Barcelona and Arsenal will go head-to-head over Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue according to reports in Catalunya, with suggestions that the 23 year old could be a direct replacement for the recently departed Seydou Keita. talkSport claim that defensive midfielder will cost £9.5m, which both Arsenal and Barca consider is a cheaper option compared to the more high-profile Yann M’Vila.
Napoli have begun negotiations with Arsenal over the transfer of defender Johan Djourou according to talkSport, with the Swiss defender set to leave the Emirates after 9 long years. Djourou has been used as a bit-part player by Arsene Wenger and the 25 year old is likely to seek greener pastures in search of first-team football. Although Napoli are yet to agree with Arsenal over the £6.3m price tag.
Arsenal’s woes in the off season appear to continue with young center backs tending to prefer a move to Spurs, who have a better recent history in that department than the Gunners. The latest to head player to be heading to the White half of North London is 18-year old Jamaal Lascelles of Nottingham Forest reports the Mirror.