Via GGFN comes a report from France Football which says Arsenal have made an approach to Napoli over right full back Kevin Malcuit.
The 27 year old joined the Serie A side from Lille last summer, but has struggled to make his mark in Italy, playing in just 12 of their 21 league games and not a single minute of Napoli’s Champions League campaign.
Arsenal are coming to terms with the news that Hector Bellerin is out until October with a cruciate knee ligament injury, but in terms of numbers we do have players who can fill the gap.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles started against Man Utd in the FA Cup on Friday, while Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson – who was told he would not be allowed leave on loan this month – are also options for Unai Emery.
In fact, the Spaniard today seemed to play down the idea of signing a defender during the transfer window as we focus on attacking midfielders, saying, “We have enough players who can play centre back in the squad.
“The problem is we’re having a lot of injuries in this position. We have enough players.
“If we can bring another player, and all the other players we have are well to play, then we could maybe have a problem in the future.”
So, it doesn’t sound like a defensive signing is imminent, with continuing links to Denis Suarez and an expensive loan deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.
The window closes at 11pm on Friday, but before then the Gunners have to take three valuable points when they face Cardiff on Tuesday.
As for the Kevin Malcuit story, we’re going high on the Poo-O-Meter for this one.