Arsenal news and transfers LIVE: Dusan Vlahovic offer, £10m target, Frenkie de Jong twist
welcome to football.londonThe Arsenal live blog on Monday January 17.
The Gunners are gearing up for another busy week ahead, with the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on the horizon. Mikel Arteta could enter the team into their second final as manager, having already beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup final in 2020.
Off the pitch, we’re heading into another week of the January transfer window, with things starting to heat up across the board. Arsenal have been linked with a move for Arthur Melo for some time now, while Dusan Vlahovic is another who continues to be the subject of transfer rumors to the Emirates.
With all that said, stay tuned football.london‘The dedicated Arsenal live blog as we keep you up to date with all the latest Gunners news.
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According to Italian newspaper Corriere Fiorentino, Fiorentina are ‘so determined to consider offers of €70m (£62m) for Dusan Vlahovic this month but ignore the Serbian’s plans and those of those around him’ .
The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent days but time is slowly running out with the window closing in just over two weeks.
Arsenal will be allowed to examine the health of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by the country’s Gabonese football federation, according to The Independent.
The 32-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month and hasn’t featured since.
Everton are in talks with the Belgian FA for manager Roberto Martinez and assistant Thierry Henry, according to The Mirror.
The report claims the Toffees want to replace sacked head coach Rafa Benitez ahead of this weekend’s clash against Aston Villa and have identified Martinez as the ideal candidate.
Ian Wright has revealed he spoke to Arsenal target Djed Spence after Nottingham Forest beat the Gunners in the FA Cup.
Speaking on his Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright said: “I saw him after the game and said ‘listen, my friend. You’re on loan from Middlesbrough and I don’t know what happened there, because if you can’t come in from the Middlesbrough side I don’t know what’s wrong so I need to know all the story.”
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, according to recent reports.
The Mirror report that the Blues are considering Perisic as a potential signing at left-wing back given that Ben Chilwell is out for the season, with the Gunners and Spurs both also interested in the Croatian.
The Arsenal icon has urged his former side to make a move for Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins.
“Aston Villa are crying out for a superstar,” he told Sky Sports. “They have one (Philippe Coutinho). You don’t lose talent. You can’t teach that. It cannot be learned.
“This boy carried Liverpool, sometimes. It’s the way Steven Gerrard plays him, let the teams worry about him, rather than him having to track down an average player in his own box.
“But, if I was at Arsenal now, I would steam up trying to get Watkins. If I were Arsenal.
Chelsea and Barcelona are only £8m apart in their valuation of Frenkie de Jong, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.
The report claims that the Blues’ opening offer of £33m has been rejected, with the Blaugrana valuing the Netherlands international closer to £50m.
However, the report also states that the Catalan giants would accept a £41million offer given their current financial situation.
Transfer ban to Marseille
According to L’Equipe, Marseille could face a two-year transfer ban which could potentially impact Arsenal starlets William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi.
Both French youngsters are currently on loan at the Ligue 1 side, who could be banned due to their agreement to sign Pape Gueye from Watford in the summer of 2020.
Arsenal should finish fourth
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Arthur Melo Update
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, this week will be pivotal in Arsenal’s pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.
“There’s still nothing agreed for the Arthur Melo deal,” Romano said. “Next week will be key – Arsenal have decided to push again with Juventus, the loan has not yet been approved by Allegri.”
According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Arsenal could offer Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina on a permanent basis as part of a deal to bring Dusan Vlahovic to the Emirates Stadium.
Torreira is currently on loan at the Serie A outfit.
Injury to Liverpool
Liverpool could be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for their midweek clash with Arsenal in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The former Gunners midfielder had to be substituted in the Reds’ 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday afternoon before being taken off.
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Torreira key in Vlahovic transfer
On loan midfielder Lucas Torreira could be key to any Gunners move for striker Dusan Vlahovic.
According to Corriere della Sera, the Gunners have submitted a new offer for the Serb which includes Torreira becoming a permanent fixture at Fiorentina.
Arsenal linked with Championship youngster
Arsenal have been linked with a move for young full-back Djed Spence.
According to The Mirror, the Gunners are interested in a move that would cost them £10m to sanction.
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