Arsenal’s transfer pursuit for Fiorentina’s Dusan Velhovic has been a setback. Mikel Arteta may have to adjust his January strategies.
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Arsenal’s long-term pursuit for Dusan Vlahovic is one of the key stories this season’s January transfer windows.
Mikel Arteta spent the majority of the month trimming his squad in preparation for the run-in. He offloaded Folarin Balogun, Ainsley Maitland–Niles and Sead Kolasinac on loan.
Pablo Mari was the latest fringe player to be sent on loan as he moved to Udinese for his remaining season.
While Arsenal’s squad has been fine-tuning, Emirates chiefs were thinking of bringing Vlahovic to London. This would be a shocker for the Premier League.
Recent reports suggest that Arteta and his team may lose their efforts, which would be a significant blow.
All this and more in Friday’s Arsenal transfer roundup.
Villa eyeing Nketiah
Aston Villa has identified Eddie Nketiah as a player that could leave the Emirates this month.
According to The AthleticAccording to, the 22-year old has been spotted by Steven Gerrard with six months left on his contract.
Nketiah is also linked to Newcastle and Crystal Palace. He has scored five goals in eight appearances this year, including a hat trick against Sunderland during the Carabao Cup.
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Vlahovic to remain at the same place
After another stellar season for Fiorentina, Vlahovic is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers.
The 21-year-old scored 20 goals in 24 appearances, which has placed him on the radar for the continent’s greats.
Arsenal have been pursuing him for many months and reports in Italy over the weekend claimed they have submitted an opening bid of £50million plus Lucas Torreira, who is on loan at La Viola.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was offered a Saudi man to help the Gunners achieve their sensational transfer.
The Gabonese’s potential departure will make room in the squad and wage bill for Vlahovic, who is believed to be demanding a salary of £300,000 per week.
Arsenal’s transfer guru, however, has received a devastating update Fabrizio RomanoArsenal’s offers to the Serbian international have not convinced him.
Vlahovic plans to stay in Florence through the end of the season. Many clubs will then join the race for Vlahovic’s services.
Arteta facing midfield conundrum
Arteta will have to adjust his midfield recruitment plans following the demand from Juventus regarding Arthur Melo.
Sky Sport ItaliaThe Serie A club claims that the Brazilian will not be allowed to leave on loan unless the Gunners agree to a purchase obligation.
Arteta, technical director Edu and Leicester ace Youri Tilmans could be forced to look elsewhere for a new option in the park’s centre.
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