According to the Guardian.co.uk, Arsenal are lining up bids for Valencia’s Juan Mata and Everton’s Phil Jagielka.
Wenger is keen to now make an impression in the transfer market after fighting to hold onto want away midfield duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri for the majority of the summer.
Fabregas’s protracted move to Catalonia looks like it could be reaching its conclusion, and Wenger is willing to risk letting Nasri leave on a free next summer in order to retain his mercurial services for another year.
As the transfer window enters its final month, Wenger is plotting to move for the stellar signings the Arsenal faithful have crying out for.
An area which needs addressing more than any other in the Frenchman’s side is defence. Jagielka fit’s the bill perfectly, strong and imposing, the England international would add an air of certainty and genuine premiership experience to an otherwise fragile looking backline.
Having previously had a bid of £12m rejected by the Merseysiders, Wenger is believed to preparing an improved offer. Everton boss, David Moyes has previously declared that an offer £18m and upwards would be needed to convince the Toffees to part with their commanding centre-back.
With the cat and mouse game between Arsenal and Barcelona reaching its inevitable climax, the return Fabregas yearns for so much has forced Wenger into looking for a replacement of sorts.
Juan Mata is one of very few players who would slot effortlessly into Arsenal’s now favoured 4-2-3-1 formation. Equally as comfortable playing in a central attacking role or as a left winger, the Spaniard displays wonderful craft and possesses all the qualities Wenger places so highly.
A quick thinking, nimble magician of a player, the 23 year-old is the perfect age, although still relatively young, he still posses all the ability to make an impression on the side in the here and now.
Although Valencia are keen to hold onto their star man, the Spanish club have history of selling their star players, in order to keep their finances ticking over, an offer at least £20m may be needed to soften the blow of loosing their most prized asset.
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