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Reports in Spain say that Arsenal have ‘withdrawn’ their interest in the Atletico Madrid midfielder. They want the €50m release clause paid in full, they previously rejected an offer of Matteo Guendouzi + cash, and we apparently have no intention of spending that amount of money straight up.
Arseblog News also understands that the player’s personal terms have been viewed as prohibitive, and despite firm interest in the 27 year old, this looks less and less likely as time goes on.
The Spanish international would be a dream midfield signing, adding a serious amount of quality to that area of the pitch, but reports of our interest in him vary in reliability from not very to some bloke on Twitter.
Some have said there’s been personal contact between the player and Mikel Arteta, and that the door is open because Liverpool don’t want to pay the €30m Bayern are looking for. Reportedly though, neither do we, we’re looking for a deal which sees us pay less for the 29 year old.
With his age, it feels like a bit of a long shot, given we’ve given 32 year old Willian a three year deal and are about to secure the future of 31 year old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It feels like we need to change the age profile, but he’d be an exciting signing all the same. Chances are though, if he’s choosing between Arsenal and Liverpool, joining the title winners with Champions League football etc seems much more plausible.
Having plundered Lille for Gabriel Magalhaes, would we really go back for another one of their brightest talents?
The midfielder ticks some boxes, for sure, and would probably cost quite a bit less than Partey if we’re looking for that defensive presence.
Lille are reportedly open to the deal, while Man Utd are said to be interested after Ed Woodward learned of Arsenal’s interest and said ‘Hey, what’s going on here?’.
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Coveted by Monaco, Mikel Arteta has blocked his departure as he sees him as part of his squad for the new season. The 20 year old impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season, and it could be time for him to make a breakthrough at Arsenal.
There’s certainly room in the midfield for someone to come in and stake a claim, and if finances preclude a complete overhaul of this area, we will have to look to internal solutions.
Arsenal are currently being investigated by football authorities who suspect the club of trying to create a monopoly on central defenders by stockpiling all of them.
This might require a sale to keep the feds off our back, and Holding has been linked with a move to newly promoted Leeds.
It’d be a move back up north for Rob who still has three years left on his current Arsenal deal, and as an Englishman with homegrown status and Premier League experience could bring in a decent fee.