Arsenal made some big signings during the summer transfer window this year, most notably bringing in the duo of striker Gabriel Jesus and midfielder-turned-fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City. But as the Gunners lead the title race in the Premier League by two points, manager Mikel Arteta is expected to be backed again when the market opens in January, according to The Telegraph.
Archive for the ‘Arsenal Rumours’
It’s been a long time since Arsenal were linked with Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon, hasn’t it?
The 24-year-old (it feels like yesterday when we wrote about him as a 22-year-old) was indeed on Arsenal’s wish list in the past by all accounts, but the acquisition of Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid seemed to have put a stop to those stories for a while. Now, however, Aouar is in the final season of contract at Lyon, and it’s only natural for all sorts of rumours to be popping up, including the revival of those involving Arsenal.
Real Madrid were reportedly interested in signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City prior to his arrival to Arsenal but gave it up due to an alleged problem with his passport. However, latest rumours on the subject claim the 14-time European champions are continuing to monitor the Brazilian striker as he shines in an Arsenal shirt.
Apparently, Carlo Ancelotti, who openly ruled out any signings for his club in the January window, has made a list of five players he wants to see in his ranks in the near future. Jesus is on that list, as are Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies, young Palmeiras striker Endrick (only 16), Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez and 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Piero Hincapie.
Arsenal have recently been credited with interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk, a 21-year-old winger who predominantly plays on the left attacking flank. And speaking to Italian publication Calciomercato, Carlo Nicolini, the deputy of the sporting director of the Ukrainian club, has confirmed there has been concrete interest from the Gunners, as well as Manchester City.
Mudryk is quickly becoming one of the most coveted young players in Europe, and it is believed that his value in the eyes of Shakhtar now exceeds the amount Manchester United paid to sign Antony from Ajax near the end of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal have been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka. The 23-year-old centre-back, who can also play as a left-back if needed, is in the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga club and there doesn’t seem to be any indication that he’ll be signing a new one. The situation is unsurprisingly interesting for many clubs across Europe, as Fabrizio Romano says, not only in England.
“I’m aware that there’s been some speculation about Arsenal being interested in Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka,” the Italian transfer expert told Caught Offside.
Arsenal have reportedly entered the race for Brazilian talent Endrick Felipe. The other contestants for the signature of the 16-year-old include Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Endrick currently plays for Palmeiras, where he rose through the academy ranks, and having earned first-team promotion this summer, the young striker has so far only played twice at senior level. He is yet to score a goal, but playing for the Under-20s, he scored six in seven matches and he’s obviously rated very highly.
Fabrizio Romano has put out an interesting new video where he talks about certain rumours and behind-the-scenes discussions involving Arsenal. The two topics the Italian transfer specialist covers there are technical director Edu and, unsurprisingly, Bukayo Saka.
The Gunners appointed their former midfielder into the role in July, 2019, in a very difficult moment. His first real task was to try and make sense of the situation that was the work of the trio of Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi, and steer the club in the right direction from thereon. Arsenal had just lost the Europa League final to Chelsea and their hopes of returning to the Champions League were dashed, and a couple of months later, Unai Emery was sacked and Mikel Arteta appointed.
Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Albert Sambi Lokonga from Arsenal. That is according to Calciomercato, who also claim the Bianconeri are considering proposing a straight swap deal with Weston McKennie going the other way.
The Italian outlet believe such a deal would be beneficial for both sides, with Juventus getting the player they want and Arsenal getting a player with higher value in the market in return.
Arsenal have been linked with Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers as they seek to add a high-quality alternative to Thomas Partey as the deepest-lying midfielder, but so have other clubs, including Barcelona who are believed to be on the hunt for a long-term successor for Sergio Busquets.
But now, according to Spanish outlet Todofichajes, Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has decided Neves simply doesn’t have the characteristics the former Blaugrana midfielder wants in a player for that position. Therefore, he has instructed Mateu Alemany, the Catalan club’s sporting director, to seek for alternative targets. Alemany’s job has recently been made even more difficult as Martin Zubimendi, also on the radar of Barcelona, signed a new contract with Real Sociedad.
According to 90min, Arsenal are one of the clubs on the ever growing list of those currently monitoring the situation around Olympique Lyon right-back Malo Gusto.
At the age of 19, Gusto has been impressing with excellent performances in Ligue 1, most notably putting in a fine display to stop Neymar in his team’s 0-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in September. Having risen through the youth ranks at the Lyon academy, he hasn’t scored for the first team yet, but he has penciled in six assists in 48 matches in all competitions so far.