Wenger waves red flag to lure Torres

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Fernando Torres in the red of Arsenal?. Don't adjust your sets, this is the latest in what promises to be another strange month of transfer rumours. According to the Sunday People, Arsene Wenger is keen to at least try and lure the Spaniard to the Emirates, should his attempts to sign Wayne Rooney or Gonzalo Higuain fail. It is believed Jose Mourinho has stamped his authority at Chelsea by only assuring five players of a starting position next season and it turns out Torres isn't one of them. That's given Wenger added impetus to pursue the Blues striker and while it is unlikely Torres and Rooney would line up alongside one another next year, Arsenal are toying with the idea of having Torres and Higuain as strike partners.

It seems the world's a stage at Manchester City and potential signings are flying in from all corners of the globe. The Sunday People claims Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is now atop Manuel Pellegrini's wishlist to replace the departed Carlos Tevez and the prospect of linking him up with former team-mate Jesus Navas is definitely alluring. City would be forced to pay a hefty release clause of £18 million if they want to secure Negredo, who has also attracted interest from Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

But the Daily Mail says Pellegrini has other ideas, with his South American roots beckoning him towards Brazil international Fred and Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo. The Benfica striker's agent recently claimed a number of Premier League clubs are circling for Cardozo, while Fluminense's Fred is being widely targeted after a successful Confederations Cup campaign. Both players are well within reach for City, although Pellegrini could favour a younger striker to offer a long-term deal.

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