Arsenal are in the market for new recruits this January transfer window.
And there are seven names on manager Mikel Arteta ‘s transfer wishlist.
Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield this month but also has his eye on a new striker after his falling out with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the seemingly imminent departure of Alexandre Lacazette.
The five central midfield players on Arsenal’s wishlist are Danilo, Bruno Guimaraes, Youri Tielemans, Arthur and Georginio Wijnaldum.
The former has impressed in a defensive midfield role for Palmeiras this season and at 20 would prove a shrewd investment.
But Palmeiras are keen to retain Danilo’s services for the Club World Cup next month and, in a blow to Arsenal, are set to reject any bid that comes in for the midfielder this January.
Lyon’s Guimaraes is another player Arteta is keen on and Arsenal have already made contact with him.
“Arsenal approached my agent,” claimed Guimaraes recently, before suggesting he isn’t looking to leave the Ligue 1 side. “But there was no offer. My aim, and I made it clear to Juninho, is to win a title with Lyon.”
Tielemans would prove an expensive option given he is a key player in Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side.
Arthur on the other hand is a more realistic option and Mirror Sport understands that Arsenal have already held private talks with Juventus over a move for the Brazilian.
Arthur is keen on a switch, but Juventus are not willing to let him go before they sign a replacement, with Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek high up on their wishlist.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Wijnaldum is also a good option for Arsenal, although they would have to wait until the end of the season before being able to sign him on a free.
One stumbling block is that the Dutchman is set to be inundated with offers come June, but a possible saving grace for the Gunners is that Wijnaldum is said to be an Arsenal fan.
Arteta’s striker targets include Jonathan David and Dusan Vlahovic.
The former plays for Lille and is very much seen as an alternative to Arsenal’s first choice target up top, Vlahovic.
That said, Edu has spoken with the Canadian’s agent over a possible January switch.
Vlahovic would set Arsenal back an eye-watering £75million and would become their most expensive player ever if they agree to part with the money this month.
A stumbling block for Arsenal is that although they are willing to splash the cash, they want to pay the £75m in instalments, while Fiorentina want the fee in one single payment.
EPL: I don’t play in my preferred positions – Pulisic becomes latest Chelsea player to hit at Tuchel
Christian Pulisic has become the latest Chelsea player to open up on his struggles at the club.
According to the 23-year-old, he does not get to play in the positions he really wants to.
Pulisic is yet to nail down a regular starting place at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.
The American winger also struggled with injuries since his arrival at the club in 2019.
Pulisic is currently away on international duty, ahead of a 2022 World Cup qualifying triple-header starting against El Salvador on Friday.
He told NBC Sports: “When I come to the national team it is “How are things with Chelsea?” and ‘What’s this” and “What’s that.” It’s tough.
“Mentally it has played on me at times but I am always very excited to be on the national team and get to enjoy playing with these guys and just enjoy football in general.
“It is tough. I haven’t always been playing in the positions I want to play in. But I think it is a good quality to be versatile and able to play in all kinds of positions and have different strengths on the pitch.”
Pulisic was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s last two league fixtures, after playing in six games straight over the festive period in a variety of positions.
His comments after Romelu Lukaku criticized Tuchel’s methods and admitted he was unhappy at Stamford Bridge.
Egypt eliminate Ivory Coast from AFCON after penalty shoot-out
Seven-time African champions, Egypt, have eliminated Ivory Coast at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Wednesday.
Egypt beat Ivory Coast 5-4 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament following an enthralling 0-0 draw.
The North Africans got the upper hand in the shoot-out when substitute goalkeeper Gabaski saved Eric Bailly’s effort in the third round of spot kicks.
Egypt’s captain, Mohamed Salah, netted the decisive penalty to send them to the last eight.
Egypt will face their North African neighbours, Morocco, in the quarter finals in Yaounde on Sunday by 5:00pm.
Newcastle agree £30m for Lyon midfielder, Guimaraes
Newcastle have agreed a fee with Lyon in the region of £30m to sign midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and are also targeting a deal to sign Brighton defender Dan Burn.
It is understood Brazil international Guimaraes will undergo a medical in his homeland on Wednesday.
A statement said, “Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media reporting an agreement between Newcastle and OL for the transfer of Brazilian international midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
“In this transfer window period where the slightest rumour is often presented as reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only information officially released by the club is to be taken into consideration.”
It is not the first time Lyon issued such denial over a transfer. In 2019, the club denied they had agreed to sell Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid. Eight days later, the left-back completed a move to the Bernabeu.
The Mapgies have wanted to sign a left-footed centre-back all window to partner Jamaal Lascelles
But they have so far failed in their attempts to sign Sven Botman, Diego Carlos and Benoit Badiashile.
Burn – a boyhood Newcastle fan born in nearby Blyth – is now a top target with less than seven days left of the window.
The 29-year-old has entered the final 18 months of his Brighton contract. The 6ft 7in defender, who joined Brighton from Wigan in 2018, can also play left-back.
Arsenal were among a number of clubs interested in signing Guimaraes, who has also been watched closely by Manchester United and PSG, but Eddie Howe’s side look to be closing in on the 24-year-old’s signature.
Guimaraes has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this season, registering six assists. He has three caps for the Brazil national team.
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