The season hasn’t even ended yet but the transfer rumours for the forthcoming summer are already surfacing again, with Arsenal mentioned on a number of occassions as well. Obviously, some players will have to come in this summer, especially in midfield. Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky will most likely not have their contracts extended. It is also rumoured that Wenger has been asked to invest in the first team heavily this summer in order to be able to compete for the title next season. Here are the four players being linked with a possible move to Arsenal the most.
According to Sky Germany, Arsene Wenger has already met Granit Xhaka’s father recently in order to discuss a move away from Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss midfielder has been impressive in his performances for the Bundesliga outfit, and has already been linked with Arsenal earlier this year as well.
Former Arsenal player Lukas Podolski has told the press that Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder would be a perfect match for Arsenal’s style of play. Podolski was quoted: “I played for Arsenal for three years, with a special style of play with short passes, and Wesley is exactly that kind of player.” Wesley Sneijder will become 32 years old next June and if he still wants to make a move to the Premier League – something he has been linked with a lot in the past – this might very well be his last chance to do so. The Dutchman would bring a huge wealth of international experience to Arsenal’s side.
According to Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Müller, Mario Götze is ‘not satisfied’ with his current situation at the German record champions. Besides Arsenal, a number of other teams such as Liverpool have been linked with the German attacking midfielder. Müller was quoted saying: “I speak with Mario and think he is not 100 per cent satisfied with his situation at Bayern. But I am not Mario’s agent, so I am not going to speak about his future.”
Perhaps the most bizarre name mentioned in combination with a possible move to The Gunners is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Rumours have been mentioned earlier, but are getting stronger again. According to an article in Metro earlier this month, it appears the Swedish striker was offered to Arsenal as his contract with French giants PSG expires this summer. It is believed that Zlatan has expressed his desire to live in London, and agents believe that Arsene Wenger might be interested in adding the striker to his team. Zlatan is not the youngest anymore – and rejected a trial with Arsenal as a youngster – would provide a short-term solution up front. His salary might prove a stumbling block though, as Wenger is known for having a policy for not offering huge deals to older players, and also for not paying such numbers regularly.