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Arsenal interested in Gelson Martins 0

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Despite all the talk of turmoil because of the managerial change and reportedly low funds available for new signings, it looks like Arsnenal are off and running when it comes to this summer’s transfers. They have confirmed the arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner form Juventus, they have agreed deals for Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Lucas Torreira from Samdoria, they are in advanced talks to sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen. On top of all that, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has just signed a new contract.

And now, according to Sky Sports, the Gunners have joined the race to sign Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon.

Does Joel Campbell still have a role to play at Arsenal? 2

Posted on August 20, 2017 by David Nugent

It seems that Costa Rica international forward Joel Campbell is returning to England and Arsenal. The Winger could be sidelined for up to six months through a knee injury picked up while away with his national side.

The injury has prevented the 25-year-old leaving the club this summer, with his contract expiring next summer. Now some Arsenal fans are talking about Campbell as if he could save their season. The scenario seems far-fetched, but it does beggar the question could he have a role to play at Arsenal this season?

Decent and has potential

Arsenal reportedly chasing Sporting Lisbon duo 0

Posted on July 04, 2017 by David Nugent

According to reports from Portuguese Publication A Bola, Arsenal are set to make a double swoop for Sporting Lisbon pair William Carvalho and Gelson Martins, who are believed to be valued at £70million.

According to a Daily Star report, Arsene Wenger is hoping to tie up a quick deal for the Portuguese international pair.

Pair are highly rated

Both Carvalho and Martins are highly rated throughout Europe. The Gunners have been reportedly interested in signing defensive midfielder Carvalho for the last few years. However, most of Europe’s top clubs have been linked with moves for the 25-year-old.

Joel Campbell set for Sporting loan move 0

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Arsenal forward Joel Campbell looks set for another loan move away from the club. Reports are suggesting Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon will be the destination for the Costa Rican as game time hasn’t been guaranteed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Campbell broke through in the first-team last season, making 19 Premier League appearances, scoring and creating five goals, but he’s been omitted from the squad this campaign. His performances were promising for a time in 2015/16, and with Arsenal short on attacking options, it will bemuse many supporters why Campbell has once again not been retained.

Arsenal in bid for Sporting’s Islam Slimani 0

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to A Bola, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani this summer. The 28-year-old enjoyed an outstanding season in the Portuguese Liga, and is attracting the interest of a number of clubs as a result. Arsenal are keen to bolster their attack after having failed in their bid to sign Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, and Slimani could be available for €30M.

Arsenal handed boost in Carvalho bid 0

Posted on November 14, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal have been handed a boost in their reportedly chase of Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, after talks over a new contract with the Portuguese club broke down.

Carvalho has been mooted as a possible Arsenal signing for a long time, especially before the emergence of French midfielder Francis Coquelin. However a deal looked unlikely as Carvalho looked certain to sign a new long-term deal with sporting, in turn putting up his price in the transfer market.

William Carvalho on Arsenal’s radar again 0

Posted on July 02, 2015 by David Nugent

The Metro reported yesterday that Arsenal sent scouts to watch Portugal midfielder William Carvalho at the under-21 European Championships.

The 23-year-old has long been heralded as the answer to Arsenal’s defensive midfielder problem, even before the emergence of Francis Coquelin.

Carvalho showed why is so highly-rated by winning Player of the Tournament at Euro 2015, despite missing the crucial penalty in the final defeat against Sweden. In truth, he looked a cut-above most of his opponents for much of the tournament, although he may be older than most.

Gunners in talks to sign Portuguese midfielder 0

Posted on April 24, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal are in talks with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon about signing defensive midfielder William Carvalho this summer, with claims that Sporting will be willing to sell the star for £21.5million, with the Portuguese club reportedly in financial trouble.


The Gunners are believed to have had a number of bids rejected for the highly-rated young central midfielder, including bids last summer. The fee was reported as the sticking point in any deal, as Sporting were believed to have wanted around £30million for Carvalho.

Defensive midfielder

Could William Carvalho be heading for Arsenal? 2

Posted on August 05, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be set close to completing a £24million deal for highly-rated Sporting Lisbon central midfielder William Carvalho. The Mail claims that the deal is being widely reported in the Portuguese press.

Release Clause

The youngster has a release clause of £37million in his contract with the team from the Portuguese capital, but Portuguese paper Ojogo claim that Sporting are now willing to let one of their key assets leave for £24million.

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