Arsenal transfer news: Fabregas updates and Koscielny’s warning

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Cesc Fabregas, Laurent Koscielny, Etienne Capoue and Bacary Sagna.

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has suggested a Cesc Fabregas return to Arsenal this summer is not totally off the cards. Dein, whose son is Fabregas’s agent, has suggested that Arsenal will aim to strengthen their squad significantly this summer, and the 26-year-old midfielder could be a target if he is prepared to leave a Barcelona team where he has yet to really nail down a first team place.

However Fabregas himself has refused to comment on the stories linking him with a move away from Barcelona, insisting he is happy at the Spanish club. Manchester United are also reportedly interested in Fabregas, but Arsenal apparently have first refusal on the midfielder should he become available.

Another midfield target for Arsenal, Etienne Capoue, has said that he is looking to leave Toulouse this summer. The 24-year-old player has been a key figure for the French side in recent seasons, but now is looking for a new challenge, with Tottenham Hotspur also apparently keen on bringing him to the Premier League.

Capoue is rated at around £10million, and could be brought in by Arsenal as a replacement for the injury prone Abou Diaby. He is currently on international duty with France, and has said he will consider his future after June 10th.

Arsenal might need to sign one or two star players this summer just to ensure they keep hold of the key men already in their squad, with both Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny suggesting they could move on if the club do not show enough ambition.

Sagna has been dithering about a new contract for some time, with his current deal expiring next summer, but the news that Koscielny would consider leaving is more of a blow, with the French defender a crucial part of Arsenal’s team in the second half of last season.

One man who is not going to leave is Tomas Rosicky, with the Czech midfielder confident he will have a role to play at Arsenal next season. Rosicky, who only has one year left on his contract, had been linked with a return to his former club Sparta Prague.

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