Transfer Rumours: Benzema dismisses Arsenal link, Gunners hold Fabregas talks and more

With the Premier League season only a week or so away, a crucial few days await for Arsenal in the transfer market, both with regards to players leaving and players arriving.

First of all, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has dismissed reports that he is ready to quit Spain to join the Gunners. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he rates the Frenchman, but no deal will be done according to the player himself.

Benzema said: “My future is in Madrid. I have not spoken with Wenger, nor any other leader at Arsenal. My target is clear – to continue here and to win trophies this season.”

Away from chasing the likes of Benzema, one of Arsenal’s biggest targets for this summer has been to keep Cesc Fabregas at the club. Well, there have been developments with this today.

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis is reprotedlty in discussions with Barcelona officials to discuss the deal, with Wenger wanting the sage concluded either way by the middle of next week.

The Arsenal boss wants to know whether he can pick Fabregas as his captain once again and whether the Spaniard will be involved for the Gunners in their Champions League qualifying matches.

Other transfer stories involving Arsenal include their pursuit of Valencia’s Juan Manuel Mata appears to have ground to a hault with Spanish club’s manager saying the player is not for sale.

Finally, Arsenal have made it clear that they want to sign an experienced central defender this summer.

They haven’t been successful in this regard so far and could face competition for latest target Chris Samba from rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Everything is very much up in the air for Arsenal at the moment. Players might leave, they might not. Players might join, they might not.

The only thing that can be said with absolute certainty is that the transfer gossip concerning Arsenal is showing no signs of slowing down.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.