Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi’s agent-cum-wife Wanda Nara has claimed Arsenal have made contact over a potential summer move, shortly after the club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio rubbished her earlier claims of the club being ready to offload him owing to financial reasons.

The Nerazzurri more than tripled his wages only in April 2015, and the striker is reportedly at £70,000-a-week. However, Icardi’s wife has been at a war of words with the sporting director in recent times, with the Icardis trying to engineer yet another hike.

Many reports suggest that Thomas Vermaelen is closing in on a summer move to West Ham United, but the Telegraph now reports that the former Arsenal captain is reluctant to sign a contract with the Olympic Stadium club as the player was informed that an approach from the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is imminent.

Arsenal are definitely in the transfer market for a striker; however, manager Arsene Wenger is seemingly keen to bring down a defender, simultaneously. Youngsters such as Kostas Manolas and Jeison Murillo have been linked; however, Wenger’s penchant for signing former players who left on good terms may see the Emirates Stadium club land the wantaway Barcelona centre-back in the upcoming days.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Alvaro Morata, especially in the wake of Real Madrid triggering the buy-back clause in his Juventus contract. With the Los Blancos allegedly willing to listen to offers for him, the Arsenal supporters believed the London club stood a real chance of bringing him down to Emirates Stadium this summer.

The fact that fellow competitors in Chelsea will not play Champions League football seemingly made the Gunners clear favourites for his signature, but a recent development means Arsenal may end up signing anyone but Morata this summer.

Arsenal have received many approaches for their much-maligned striker Olivier Giroud; however, they have scuppered the advances of the interested parties, according to Darren Lewis of the Mirror.

Many clubs were queuing up for the 29-year-old striker toward the end of the last season, and the Gunners seemed willing to listen to offers at that time. However, after a rather fruitful European Championship campaign with France, they have revised their stance, with the club announcing he is not for sale.

Arsenal have entered a transfer battle with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to secure the services of Koln left-back Jonas Hector to further strengthen their defence before the start of the Premier League season, according to Liam Spence of the Daily Express. Koln are believed to be willing to accept any offer in the region of £17m for the left-back, who is contracted to the RheinEnergieStadion side until 2018.

Although the murmurs have cooled down lately, either Nacho Monreal or Kieran Gibbs is expected to depart the Emirates Stadium club, with the former eyeing a return to Spain and the latter looking to revamp his stalled career.