The season is over and the World Cup has yet to start. You know what that means, right? Yes, it’s time for a whole lot of Arsenal transfer rumors! This week we are linked with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emil Forsberg, plus some French guy might move to Japan.
Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Lichtsteiner, Forsberg and Wenger’s Possible Future
The media linking the club with a move for Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. The 34-year-old joined the Old Lady in 2011 as a young man, and has really impressed in the past seven seasons. Even though Bellerin is still the undisputed first-choice on the right, this looks a smart move.
Lichtsteiner is still a few years from retirement and has tons of experience. So, he should be able to do a job when needed, plus help out with some valuable leadership for this young defense.
From the Evening Standard,
“Lichtsteiner visited Arsenal’s London Colney training ground and although terms have not yet been agreed between the Swiss captain and Arsenal there is optimism that a deal could be announced in the coming days.
Arsenal expect Lichtsteiner, who has won eight league titles over his career, to provide veteran leadership to their defence and envisage him as a squad player rather than a regular starter.
Lichtsteiner confirmed his departure after seven years in Turin earlier this month and has been keen to find a club where his family can feel settled.”
Sky Sports report that Arsenal are in talks with RB Leipzig star Emil Forsberg. The reported fee is £45 million, almost all of the rumored money that the club has to spend this summer. While they may need a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, nothing is certain on that front yet.
So, I would be surprised if they pulled the proverbial trigger on this deal unless talks have already broken down with the Welshman. No doubt he is a top talent, however.
Wenger to Japan?
The Daily Mail reckon that our man Arsène could find himself back in the land of the rising sun soon. Of course, Wenger did manage Nagoya Grampus Eight prior to joining Arsenal, so he is familiar with the country.
However, after 22 years in north London, and no real break from football before that, I personally hope Wenger takes some time off. After all, he is only human.
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