Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Luis Suarez, Ashley Williams and More

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIJuly 12, 2013

WIGAN, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool breaks past Paul Scharner of Wigan Athletic on his way to scoring his third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at the DW Stadium on March 2, 2013 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal is in the thick of the latest transfer news, as there is plenty of buzz surrounding the team.

Arsenal, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, has allotted £70 million to compete in the transfer market.

Despite the increase in funds, the Gunners have yet to make a splash. That's not for a lack of trying, as they are seemingly in on every available player.

What is the latest buzz on some of Arsenal's targets?

Read on to find out.


Bidding War for Suarez?

Arsenal is hot on the trail of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, but their attempts to lure him away from Liverpool will not come without competition.

According to Geoff Sweet of The Sun, Real Madrid is set to offer £40 million for the striker. This comes, according to Sweet, after the Reds denied a £30 million offer from Arsenal.

Now, Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph is reporting that Arsenal is set to increase their offer for Suarez, in order to compete with Real.

It's unclear if the increased offer will be enough to steal Suarez away. The Uruguayan, according to the Daily Mail, has made his interest in playing with Real and Cristiano Ronaldo clear. 

The Gunners will not suffer too much if they are unable to acquire Suarez. They are already stacked with attackers such as Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott.

And while Suarez is a star, scoring 30 goals and dishing out 11 assists with Liverpool, he does not come without questions. He is serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.

That said, Suarez is the kind of player who could take the Gunners to the top of the EPL. Arsenal finished 16 points behind Manchester United. They only finished five points out of second place, so adding a player of Suarez's caliber could help take them over the top.

It's a risk/reward move for the Gunners. They will have to decide if shelling out big money for a talented, yet hot-headed, player is worth it.


Ashley Williams

According to Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports, the Gunners are set to step up their pursuit of Swansea City defender Ashley Williams. The increased interest comes after a back injury to Thomas Vermaelen.

O'Rourke notes that, before the injury, Arsenal was turned off by Swansea's asking price for Williams, but now Vermaelen's absence certainly changes the calculus.

According to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, Williams is interested in making the jump to Arsenal. 

It seems like a good match—Arsenal needs defenders after Sebastien Squillaci was released and Johan Djourou left for Hamburg, and Williams wants to join the Gunners.


The Gonzalo Higuain Saga

Arsenal and Gonzalo Higuain have been linked for months, but the interest may not be there on Arsenal's side. 

According to Jack Lang of the Daily MirrorArsenal has yet to make an offer for the striker. Lang quotes Real Madrid's president, Florentino Perez, as saying that Arsenal has yet to even approach the team:

We don't want Higuain to leave. What's more, no-one from Arsenal has come to us and made us any offers at all for him. There are no offers on the table.

This is the latest turn in a saga that seems to have no end in sight. Last week, Sid Lowe of the Guardian reported that a deal between the two parties was imminent.

Lowe reports that Higuain is not happy with Real Madrid. If he were to finally move to Arsenal, he would play a starring role and would instantly upgrade the offense.

The 25-year-old scored 16 goals and added five assists last season with Real Madrid. He would be a nice consolation prize for the Gunners if they were unable to acquire Suarez. 

Whether a deal actually gets done between these long-rumored dance partners remains to be seen, but it would seem to benefit both sides. Arsenal needs a star to help them overtake Manchester United in the EPL, and Higuain wants a starring role.


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