four-year deal to sign Higuain.
Those reports suggest Arsenal will part with a fee of around £22 million and Higuain will be paid £115,000 per week. That supports previous reports in Spanish outlet AS, that quoted that same figure as the Argentina international's proposed wages at Arsenal.
The back-and-forth to this transfer rumor is becoming bizarre. The press in three different countries seem unable to decide if the deal is on or off.
Arsenal's long-running transfer saga with Gonzalo Higuain has taken another turn, as an agent for Real Madrid has refuted reports the Gunners have agreed a deal to sign the Los Blancos forward.
Reports in Spanish publication AS, claimed both a fee and personal terms were agreed to take Higuain to North London. That report was later picked up by most of the UK press, including The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror.
But Higuain's agent, Ernesto Bronzetti, has poured scorn on these promising rumors. Bronzetti told Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.com, that no deal has been completed.