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Thursday 20th June – Arsenal daily transfer rumours and news round up

Arsene Wenger’s determination to land a high-profile name finally paid dividends after the Real Madrid striker reportedly agreed personal terms with Arsenal that will see him earn in excess of£130,000-a-week at the Emirates, according to the Mirror. The transfer will break Arsenal’s previous record while also force the club to revise their wage structure. The Gunners have yet to agree terms with Real Madrid but the La Liga giants have already told the Argentine that he is free to leave the club this summer. Higuain’s move to Arsenal paves the way clear for Juventus to land Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, who was a priority target for Wenger. The Gunners are also scouting Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, French Under-21 star Gilbert Imbula and Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Arsenal may be prepared to break their transfer record and wage structure to sign Gonzalo Higuain but manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to pay £10millon for Swansea defender Ashley Williams, the Sun reports. Thomas Vermaelen’s uncertain future at the Emirates forced Wenger to target Williams and the Frenchman has been involved in a direct tussle with Everton for the Wales international. However, Laurent Koscielny’s desire to snub a move to Bayern Munich or Barcelona has allowed Wenger to breathe easy and the Arsenal manager is unwilling to pay Swansea‘s asking price of £10million. New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has identified Williams as a possible replacement for Phil Jagielka, who is tipped to join former manager David Moyes at Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger has finally been able to get rid of the unwanted players at Arsenal and the Frenchman could soon see Gervinho through the Emirates exit door amid interest from Marseille and Lyon. And the Metro reports that the Gunners have identified Lille forward Dimitri Payet as potential replacement for the Ivory Coast international. Newcastle and Marseille have also been credited with interest in 26-year old Payet but Arsenal hold the edge as they could offer Gervinho in an exchange deal for £15million-rated Payet.

Arsenal are reportedly tracking Levante winger Ruben Garcia and the Express understands that the Gunners have made preliminary checks on the 19-year old. Garcia notched up 41 appearances for the La Liga side in all competitions last season and has a £8.5million buyout clause in his contract. As Wenger prepares to spend the £70million at his disposal, the Arsenal manager has been targeting emerging talents like Garcia to go along with the established stars like Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini.

Italian side Napoli are the latest club, after Bayern Munich and Barcelona, reported to have become interested in Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny according to the Daily Express. Rafael Benitez, the club’s new manager, has identified the Frenchman as one of his key defensive targets for this summer and would like to make a move for the £13m rated defender after the transfer of Edinson Cavani, which would make them richer by at least £53m.

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is courting Borussia Dortmund sensation Robert Lewandowski on behalf of his club by commenting that the Pole would be a perfect addition to the Gunners’ team. The German International was quoted telling The Polish Times: “He [Lewandowski] would fit ideally into our team, Arsenal.” Arsenal haven’t really been in the hunt to sign Lewandowski, making one really wonder where Podolski’s comments have come from.