Matteo Guendouzi is set to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis after an obviously fruitful spell with Olympique Marseille in 2021/22. As revealed by a number of sources, the Gunners should receive around over €11 million (£9.3m) for the player whose contract would otherwise run until the summer of 2023.
Lucas Torreira has revealed, or rather confirmed what the whole football world guessed, that he wants to leave Arsenal and join Fiorentina on a permanent transfer this summer.
The Uruguayan midfielder knows the Italian game very well, having joined Pescara at the Under-19 level and earned first-team promotion there in 2015. He also played for Sampdoria, before moving to the Emirates in 2018 for a reported fee of around £25 million. Unai Emery had just succeeded Arsene Wenger as the Arsenal boss and he seemed rather keen on Torreira anchoring his midfield section.
Arsenal and Fiorentina are currently discussing the necessary details to turn the current loan deal for Lucas Torreira into a permanent one at the end of the season, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Torreira arrived at the club from Sampdoria in 2018, when the team was still run by Unai Emery, but since Mikel Arteta took the reigns, the role of the Uruguayan midfielder diminished by the week, until he was eventually loaned out to Atletico Madrid for the 2020-21 season. There was still no place for him in the team when he came back from the Spanish capital last summer and he quickly moved on to Fiorentina.
There has been talk lately about the apparent uncertainty when it comes to the future of Bukayo Saka, with the winger said to be willing to consider moving away from the club unless the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League. Come the end of this season, the winger will have two years remaining on his contract, and though the club are believed to be keen to reward his recent contribution with improved terms and prolonged deal, Saka himself is just as cautious about recommitting as he was in the spring of 2020, when a long saga ended with him signing his current contract.
Arsenal’s attempts to reinforce their ranks this summer certainly cannot be said to be going the right way up to this point. Desperately needing a striker, the club reportedly held a strong interest in Dusan Vlahovic, but the Serbia international seems to have chosen Juventus as his destination, following Fiorentina’s decision to accept a €75 million bid from the Old Lady.
As for the midfield section, the need to add some proper cover or competition for the duo of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka is obvious, and the club were said to be involved in talks with Juventus over Arthur Melo, and to have expressed an interest in Olympique Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes.
Arsenal have been credited with strong interest in signing Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina this month, but it seems the Gunners are now set to fail in their pursuit, with Juventus close to reaching an agreement to acquire his services.
Some reports in Italy even went as far as to claim that Arsenal had a bid of €80 million accepted by Fiorentina, but they also said Vlahovic himself was not keen to leave his current side halfway through the season when they’re fighting to finish in the top six.
Arsenal continue to put strong effort into signing both Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus and Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina on a permanent deal, according to numerous sources. However, neither deal represents straightforward business, and various complications are the reason why neither has made the switch yet.
The Gunners want Arthur on a straight loan for the rest of the season and nothing more. On the other hand, Juventus are only prepared to let the midfielder go if they secure a proper replacement (they’ve been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria), as head coach Massimiliano Allegri feels he needs a reliable midfielder outside his regular starting XI.
Arsenal are trying hard to work out a deal to sign Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina this month, but according to Miguel Delaney of the Independent, the Serie A side are demanding £75 million for the services of the Serbian striker. Arsenal are proposing a structured deal, but Fiorentina aren’t interested in anything else than the full fee being paid straight up.
One of the most sought-after players currently in the market, the Serbia international has 16 Serie A goals in just 20 appearances this term, numbers identical to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who tops the Premier League goalscoring chart at the moment.
Arsenal are still interested in signing Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina this month, according to Sky Sports, and they would be willing to push for a deal if it proves financially viable, despite the Serbian striker looking likely to remain in Florence for the rest of the season.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted recently his squad is looking rather thin in the striker department, which is quite obvious, really. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently at the African Cup of Nations and his status at the club still to be decided on later, and with the contracts of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah approaching their mutual expiration date at the end of the season, the horizon will continue to look very dark unless new signings are made soon.
According to Sky in Italy, Arsenal have opened talks with Fiorentina about a potential move for Dusan Vlahovic, but as things stand at the moment, the Serbian striker is not interested in joining the Gunners. Juventus are interested as well, but that deal seems even less likely, with the Old Lady unwilling to meet Fiorentina’s asking price, or the commission Vlahovic’s representatives are asking for.