Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Lukas Podolski nears exit; Fans want Victor Wanyama; 'Next Manuel Neuer' linked

A look at today's transfer speculation concerning the Gunners

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ARSENAL BOUND...

Edinson Cavani has been told he can leave Paris St Germain next summer according to reports in France today. The Uruguay international has failed to settle in Ligue 1 since joining from Napoli and is keen to move on. Arsenal have been strongly linked, although might have to pay up to £62m for the 27-year-old.

The Gunners are set for a tussle with Liverpool for Lazio player Keita Balde Diao according to the Daily Star. The 19-year-old has made 23 Serie A appearances and scored five goals for Lazio since joining from Barcelona, who allowed him to leave their youth set-up in 2011 amid concerns about his attitude.

The Independent recently reported that managerless Newcastle would not allow defensive midfielder Moussa Sissoko (pictured) to leave in January, however a report from L'Equipe today suggests the Gunners could get their man if they stump up £15m.

The form of Wojciech Szczesny has become a real concern of late which is leading to Arsenal being linked with goalkeepers. According to the Daily Mirror Mainz youngster Loris Karius is of interest. He's been billed as the next Manuel Neuer.

 

A £25m move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy is in the offing according to the Irish Independent. It's claimed that the Gunners have been paying close attention to the 24-year-old for the last three months and are now ready to make their move.

Arsenal fans have urged Wenger to move for Victor Wanyama. The midfielder was highly impressive during Southampton's 2-0 win over the Gunners on New Year's Day, leading fans to urge the manager to sign him up.

EXITS...

Inter Milan have made a "more serious" offer for Lukas Podolski, leading to suggestions he could be the first major transfer of the January window. Wenger laughed off a previous offer but revealed a better one has been received. The German World Cup winner has never been a favourite of Wenger's despite a healthy goal return.

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THE DEAL'S OFF...

Any hopes of signing Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, if they existed in the first place, have been dealt a blow after the £12m-rated midfielder revealed he wanted to stay where he is. The Frenchman has played a key role in Lyon's serious assault on the Ligue 1 title this season.

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