Arsenal will reportedly go back in for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Two months ago the club had a £19 million bid for the 24-year-old German international rejected by Bayer - but after watching his stooges succumb to a humbling 3-1 opening day defeat to Aston Villa, Arsene Wenger realises he is in desperate need of new arrivals.
It comes as the clubs injury crisis also heightens, and they will be hoping to bring in the versatile German international before the end of the transfer window.
If Arsenal want to snap up Michu from Swansea, he will reportedly cost them a whopping £25 million. The Spaniard, who cost The Swans just £2 million from Rayo Vallecano last summer, is believed to have an agreement in his new contract which suggests that the Welsh outfit do not have to entertain the idea of selling him before that fee is met.
It comes as a deal to sign Luis Suarez sits dead in the water.
The good bloggers at Just Arsenal News have posed an interesting question. They wonder whether Arsene Wenger should move for Yann M’Vila again after the failure to sign Luiz Gustavo - who was man of the match for VfL Wolfsburg on debut yesterday.
With Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby injured, what was already a need for a defensive midfielder has become palpable. M’Vila has previously been avoided by Wenger due to his off-field controversies, but considering his pursuit of Luis Suarez, that should no longer be a problem.
The French international is said to want a move away from Russian football, where he is currently plying his trade for Rubin Kazan.
Finally, and Arsenal are rumoured to be back in for Manchester City defender MIcah Richards. The versatile defender is believed to be a prime target for The Gunners after their defeat to Aston Villa - but he will not be coming on the cheap.
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