It looks like it’s shaping up to be a busy week when it comes to transfers for Arsenal. There’s talk of players coming and going, so rather than do a load of individual stories, here’s the latest update on each case.
The Guardian report that Arsenal are confident of signing the 28 year old from Borussia Dortmund after talks between the two clubs took place today.
The come against the backdrop of disciplinary issues with their general manager, Michael Zorc, saying, “What is going on now is not to be tolerated by the club
“It cannot go on like this. I don’t know what is going through his mind. I don’t recognise him anymore. There is trouble in the team and that is not good.”
He would be a high profile name to bring in as a replacement for Sanchez, a boost for fans and the squad alike as they lose one of their main stars, regardless of how disruptive he reportedly was.
A fee of around €60m has been mentioned, but Arsenal would surely look to do business below that, and possibly use Olivier Giroud in the deal as he almost joined the German side in the summer.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan & Alexis Sanchez
“I would lie if I said it was a pure tactical decision”, said Jose Mourinho, explaining why he left the Armenian out of his squad for United’s game against Stoke tonight.
He’s believed to have been offered to Arsenal as part of a deal that would see Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford.
The Chilean, meanwhile, has been offered a lot of money and the number 7 shirt, but some reports suggest Mkhitaryan could throw a spanner in the works because of his reluctance to join the Gunners. He currently earns £200,000 a week with United and is unlikely to want a pay cut.
Man City are apparently still interested in Sanchez, and hopefully if he goes to Manchester that’s where he ends and we find out Wenger has been stringing Mourinho along like some kind of transfer catfish and the United manager’s head bursts open with rage.
Update: Manchester correspondents saying City have pulled out, but Chelsea are now making a move. That would also make Mourinho’s head burst.
City officially pull out of Sanchez deal.
Chelsea making late bid
— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) January 15, 2018
The Bordeaux forward has had talks with Arsenal, and today the French club softened their stance on him.
Bordeaux manager Jocelyn Gourvennec changing his tune on Malcom: "With Malcom I am taking it day by day… if he leaves, he will be replaced."
— Get French Football (@GFFN) January 15, 2018
Arsenal may have to pay up to €50m for obtain the services of the 20 year old Brazilian, but he’s a player highly rated by new Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, who had identified him as a possible signing for his former club, Borussia Dortmund.
A deal could go through in the next few days.
The 28 year old’s substitute appearance against Bournemouth is likely to be his last for the club, with Everton said to be in pole position to sign him. Sam Allardyce confirmed his interest last week and £20m would be enough for Arsenal to sell.
There is also interest from Southampton, and the England international could still be tempted by a move back to his old club. It would be a far less intense relocation for him and his family.
However, the smart money right now is on him moving to Merseyside.