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Mikel Arteta’s 7-man Arsenal transfer wishlist emerges after private talks held

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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.

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Another Arsenal player leaves Emirates Stadium

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Daniel Ballard

Arsenal player, Daniel Ballard has agreed a transfer to Championship side, Sunderland.

The player, whose move to Burnley failed through last season, has also played for Swindon Town and Blackpool on loan.

The Northern Ireland international has not had the opportunity to play a single first team game for the Gunners.

And now his stay at the club is coming to an end as he is set for an imminent move from the north London side

The Athletic reports that Ballard was very close to joining Burnley last week, but a deal could not be agreed.

The likes of former club Blackpool and Sheffield United were interested in the player.

He is now on his way to Sunderland.

Despite never making the cut for Arsenal, Ballard has proved himself on the international stage, already picking up 15 caps for Northern Ireland and scoring two goals.

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EPL: Leeds to replace Raphinha with Super Eagles forward

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Leeds United are in the race to sign Moses Simon from Nantes, according to RMC.

The Premier League side are competing with another Ligue 1 side Nice for the Super Eagles forward.

With Raphinha in talks with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, Leeds are already looking for his replacement.

The Elland Road club is holding out for £65m for Raphinha and some of that income will be put back into the team.

Simon, 26, can play all across the frontline. He is right footed, although he played the majority of last season on the left wing.

The winger scored six goals and grabbed eight assists from 30 Ligue 1 games last season.

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Boehly set to sign two Man City players for Chelsea

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Chelsea are in talks with Manchester City over a move for both Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake, the UK Telegraph reports.

Sterling is the Blues’ top priority this summer, with Thomas Tuchel eager for the club to sign the England international.

Although Tuchel wants to bolster his attack, he is also looking to bring in defenders following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea have now turned to their former defender Ake as part of their summer rebuild.

Ake made his Chelsea debut back in 2012 and made 17 senior appearances for the club.

In 2017, he joined Bournemouth in a £20million deal having impressed on loan the previous season.

Following Bournemouth’s relegation in 2020, the Dutchman joined City in a deal worth £40million.

It is believed Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly contacted City on Monday to discuss their valuation of both Sterling and Ake with the Blues keen to sign both players.

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