As the fall-out from Robin van Persie's announcement that he won't be signing a new contract at the Emirates rolls on, Arsenal continue to look at ways to strengthen their squad.
With Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud already signed up, the Gunners have been linked with another move to bolster their attacking options. Alan Dzagoev made one of the biggest impacts of any player at Euro 2012, as he hit three goals in as many games for Russia. It is no surprise that since the competition, he has been mentioned in connection with a big-money move to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.
Ibrahim Afellay may be seen as a replacement for Theo Walcott, who has just 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract.
According to TalkSport, however, Dzagoev's club CSKA Moscow will resist selling the 22-year-old attacking midfielder this summer. Dzagoev is believed to have been valued at around £15 million.
If Arsenal cannot push through a deal for Dzagoev, they could instead turn their attentions to Ibrahim Afellay. The Express claims that Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of the Dutch wide midfielder, who could now be made available by Barcelona. The story claims that the Catalan giants are eager to raise funds to sign Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez and could accept a bid of £6 million.
Afellay arrived at the Camp Nou from PSV Eindhoven in January of last year. His career at Barcelona looked promising as he made a positive impact toward the end of the 2010-11 season, with an assist in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid. Last season, however, the 26-year-old Netherlands international suffered a serious knee injury forcing him to miss most of the season.
Contary to recent reports, it appears that Arsenal won't be making a move for Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia. Having for so long been linked with a move for Yann M'Vila, speculation in recent days had suggested that the Gunners were turning their attentions toward M'Vila's 22-year-old teammate Doumbia.
Such stories look to have been wide of the mark, with French publication L'Equipe claiming that West Brom will wrap up a deal for the Mali international imminently.
Of course, with every new day there is further speculation about the future of Van Persie. The Daily Mail reports that Arsene Wenger still holds out hope of persuading the Dutch forward to have a change of heart and sign a new deal with the Gunners.
According to the story, Wenger is desperate to sit down with Van Persie in the coming days to resolve the affair one way or another before it casts a shadow over Arsenal's entire summer as the moves of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri did this time last year.
Reportedly, if Wenger is unable to convince last season's Premier League top scorer to stay then he will sanction a swift sale.
The Sun claims that Manchester United are still very much interested in the 28 year old. However, with Manchester City set to free up space on their wage bill with the imminent departure of Emmanuel Adebayor, they would seem to be in pole position. Arsenal are thought to want the matter cleared up before they head off on their pre-season Asia tour, which gets underway with an encounter with a Malaysia XI on July 24.
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