If this is true then Arsene Wenger must be wondering where to turn in his hunt for transfer targets to boost the Arsenal squad. Maybe his talk in recent years about there not being any players of sufficient quality available is actually true, or at least there are not any available to Arsenal for some reason.
It could also be the fact that the Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Frenchman with the Borussia Dortmund and Armenia international star Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the Celta Vigo and Spain striker Nolito were nothing more than rumours. If the Gunners were trying to sign these two players, however, it looks like we are going to be snubbed again, a la Jamie Vardy.
The Mirror is reporting that despite Dortmund insisting that Mkhitaryan is not for sale the attacking midfielder is set to secure a summer transfer to Manchester United after they increased their offer from £19 million to £28 million. The player himself is said to have set his heart on a move to Old Trafford despite previously talking in glowing terms about Arsenal.
We also have the Daily Mail reporting That Man City have beat us to the transfer of Nolito and with the 29-year old forward only costing €18 million because of a release clause and seemingly being a great fit for the Gunners, could this be the biggest blow of all?