Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner believes the Gunners should stay away from signing Marouane Fellaini this summer. The Belgium international is likely to be available on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month and this has generated talk of the Gunners pursuing his signature.
However, speaking to ESPN, Mariner does not feel the Belgian would fit the scheme of things with his former club, who have mainly adapted to the possession-based game which involves plenty of passing, he said: “Fellaini to Arsenal, how does that make me feel?. Not great. I don’t get excited about it.
Arsenal are considering a loan move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, the Mail Online understands.
The Gunners currently sit on top of the Premier League with sixteen points taken from twenty-one available, but Wenger remains keen on strengthening his squad.
Marouane Fellaini is keen to join Arsenal in a deal worth £100,000 per week, though the Gunners are reportedly having doubts over the cost of the deal.
Whilst the club are keen on securing the Belgium international’s services, the Daily Mail reports that the cost, which could amount to around £50 million, may be considered to be too high.
French club Marseille are interested in taking Arsenal forward Gervinho on loan, the Metro understands.
The 26 year old has largely failed to live up to expectation since arriving at the Emirates in 2011, scoring just nine goals in forty-six league appearances over the last two seasons.
Arsenal have activated a release clause in Marouane Fellaini’s Everton contract, ESPN understands.
The Belgian midfielder can reportedly leave Goodison Park for a side in the Champions League for £22million, while teams outside of Europe’s elite competition must offer an extra £2million.
The 25 year old has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks, though the Gunners appear to have stolen a march on their rivals.
Fellaini was Everton’s top scorer last season, with eleven goals in thirty-one Premier League appearances.
Meanwhile, the clubs chief executive Ivan Gazidis has revealed that the club could afford to move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, after he claimed the club are entering a new “escalation of financial firepower”.
The Mirror reports that Gazidis went on to hint that Arsene Wenger could be offered a new contract at the Emirates, after declaring that he hopes the Frenchman wants to “do what he is doing for the long term”.
Finally, Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move for Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.
The 27 year old is the latest centre-back to be linked with the Gunners, following talk that a deal may be agreed for Swansea City and Wales captain Ashley Williams.