Since the conclusion of last season there have been escalating rumours emanating from Ligue 1 that Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, who helped the club to a domestic title, could be Premier League-bound, with Arsenal the favoured destination. However, according to Metro, the Gunners may turn to Stuttgart's target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.
Togolese targetman Emmuanel Adebayor, lambasted by Arsenal fans for his apparent languid and lazy performances last season is - according to a report in today's Evening Standard - on his way to Manchester City in a £25 million deal providing he passes the formality of a medical.
With Arsenal's transfer budget suitably fuelled with that financial windfall, Arsene Wenger may elect to plug the one position that has required filling since last summer; a defensive midfielder, but a £17 million move for Real Madrid outcast Huntelaar could also prove tempting if a Chamakh deal hits the skids.
Bordeaux were allegedly willing to listen to offers for their forward but, at the eleventh hour, signalled to the north London club that they wanted Mikael Silvestre to accompany any deal; an addition that Arsene Wenger was not ready to entertain despite the French defender's questionable performances in the first-team last season.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com