Gossip: Arsenal may offer swaps in Vlahovic, Arthur pursuits

Gossip: Arsenal may offer swaps in Vlahovic, Arthur pursuits

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Arsenal have chucked in Lucas Torreira to sweeten the deal they’re offering Fiorentina for Dusan Vlahovic, while Juve could ask for a midfielder in exchange for Arthur…


Arsenal are very keen to get players in this month, especially since they didn’t have enough to fulfil their north London derby obligations yesterday.

Mikel Arteta would love to sign a centre-forward in the next fortnight rather than have to wait for the summer and the Gunners boss seems intent to land Dusan Vlahaovic.

The Serbia striker’s agents are said to be pushing their luck with Fiorentina, with La Repubblica claiming they are demanding £6.6million for their client to commit to a new contract plus 10 per cent of any future transfer fee.

Rather than cave to Vlahovic’s agents, Fiorentina would prefer to sell now rather than let the 21-year-old enter the final year of his contract.

Sensing their opportunity, Arsenal have reportedly offered £50million in cash and Corriere della Sera says they are prepared to chuck in Lucas Torreira too.

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Arsenal also need a midfielder or two this month and they have been heavily linked with Arthur Melo.

The Brazilian has been on the fringes of the first XI at Juventus but the Old Lady isn’t prepared to sanction an exit without a replacement being sourced.

Goal Italia says Arsenal will meet with Juve today and tomorrow in an effort to thrash out n agreement, with Sky in Italy suggesting that Thomas Partey could be used in a swap deal.


Liverpool and Manchester United are said to be sniffing around Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo.

The Uruguayan is in the final 18 months of his contract and renewal talks are not going well.

Which has led to Araujo being linked with United and Liverpool, with Sport claiming the Merseysiders have already been in touch with the 22-year-old.

Real Madrid are also credited with an interest, which is all a little too convenient for Araujo’s agents.


What of Newcastle? The weekend draw with Watford demonstrated the importance of new arrivals ASAP and their perilous position gives the Magpies increasingly little room for error in the market.

Saturday’s disappointment highlighted the need for at least one new centre-back. According to 90min, Sven Botman is unattainable due to Lille’s refusal to sell, but the Express reckons Newcastle are making progress in their pursuit of Sevilla’s Diego Carlos.

Eddie Howe has been looking to strengthen his engine room but the Telegraph says he’s been custard-pied by Donny van de Beek, who would seemingly rather stay on the bench at Manchester United than get involved in Newcastle’s relegation fight.

RMC Sport suggests the Magpies might look to bring some experience to their rearguard by moving for Keylor Navas. The 35-year-old has been sharing the gloves at PSG with Gianluigi Donnarumma but the Parisians are reported to be reluctant to let the Costa Rican leave.

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