Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Ramsey replacement found, Gunners eye stunning striker move

The January transfer window may have been and gone, but already attention has turned towards the summer and Arsenal are being linked with a number of different players.


There may still be plenty to be decided this season, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill getting into full swing ahead of the summer transfer window.


And below, we take a look at the latest transfer rumours surrounding Arsenal and possible incomings in the summer. 
 


Steven N'Zonzi 


Reports in Italy suggest that should Arsenal move for Monchi, the Roma director of football could bring Steven N’Zonzi with him to the Emirates Stadium.


The Italian club are hoping to revolutionise their squad in the summer, but will need to raise funds to do so. And despite becoming a key part of the team this year, N’Zonzi is one of the names linked with an exit by  Calciomercatonews .


The rationale behind it is that he’s an ageing midfielder, and his value is only likely to drop from now on, so they might as well try to get the most money they can squeeze out of him.


Steven Nzonzi with Monchi after joining Roma in 2015. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

And having brought N’Zonzi from Sevilla to Roma, Monchi could take the Frenchman to London if he makes the move, where Unai Emery is a big N’Zonzi fan.


Spurs are also said to be of interest to N’Zonzi, who apparently is keen on a return to the Premier League, following his successful spell at Stoke City.


 

Houssem Aouar


Barcelona have been ‘seduced’ by Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who Arsenal are also keeping tabs on.


The 21-year-old has had a great season in Ligue 1, and will be facing Barca in the Champions League last 16 - and according to  L’Equipe via Sport Witness  the Spanish club are keen on making a move.


Houssem Aouar facing AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League in February 2017. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

The Catalan giants have reportedly already begun contact with his agents, though with his contract set until 2023, any move would prove expensive.


The Gunners see Aouar as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey, though they are also tracking Adrien Rabiot, as are Barcelona.


Ever Banega



Arsenal are reportedly ready to open talks to sign Ever Banega in the summer.


Unai Emery is a big fan of the midfielder, having worked with him previously at Sevilla and Valencia, but attempts to sign him in January could not be pursued due to a lack of funds.


Ever Banega (Image: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Banega’s buy-out clause is around £17m, but the midfielder will turn 31 before the start of next season. Added to the £18m option to buy Denis Suarez in the summer (which Arsenal will presumably take), this would not leave much room for other reinforcements should the Gunners fail to make the Champions League.


However, it is being reported that Emery sees Banega as the man to replace Aaron Ramsey in the summer, according to the  Mirror .


 

Che Adams


The Gunners are one of a number of Premier League clubs to have been linked with a shock swoop for Birmingham City striker Che Adams.


The Birmingham Mail reports that Arsenal, along with north London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United, are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, who has shone in the second tier so far this season.


Celtic, Southampton and Watford have also been linked, while Burnley were understood to have had bids turned down for Adams on transfer deadline day.


Che Adams of Birmingham City has been linked with several different clubs. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images

It is no surprise that there is interest, with Adams netting 19 goals in 32 games so far this season, including three hat-tricks.


He does have three years left on his current contract with Birmingham, and both the player and his manager Garry Monk have reiterated that he is committed to the Blues.


But with uncertainty over FFP and how Birmingham might be affected, all interested clubs will be monitoring the situation closely ahead of the summer.


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