Will Arsenal add to their squad even after the signing of Gabriel Paulista?
Andi Foster breaks down the latest transfer rumours concerning Arsenal.
It's been a good week for Arsenal with the signings of Krystian Bielik and Gabriel Paulista. A major issue has been addressed within the squad with the signing of Paulista and whilst Bielik is unlikely to make an instant impact on the first team, his signing shows that Wenger is still willing to take a risk on young players with potential.
But as this is the transfer window, rumours still emerge from the tabloids and gossip websites linking Arsenal with moves for a number of players. Is there any truth in any of them though? Does Wenger have one more signing in him?
I've lost track of the number of Borussia Dortmund players that Arsenal have been linked with in recent times but up until this week Grosskreutz wasn't one of them. Then a website in Italy started running a story suggesting that Arsenal were interested in a £3.7m move for the German utility man and the British media started going along with it.
As far as I can tell, Dortmund haven't denied the rumour, but the initial Italian report said that they would be looking for more like £9m. So he could be available, but unsurprisingly at a higher cost than Arsenal are reported to have offered. Are Arsenal interested though? Well, he's a quality player that can play in a number of positions across the pitch, but he has ruffled a few feathers in the past. Depending on the price though, he could be a good asset for the club so I'd imagine that Arsenal are keeping an eye on the situation.
It's worth mentioning though that Grosskreutz is a Dortmund fan and with them struggling, it will be interesting to see if he would want to leave in the middle of the season with them close to the Bundesliga relegation zone. I've written more on Grosskreutz here.
You may have heard that Arsenal tried to sign Luis Suarez a few years ago. Well now, the Sun have decided that it's time to bring the story back from the dead whilst failing to mention at any point in their story that Barcelona are under a transfer ban. And while Barcelona may be able to sell players or not as part of their ban, any story that mentions the sale of a Barcelona player (especially someone like Suarez) without mentioning the ban or the fact that Barcelona wouldn't be able to sign a replacement isn't really worth the toilet paper that a journalist has scribbled the story on in the toilet. You can read my extended rant about this story here.
For those not familiar with him, Daniele Rugani is a 20-year-old tough tackling (yet composed) Italian centre half who plays for Empoli yet is co-owned by Juventus. He has been getting some fantastic reviews at the heart of the Empoli defence due to their 45% clean sheet record at home this season in Serie A (better than the teams place 3rd, 4th and 5th). So all in all - he could be a great signing. And that is exactly the problem.
Every top team in the world is on the lookout for new prospects, and Juventus are no different. Why would they let one of their own leave for one of their European rivals? The money on offer would have to be stupid and as much as Wenger has a record of signing young players - he has never dramatically overpaid for anyone (as he would have to do here).
To make it even more complicated - 3 clubs would be involved in the deal (Empoli, Juventus and Arsenal) and with that in mind; I just can't see this deal happening (now or in the summer). Arsenal will without question know of Rugani and will have been tracking him, but that's as far as this deal will get. More on this deal here.
I'll be back on deadline day to take apart some of the potential major stories.