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Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on David Villa, Stevan Jovetic and More

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager looks on during the Barclays Premier league match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2013

Arsenal figures to be a major player in the January transfer window as the Premier League chatter continues to heat up.

The Gunners are in talks with several strikers to give an extra scoring punch alongside newly-signed Theo Walcott. Not only that, but they are jostling for a No. 1 goaltender that could take their defense to an elite level.

Which rumors have you been hearing that actually hold weight? Scroll down for some interesting truths.


David Villa

Arsene Wenger has his eye on David Villa, who Barcelona is willing to part with for $10 million, according to the Mirror.

For a team looking to add a threat in the front, picking up one of the most decorated Spanish players in recent memory would help. He has 168 La Liga goals to his name and scored more World Cup goals than any other Spaniard.

Still, there’s a reason that Barca is willing to give up Villa at this point in the season. He has not been the same dynamic player since breaking his leg in December 2011. He may not ever get back to that form as he’s already at age 31.

Overall, probably a smart pickup for the Gunners, but a younger, healthier option would be more enticing.


Stevan Jovetic

It seems that Wenger has big dreams for the transfer window, as he has been discussing a $20 million dollar offer for Fiorentina’s Jovetic, per The Express.

The Serie A club originally said that Jovetic was untouchable, but we all know that every player has a price.

If Wenger can swing the prized striker from Italy, he’ll pull off a major coup as far as the Premier League is concerned. The Gunners are in a tussle for Champions League qualification and in range for the EPL title.

Picking up an illustrious striker would turn their front line into one of the leagues’ most feared. Jovetic has shown a knack for the goal early on, scoring eight so far in Serie A.


Julio Cesar

QPR is in dire need to get rid of one of their high-priced keepers. Enter Wenger’s Gunners, who have been looking for a No. 1 option to solidify their back line.

Cesar is no ordinary keeper either; in his seven years with Inter Milan, he merely took home five Serie A titles and a Champions League crown to boot.

Arsenal will likely have to bid for Cesar, as Manchester United looks interested as well. If they can take a player away from the team leading the Premier League table, that’s good for business.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter

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