Arsenal’s pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic may be about to hit a bump in the road, but a move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gini Wijnaldum remains on the table as the transfer window closes. prolonged.
Arsenal cut their squad at the start of the January transfer window but talks continue to progress – with varying degrees of success – as Mikel Arteta attempts to add new signings.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been cleared for loan at Roma, while fellow academy graduate Folarin Balogun has joined Middlesbrough on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
The Gunners continue to assess their attacking and midfield options as they could still lose more players before the window closes with questions raised over the future of a number of members of the squad. team, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Pablo Mari.
As for those who could arrive this month, Dusan Vlahovic and Gini Wijnaldum are among the biggest names discussed this week, with new developments on both fronts.
Here’s Mirror Football’s roundup of the latest transfer news as Arsenal look to prepare for a continued Champions League charge.
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Wijnaldum encouraged to move
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has struggled to make the impact he wants since joining French club Liverpool in the summer, and the Dutchman has been urged to move to Arsenal if he is to benefit from more consistent football.
Wijnaldum was one of several high-profile additions to the PSG squad at the end of the season, along with Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, but was unable to secure a regular starting spot.
Former Liverpool favorite Ian Rush has urged the 31-year-old to return to the Premier League if the opportunity arises, with Arsenal continuing to be linked with a January swoop.
“He doesn’t play regularly in Paris but he would certainly get more playing time at Arsenal, who could use some experience to add to what is already a good but young team,” Rush told Gaming.com.
Vlahovic urged to make statement on future
Dusan Vlahovic continues to be linked with the Gunners after turning down a new contract with Fiorentina, and the Italian club have called on the player to clarify their stance on his future.
The Serb is Serie A’s top scorer this season, and also found the net as his club beat Napoli in extra time this week to progress in the Coppa Italia.
However, his side are believed to be holding firm on an asking price of £60million despite the Gunners offering midfielder Lucas Torreira in partial exchange, amid calls from Fiorentina CEO Joe Barone asking Vlahovic to make a statement.
“We talk about Dusan Vlahovic every day now. We just want to talk about the team. We have already spoken so much about him, we are waiting for an answer from him and his entourage about what the future holds for us,” said Barone to Sport Mediaset, via Football Italia.
Arsenal confident around Juventus target Aubameyang amid CAN scare
Arsenal are believed to be confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s physical condition is not a problem, after ‘heart damage’ left him sidelined by Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations tie against Ghana.
The striker has been linked with leaving Emirates Stadium this month after spending more than a month without playing for Mikel Arteta’s side, and the Gabonese FA issued a statement after the player was ruled out despite returning to training after a positive Covid test. .
However, according to The Athletic, Arsenal spoke to Gabon’s medical team and determined the absence was a precautionary measure rather than something more serious.
Gabon drew 1-1 and are all but assured of progress to the knockout stages of the AFCON.