All the latest transfer news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.
Arsenal are said to be stepping up their contract negotiations with midfielder Tomas Rosicky - and not just because of his recent good form.
The Czech midfielder has been in great form over the past couple of months and the hierarchy at The Emirates want to offer him a new deal as his current contract expires at the end of the season.
However his expiring deal has also attracted the attention of European champions - and future Champions League opponents - Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola is reportedly a fan of the veteran former Borussia Dortmund midfielder and sees him as a cost effective way of improving his midfield options.
Rosicky is currently free to talk to Bayern, or any other non-domestic side due to being in the final six months of his contract.
Arsenal have continued to be linked with several goalkeepers recently. Victor Valdes, Marc Andre ter-Stegen and out of favour Real Madrid stopper Iker Casillas have all been mentioned as potential signings in the press,
But Arsene Wenger has spoken in glowing terms of current incumbent Wojciech Szczesny - making a marquee goalkeeper arrival very unlikely:
“Certainly a part of his improvement is mental because he’s more mature. His decision-making is cleaner, sharper, quicker. He was always a very talented boy but because he’s intelligent he learns quickly from experience. I’m happy that I always gave him the confidence because he’s developing very well into a very strong goalkeeper. Today certainly nobody would question that he’s one of the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League.”
Finally - and the familiar topic of Julian Draxler. The German international, who has a £37 million release clause in place for the summer, has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks - but yesterday saw Schalke general manager Horst Heldt deny any knowledge of his star player wanting a move anywhere:
“I am not aware that Julian would like to leave us, neither in the winter nor in summer. There is no question of a bid regarding Julian. At the end of it, it’s wild speculation, which takes place over there in England. The clubs would have to report to us if they were interested.”
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