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Arsenal to make bid for Schneiderlin, Arda Turan coming to England, Cazorla's off and Ben Davies heading to Spurs...

Last Updated: 30/06/14 at 09:16 Post Comment

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There aren't too many players that haven't been linked to Arsenal this summer, but Morgan Schneiderlin is a name that certainly seems to fit the bill. He is a central midfielder comfortable on the ball and therefore able to replace Mikel Arteta, he's French, he has Premier League experience and is just 24. Given that fact that every other player seems intent on leaving Southampton this summer, what's another man jumping overboard?

The Daily Mirror run the story, claiming that Arsenal will look to make a bid in the region of £20million, whilst Ronald Koeman will be aiming to offer Schneiderlin the captaincy in order to persuade him to stay at St Marys.

One thing is for sure, with Arturo Vidal, Sami Khedira (The Sun mention that one today) and Lars Bender also all mentioned in recent times, Arsenal fans are going to be sodding angry when they end up with Abou Diaby starting the first game of the season.

Despite Atletico's incredible success last season, this is not a club with a limitless transfer budget this summer, and the Daily Express report that, despite the impending sale of Diego Costa, the Madrid club are also looking to offload Arda Turan this summer.

Turan's agent has already claimed interest from England this summer, although his £33million release clause might be slightly ambitious.

Meanwhile, the whole reason for Atletico's sale would be to fund a move for Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, who they believe would be allowed to leave Arsenal for around £18million. Perhaps we are being fools (again), but given that Turan had a far better season than Cazorla last time around and is over two years younger than the Spaniard, why on earth would Atletico be so keen on such a deal?

In a deal that appears to be gaining pace, the Daily Mirror report that Spurs and Swansea have agreed on an £8million fee for left-back Ben Davies.

With Jan Vertonghen a non-natural in the position and Benoit Assou-Ekotto firmly out in the cold, Danny Rose remains Spurs' current first-choice left-back - don't shout at us for being entirely unimpressed by that.

Davies, however, has impressed hugely during his time in the Premier League, and would become Mauricio Pochettino's first signing since arriving at White Hart Lane. The player is thought to be understandably keen on a switch.

Manchester United's move for Thomas Vermaelen is on the verge of completion... Tom Ince is set to complete his move to Hull... Brazilian club Sao Paulo are claiming a deal to take Kaka from AC Milan on loan... West Ham have agreed a deal for Nice's 22 year-old defender Timothee Kolodziejczak.

Happy with the Ben Davies rumour! A real, actual left back. Last time we signed a Welsh left back it worked out alright.
- orikoru

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