Report: Gunners drawn to Downing
Arsene Wenger has been surprisingly quiet in the transfer market so
far this summer, with the Gunners yet to show their hand. It is,
however, widely acknowledged that they will require fresh faces if
they are to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
They may even struggle to retain their top-four standing if they
fail to add, with a number of their rivals having been busy
bolstering their ranks. Downing has been identified as one possible
new recruit, and it is understood that a big-money offer was put to
Villa on Friday. The 26-year-old has hinted that he will be on his
way out of Villa Park in the near future, with contract talks
having been shelved. Liverpool are also keen on the former
Middlesbrough man, and it is believed that they remain the
favourites to secure his signature. Kenny Dalglish is, however, yet
to meet Villa’s asking price and Arsenal are hoping they can lure
Downing to the capital.