Transfer Rumors 2013 – Arsenal Trying to Sign Gonzalo Higuain, Ilkay Gundogan & Sven Bender

Is this going to be a special week for Arsenal, moving from transfer rumor kings to actual spenders? It’s unlikely that all the players they’d like will eventually end up with the club, but some think that the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuaiin from Real Madrid and Ilkay Gundogan & Sven Bender from Borussia Dortmund is only just a matter of time.

The good news, for some, about the financial situation and spending Arsene Wenger has been allowed to handle this summer has brought on even more rumors than before, and while Arsenal have been linked to plenty of promising youngster around Europe, there’s also the very good chance we’ll finally see them signing some more ready players, maybe even stars.

Ilkay Gundogan, Sven Bender

According to the Mail on Sunday, this week is going to be one big spending spree by the club, hoping to secure quite a few signings that they’ve been linked to for quite some time. First off will be Gonzalo Higuain, who is also chased by Juventus, but will most likely be added to a roster in the Premier League, with Arsenal keeping tabs on him for quite some time, and having more money than the Serie A champions have to spend.

The Argentina striker scored 19 goals in 44 matches for Madrid last season, but has been unhappy with being up for sale each and every summer, while not always being in the first-team plans of his manager, thinking that the Premier League will suit him just fine after seven successful years playing in the La Liga.

The Dortmund duo of Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender won’t be easy to get like Higuain. Dortmund have no intention of selling their best players, despite the ‘open market’ feel that began the moment Mario Gotze left to Bayern Munich, and the team lost in the Champions League final.

Dortmund won’t be in a rush to sell both players, with Gundogan signed until 2015 and Bender, the more defensive oriented of the two, signed until 2017. The two also play for the German national team, although they usually don’t start, but might seem like a sewn together package in the eyes of Arsenal, looking to completely revamp their midfield if that rumor is true.

In all, adding the three players will cost north of £60 million, almost the entire transfer budget for Arsenal this summer. While all three arriving sounds a bit far fetched, at least one of these names playing at the Emirates next season would be great news for those hoping to see the club starting to want more in terms of end-season success.

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