Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners given Arthur boost as Vlahovic situation intensifies
Arsenal have allowed a number of players to leave on loan so far this month, but new arrivals now appear imminent as Mikel Arteta continues to reshape his squad
It’s been a case of more outgoings than incomings at Arsenal so far in the January transfer window, but that could all be set to change over the coming days.
The Gunners have so far allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma on loan and agreed to let highly-rated youngster Folarin Balogun gain some invaluable experience with Middlesbrough for the remainder of the season.
The Spaniard was expected to bolster his roster with a number of new faces this month, a striker being the undoubted priority, but as of yet, no signings of note have been made.
That could all be set to change, however, as Mirror Football bring you all the latest news coming out of the Emirates, including reports of talks with two midfielders.
Arteta given Arthur boost
As previously reported, Arsenal are currently in talks with Juventus over a possible loan deal for midfielder Arthur Melo, but the deal is done just yet.
Mirror Football understands that the Brazilian is keen to seal a deal as quickly as possible, having spoken to Arteta and been convinced on factors such Arsenal’s style of play, but an agreement is very much dependent on Juventus.
The Bianconeri will reportedly only allow Arthur to leave Turin if Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri can bring in a midfield replacement.
While this was initially viewed as a potential cause for frustration on Arsenal’s part, the Gunners have been boosted by the news Juventus are targeting a deal for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Arsenal have reportedly agreed to cover the whole of Arthur’s salary and will be hoping Juve can strike a deal for his replacement as soon as possible, in order to push through the signing.
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Rodgers quashes Tielemans transfer talk
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Another potential midfielder who may link up with the Gunners in the near future is that of Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.
As reported by GOAL, Arsenal have held exploratory talks with Tielemans’ agent as the Foxes ace faces a crucial decision over his future.
The 24-year-old has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the King Power and is not believed to be interested in signing an extension.
Despite the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United being tipped to make a move for Tielemans earlier in the campaign, it appears Arsenal are heading the queue having held initial talks over a summer transfer.
In spite of such claims, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has since issued an update on the Belgian’s situation, quashing suggestions of a move away.
“Clearly with a player of that quality, with the length he has on his contract, that’s always going to be of interest,” said Rodgers.
“But I can’t worry about that. I know he’s happy, I know he’s very concentrated and focused and we hope he will sign a new deal.”
Vlahovic situation intensifies
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The Dusan Vlahovic transfer saga has taken another turn as Arsenal continue to monitor the forward’s situation.
The Serbian striker is continuing to be heavily linked with a move to the red half of north London, however a deal appears difficult given Fiorentina’s demands.
However, the relationship between player and club seems to be growing increasingly strained as La Viola’s president Rocco Commisso has reportedly hit out at Vlahovic’s agents over their handling of the striker’s ongoing transfer saga.
According to the Financial Times, the player’s agency are demanding £6.67m to review the Serb’s contract and a 10 per cent stake in any future transfer fee from both Fiorentina and a buying club.
While admitting the Serie A club are “under active considerations as to what to do” with Vlahovic, a clearly irked Commisso blasted: “The more I live here, with this crazy sport, the more I realise how screwed up it is.”
But he added: “I won’t be screwed by the players.”
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