Arsenal transfer news: £8.5m defender linked and Real back in for Suarez?

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A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal including Luis Suarez, Ashley Williams and Gervinho.

Following confirmation from Arsene Wenger that Arsenal are continuing their attempts to sign Luis Suarez, reports this morning claim Real Madrid will move for the Uruguayan as soon as they tie up a deal for Gareth Bale.

A few ifs, buts and maybes in that one, but it seems Arsenal may miss out on yet another striker this summer, following the disappointments surrounding Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain.

Previous reports have suggested the Liverpool striker is holding out for a move to the Bernabeu. But following Arsenal’s £40million-and-loose-change offer, he is said to be considering legal advice over the Reds’ refusal to allow him to move to the Gunners.

The BBC have quoted sources close to the player as saying the striker will either make a formal transfer request or possibly take court action should he not be allowed to leave.

Does he have a point, or is it a case of a very rich man throwing some very expensive toys out of his pram?

One forward seemingly on his way out of the Emirates is Gervinho.

Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini has flown to England to finalise an £8million deal that will take the Ivorian striker to Serie A after just two years in London.

Someone consistently linked with a move to the Emirates is Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.

It is being reported that Wenger sent scouts to watch the Swans’ captain in their Europa League win over Malmo last week. And with injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal, Wenger is keen to strengthen in defence.

Williams would be an outstanding and risk-free purchase. However as Swansea continue their evolution it is unlikely Michael Laudrup will sanction a move this late in the summer.

The report claims Swansea would be willing to sell for £8.5million. But unless Laudrup has another (cheap) rabbit up his sleeve, Arsenal may need to look elsewhere for their defensive reinforcements.

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