Arsenal to begin spending spree with £10m Ter Stegen deal?
Gunners linked with a plethora of young European stars, as Monaco prepare Walcott bid
TEN million or take a hike. That's the message - sort of - from Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal. According to the Daily Star the Gunners have been told to pay £10.2m for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the German club's highly-prized goalkeeper. Barcelona are also known to have expressed an interest in the Borussia shotstopper but they've fallen short of the asking price despite Stegen allegedly signing a pre-contract agreement.
Now the Bundesliga side have made it clear to Arsenal that the 21-year-old gloveman could be theirs but only if they are prepared to cough up a little over £10m in readies. Barcelona could yet come back with an improved offer but the Star says the ball is now in Arsenal's court, which makes a change to their net, as has been the case of late.
Still with Arsenal, a club that is to transfer rumours these days what Sepp Blatter is to gaffes, and Talksport claims that the Gunners are at the head of a queue of European clubs chasing FC Basel youngster Fabian Schar. Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for the 21-year-old defender, who has grown in stature since joining the Swiss champions from FC Wil in 2012.
Talksport have it on good authority that the Gunners "have ramped up their interest in recent weeks" and could make an offer for Schar as early as January.
If that's the case it would seem to suggest that Thomas Vermaelen will be headed for pastures news in the New Year as he's already slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker this season. It's reported that Arsenal should move quickly for Schar, who has scored three times in four senior appearances for Switzerland, because several Italian and German clubs are also on his case.
And that's not all. The Daily Express gets in on the act by declaring that the Gunners are also gearing up for a £6m for for AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang. Wenger has courted the French striker before but failed to lure him to London when he left Caen two years ago.
News of the Gunners interest rounds off a clean sweep for Arsenal. They are now rumoured to be interested in signing all of AC Milan forwards, having previously been linked to Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alessandro Matri.
Think that's the extent of Arsenal's ambition today? Think again. Caughtoffside says that Wenger is soon to swoop for a trio of teenagers as he looks to build an Arsenal side for the future. The players in question are Patrick Olsen of Inter Milan, Feyenoord's Tonny Vilhena, and Jorginho of Hellas Verona, who would apparently cost a combined fee of £26m.
The 19-year-old Olsen is a Danish Under-21 midfielder, while Vilhena, 18, also a playmaker, has caught the eye while playing for the Dutch Under-21s and Feyenoord this season. Finally, Jorginho is a Brazilian-born Italy Under-21 star who has in the past been linked to Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan on account of his displays for Verona. Apparently his fee would be around £11m but such are his striking qualities that Wenger would have no hesitation meeting that sum.
So, who's going to shift out of the Emirates to make room for all the new arrivals?
Finally, on this Transfer Talk Gunners special, the Daily Mail says French giants Monaco are poised to make Arsenal a £34m offer for winger Theo Walcott in a couple of months. Despite the fact Walcott has not played for over a month because of an abdominal injury the tax-dodging Ligue 1 outfit will try to lure him out of the Emirates with the promise of a big pay hike. But the Mail adds that Wenger is unlikely to look favourably on the offer as he still retains faith in the inconsistent 24-year-old Walcott.