Arsenal transfer news: El Shaarawy instead of Jovetic?

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Stevan Jovetic, Stephan El Shaarawy, Gilbert Imbula and Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal have joined the race to sign AC Milan wonderkid Stephan El Shaarawy, and could be prepared to match the Serie A club’s €35million valuation of the striker. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani recently indicated they would listen to offers for El Shaarawy, whose form at the San Siro dipped after Mario Balotelli arrived in January.

The 20-year-old still managed to score 16 league goals, and is viewed as one of the most exciting young players in Italian football. Manchester City are also reportedly in the hunt, but Arsenal could have the edge if they offer a straight cash deal for El Shaarawy, with City keen to include Carlos Tevez in negotiations.

However Manchester City might have an advantage in the race for another Arsenal target, with reports suggesting they will be given first refusal on Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. City have a good relationship with the Serie A side after last summer, when they struck a deal for Matija Nastasic that involved Stefan Savic move to Italy.

If this is the case, then if City meet Fiorentina’s £25million valuation of Jovetic, the 23-year-old could well move to the Etihad rather than the Emirates this summer.

Laurent Koscielny’s agent, Stephane Courbis, has said that the 27-year-old centre back is a target for both Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but the French player is likely to stay at Arsenal this summer. Koscielny was excellent in the second half of the season for Arsenal, and is apparently on both Bayern and Barcelona’s shortlist of targets.

Koscielmy said recently that he would be prepared to leave Arsenal if they did not offer him the chance to win trophies, but with the Gunners set to make waves in the transfer market this summer, the defender will likely be convinced to stay for another season at least.

Arsenal are apparently lining up an £8million bid for 20-year-old Gilbert Imbula, a defensive midfielder who helped his side Guingamp get promoted to Ligue 1 last season. Imbula is also apparently being tracked by Chelsea and Lyon after a fine season in Ligue 2, and is expected to leave Guingamp this summer.

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