Arsenal transfer update: Gunners prepare formal bid for Vlahovic and Brazilian midfielder

Latest reports claim that Arsenal have prepared a formal offer for Dusan Vlahovic. The Gunners have also prepared offers for Juventus‘ midfielder Arthur Melo and Palmeiras midfielder Danilo.

Arsenal are yet to sign anyone more than two weeks into the January transfer window but have let two players leave the Emirates on loan.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun have botje been shipped off on loan to AS Roma in Italy and Middlesbrough in the second tier of English football respectively by the club who wants both players to have playing time.

This, coupled with the absence of Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Elneny who are all at the ongoing African Cup of Nations has halved the Gunners squad’s strength, leaving manager Mikel Arteta with a selection headache in a very busy period of football.

This has already started to tell on the side as Arsenal recently had their Premier League fixture against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur postponed due to an insufficient squad which has been depleted by Covid-19, injuries and player departures.

With a little over two weeks left for the Gunners, to strengthen their squad, it will please Arsenal fans to learn that moves are finally being made towards this aim.

Fiorentina line up Vlahovic replacement

Arsenal can be encouraged by news coming out of Italy that Fiorentina have already identified a replacement for star striker Dusan Vlahovic, who the Gunners have prepared a €60 million bid for.

Fiorentina have identified River Plate’s Julian Alvarez as the Serbian’s replacement, and are hoping to secure the signature of the River Plate man as soon as possible.

This means they are willing to let Vlahovic go this January, and Arsenal’s €60 million bid could find this transfer. Fiorentina, however, will have an uphill task to convince Vlahovic to leave.

Arsenal ready to enter negotiations with Palmeiras; Arthur close to Emirates move

Elsewhere, reports claim that Arsenal are ready to make a £21 million bid for Brazilian starlet Danilo.

The 20-year-old is being eyed as primarily as a long term replacement for Granit Xhaka who could be leaving the Emirates at the end of his contract in the next two years.

However, the Gunners would want to sign him now as they are short of midfield talent to play their games.

Palmeiras, however, are determined to keep the player in their ranks ahead of the Club World Cup in February. The club is also one of the richest in the Brazilian league, and can hold off on the deal for as long as they want.

Reports, however claim, that Palmeiras could listen to offers for Danilo in the summer.

Furthermore, Arthur Melo could become an Arsenal player in the coming days as Daily Star reports that the Brazilian is ready to fly in to north London to complete his switch from Juventus to Arsenal.

Arsenal have managed to convince Juventus, according to reports, by offering to cover his wages in full in the duration of his loan.

It remains to be seen which of these moves can be completed in the coming weeks and how many more moves the Gunners can complete as the transfer window winds down.






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