Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier has dismissed reports that Arsenal have agreed a move for Matthias Ginter, and said that there had been no contact regarding the Under-21 international.
Saier also said that Freiburg had no intention of selling the 19-year-old, who can play in either defence or midfield, despite speculation linking Arsenal with a £6.1million move for Ginter.
Arsenal are keen to add some depth to their defence following Thomas Vermaelen’s injury, with the Belgian set to miss at least another six weeks, and Ginter’s ability to also play as a defensive midfielder could be useful as well.
Chelsea have Rooney their priority this summer, and have already had two bids for the striker rejected. However Arsenal might consider stepping up their interest in the 27-year-old after failing to find an agreement with Liverpool for Luis Suarez, and there is speculation Manchester United would prefer to deal with the Gunners over Rooney.
Rooney is said to favour a move to Chelsea, but would consider Arsenal, who United believe are not as much as a threat to the title race next season as the Blues. The Premier League champions would apparently also prefer to deal with Arsene Wenger compared to Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal are set to rival Tottenham Hotspur for Real Betis youngsterAlvaro Vadillo, who has been described as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’.
The 18-year-old has been linked with several top sides in Europe since making his league debut in 2011, when he became the youngest player to start a La Liga match.
Mikel Arteta has said that Arsenal need to make new signings to close the gap on their rivals at the top of the Premier League, and believes that the Gunners can look forward to some late activity in the transfer market.
"It will happen. I have no doubts about it. It takes time but I know the boss is working really hard on it and the board as well. It will happen, for sure. I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window,” he said.
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