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Arsenal track Tranquillo Barnetta & Neven Subotic

Arsenal target Tranquillo Barnetta

Transfer Talk: Arsene Wenger could make a pair of rare forays into the transfer market

BY Bill Mann
LAST UPDATED AT 12:52 ON Fri 20 Nov 2009

Arsenal are running the rule over Bayer Leverkusen's midfield general Tranquillo Barnetta, the Daily Star reports, as Arsene Wenger considers his options should Cesc Fabregas succumb to the siren calls of his former club and return to Barcelona. Barnetta, a Swiss international, has been on Arsene Wenger's radar for some time now, and also attracted the attention of Everton's David Moyes. But the 24-year-old, who recently signed a new deal that will keep him at Leverkusen until 2012, would move if the club was right, according to a source close to the player: "It's true Tranquillo signed a new contract but that is negotiable if a big club comes in for him. Premier League clubs are interested in him and that's an exciting prospect. Tranquillo would love to play for a top club in England"...

Another new name in the mix for the Gunners is Neven Subotic, Borussia Dortmund's Serbian defender, the Daily Mail claims. The 20-year-old, who is valued at £15m, has recently penned a deal at the Bundesliga club that will keep him there until 2014, but with Arsene Wenger concerned that defensive stalwart William Gallas may be off at the end of the season, the Londoners may pull out all the stops to try and lure the Borussia man to the Premier League...

Chelsea are stalking Middlesbrough's in-form winger Adam Johnson, the star of the Teesside club's difficult return to the Championship to sate, and could be ready to offer £4m for him, according to the Daily Mirror. The former England under-21 international could then be loaned back to Boro for the rest of the season, a move that makes the Londoners' bid for him more attractive than rival deals on offer from Sunderland and Everton...

Roman Pavlyuchenko's miserable stay at White Hart Lane could soon be over, the player's agent has claimed, after a key member of AS Roma's hierarchy flew in to London to sound out the Russian striker. "It is true, yesterday Daniele Prade was in London to better understand the situation of Pavlyuchenko but we don't know the real intentions of the Giallorossi," said Oliver Wendt. "It is a feasible piece of business with Roma, but we need to see the needs of the two clubs in question. Roman would be willing to transfer to the Italian capital." Pavluchenko was signed by Juande Ramos for £13.8m, but has seen little action under new Spurs boss Harry Redknapp...

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