Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Vlahovic 'deadline set' as talks UNDERWAY, battle with Chelsea for Lille striker – latest

DUSAN VLAHOVIC is up for sale, and Fiorentina's director has confirmed talks are underway.

And Joe Barone added that he is already talking to one or more Premier League clubs for a deal for the in-demand 21-year-old striker.

Arsenal are believed to have had a £66m offer accepted, with the fee rising to £88m with add-ons.

While Renato Sanches has paused contract talks with Lille with Arsenal interested in the Portugal international.

And Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to be handed a new two-year deal by Arsenal with the club determined to fend off interest from Manchester City.

The 39-year-old, who spent time as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at the Etihad, is tied down at the Emirates until 2023.

That means his contract ends the same time as Guardiola’s at City.

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  • James Orr

    How Arsenal could line up

    Arsenal face Burnley this afternoon with a serious lack of midfielder available, with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka suspended.

    It will likely mean again playing Sambi Lokonga as a lone holding midfielder and switching the Gunners preferred 4-2-3-1 formation to 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-3.

    Lokonga started in the deep-lying role in the second leg against Liverpool with Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe either side in advanced roles.

    Mohamed Elneny – who would have been an option to also play in midfield – is still on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    And with a lack of alternate options the midfield three – who all started against Liverpool – are set to keep their place.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Gunners fans

    Reports in Italy suggest Arsenal are ‘close’ to announcing the loan signing of Juventus midfielder, Arthur Melo.

    According to Tuttosport, the Gunners have given in and accepted an 18-month loan deal for the Brazilian, having only wanted to take him for six months.

    Elsewhere Arsenal have reportedly ‘set a deadline’ for Dusan Vlahovic to decide whether he wants to join them in a £66million deal.

    The Premier League club are growing frustrated by the long-running saga and

    La Republicca claims they have demanded an answer from the hotshot by ‘halfway through next week’.

    However, it’s also been claimed elsewhere that Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Fiorentina striker have plunged again amid claims Juventus lodged a bid for the striker.

    Juve are reported to be Vlahovic’s preferred destination, despite interest from the Premier League.

    Turning attention away from transfer news, Mikel Arteta is set to be handed a new two-year deal by Arsenal chiefs.

    According to the Mail, bosses at the club are eager to fend of interest from Manchester City, who are rumoured to be keen on appointing Arteta when Pep Guardiola’s contract expires in 2023.

    And finally, the Gunners return to action today looking for their first win of 2022 as they welcome Burnley to the Emirates.

    Arteta’s side are yet to come out on top in four games in all competitions since the turn of the year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Exclusive – Arsenal bet 'fix' probe

    A yellow card given to Arsenal star Granit Xhaka is at the centre of a betting probe.

    The midfielder, 29, was booked for time wasting in the 88th minute of a Prem match.

    The FA said that bookmakers had alerted them to suspicious betting patterns around the incident and they will look into the matter. There is no investigation into any player.

    Xhaka was cautioned by referee Andre Marriner for delaying taking a free-kick during the Gunners’ 4-1 win at Leeds on December 18.

    A video circulated online shows Xhaka being urged to take the free-kick by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and the ref.

    Bookies were alerted after a punter staked £65,000 on him being booked in the game, winning a £250,000 payout.

    A betting source said: “This bet was flagged to all bookmakers, because it was so big and it paid out. The investigation is looking at the bet rather than Xhaka’s behaviour —– it is not unusual for him to be carded at all.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Xhaka speaks on 'wrong' decision

    Granit Xhaka has explained his reasoning to Sky Sports for his rash challenge on Diogo Jota, that saw him sent off in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

    The midfielder has taken stick from fans from the challenge, but suggested he would have been targeted if he didn't make the challenge as well.

    Xhaka said: “In this moment, if Jota takes the ball and he scores, they will say, ‘Why didn’t you stop him?’.

    "Now I stopped him, it’s, ‘Why did you get the red card?’.

    “In the end everyone is smarter in the moment — myself as well.

    “When I see it back now, do I need to go there and do it? No.

    “In the moment, it is a second where I have to make a decision.  This time I took the wrong one.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners back in action tomorrow

    Arsenal host Burnley tomorrow, with the Gunners still searching for their first win of 2022.

    Mikel Arteta started the New Year with a defeat to Man City, before being dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.

    A 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Carabao Cup semi-final followed, as did the 2-0 loss in the return leg in midweek.

    Burnley though have still won just once in the league this campaign, and rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

    Kick off at the Emirates is 2pm.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Icymi – Gunners set for winter camp

    Arsenal are planning to jet off to Dubai in late January until early February for a warm-weather camp.

    That's according to The Athletic, who report the Gunners will jet off to train in the sun during the small break.

    The trip will begin after Sunday’s clash with Burnley, and the north Londoners will be back in time for the match at Wolves on February 10.

    Arsenal are without a win so far in 2022 and have been eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Exclusive – Hein chased by Reading

    Arsenal's young Estonia international keeper Karl Hein is wanted on loan by Championship strugglers Reading.

    Hein cannot break into the Gunners side yet and they are prepared to send him out to a temporary home for some action.

    Reading have made a request to take Hein and the deal may happen if they are willing to use him ahead of Luke Southwood.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Former Gunner linked with Burnley

    Burnley want to take Aaron Ramsey on loan for the rest of the season.

    The former Arsenal midfielder is keen to return to the Premier League after his failed switch to Juventus.

    And the Clarets have been in talks over a temporary switch in the last few weeks.

    Sean Dyche’s strugglers would be able to pay nowhere near Ramsey’s reported £400k-a-week wages.

    But Ramsey, 31, may still consider the move after an initial rejection – with Juventus desperate to get him off their books.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal fans fume at VAR

    Livid Arsenal fans claimed Southampton got off lightly after a horror lunge by Stuart Armstrong.

    They moaned their man Granit Xhaka would ‘definitely’ have seen red for the same challenge.

    Armstrong was lucky to stay on the pitch after his challenge on Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

    The Saints midfielder escaped with just a yellow despite a VAR review of his studs-up shocker.

    Xhaka was given his marching orders for a similar high-footed challenge as the Gunners held Liverpool to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

    And Arsenal fans fumed at what they saw as double standards from officials when their star was involved.

    User EricSulman5 wrote on Twitter: “How has Stuart Armstrong not been sent off? Officiating in the Prem is soo inconsistent. Without a doubt if it was Xhaka he’s getting sent off. Missed the ball & caught the player.”

    Benito_lowe98 wrote: “If it’s Xhaka who does that tackle Armstrong does, it’s a red!”

    Credit: Sky Sports
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Chelsea ‘enquiry’ for Arsenal target

    European Champions Chelsea have reportedly made an ‘enquiry’ for the services of Lille striker Jonathan David.

    The 21-year-old forward has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks.

    But now it’s the Gunners’ London rivals who are plotting a potential swoop, according to Canadian outlet TSN.

    David is expected to leave Lille at the end of the season, and has attracted plenty of attention, with Chelsea now the latest club to register their interest.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta in line for new deal

    Reports suggest Mikel Arteta is set to be offered a new two-year contract by Arsenal.

    The Mail claim the Spaniard has impressed chiefs at the club and will be rewarded with a new deal.

    An extension is expected to be tabled before the end of the campaign, before his current deal enters its final 12 months.

    Bosses at the club have been impressed by his management, but are also wary of interest from Manchester City.

    Rumours have emerged that City are lining up Arteta to replace Pep Guardiola, when the latter decides to call time on his spell at the Etihad.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal closing in on Arthur

    Reports in Italy suggest Arsenal are 'close' to announcing the loan signing of Juventus midfielder.

    According to Tuttosport, the Gunners have given in and accepted an 18-month loan deal for the Brazilian.

    Arsenal are claimed to have just wanted a short-term six month deal, while Juve favoured a longer loan.

    And now that's been agreed, reports suggest negotiations are now ongoing between Arthur's representatives and Arsenal officials.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Merson – 'Get someone in'

    Former Arsenal playmaker Paul Merson believes Arsenal 'need' to bring in a new striker, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang unlikely to play for the club again.

    And Merson believes a forward needs to be recruited in his place, sooner rather than later.

    He said: "You’ve got to get someone in. Arsenal need a centre forward badly next season. No [can’t see him playing again for Arsenal] not for me. I think Arteta has already laid that one out, he’s chopped his nose off there.

    "He’s hung him out there to dry, it’s going to be some going by the lad to come back. It could do [impact top four hopes].

    "Not saying Aubameyang is going to get them in the top four though but they do need a centre forward.

    "Aubameyang on form could get them there. I always think pick your best players but what’s gone on between the pair of them the manager and him needs to be sorted out first."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ian Wright a proud grandfather

    Ian Wright posted his hilarious reaction after grandson D'Margio Wright-Phillips scored his first-ever professional goal.

    The youngster volleyed past Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

    And news of the strike was enough to get his proud grandad up and off his seat as he performed punditry duty.

    Wright shared his reaction with a clip on Twitter, and it showed the beaming Arsenal legend scurrying over to a screen to capture the scoreline on camera.

    Credit: Twitter / @Ianwright0
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Juve reportedly lodge Vlahovic bid

    Arsenal's hopes of landing Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic have plunged again amid claims Juventus have bid £50milion for the striker.

    The Gunners are reportedly willing to make Vlahovic their second-highest paid player but it's thought he wants to Juve.

    It's understood Juventus have taken a dramatic step forward with their first major offer for the 21-year-old.

    And the Italians are said to be strong favourites to recruit Vlahovic now, ahead of Arsenal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Betting probe into Arsenal booking

    A bookmaker reportedly flagged a £310,000 bet on an Arsenal player being given a yellow card in a game earlier this season.

    The FA are looking into suspicious betting patterns, with another £55,000 in-play bet also coming under scrutiny.

    The player did end up being booked, but his identity has not been revealed.

    Now The Athletic is reporting that one bookie flagged the huge £310,000 wager 'to the international betting watchdog over manipulation concerns'.

    The FA said: “The FA is aware of the matter in question and is looking into it.”

    The governing body are only looking into the matter at present and it is yet to become a full blown investigation.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Xhaka – 'This is who I am'

    Granit Xhaka has spoken out after his latest disciplinary mishap saw him sent off at Anfield in the Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Anfield.

    A moment of madness saw Xhaka dismissed, something which he has now been questioned about by Sky Sports.

    The midfielder replied: "It’s not like I’m planning this. It’s not like I’m doing this on purpose.

    "But sometimes, I am in a position where I have to take a 50:50. It’s risky, of course. Now people will say, ‘Yeah, but why do you always [take] risks?’

    "This is who I am. I can’t change myself from today to tomorrow. Of course, I need to improve and I know I need to improve."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Hutchinson – Avoid signing Dembele

    Ousmane Dembele is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of the season, and expected to leave the club this month.

    Arsenal are one of a number of teams to be linked with the Frenchman, although former pro Don Hutchinson doesn't reckon the Gunners should move for the winger.

    He believes Dembele is too similar to Nicolas Pepe, who has hardly hit top-gear since his £72million move from Lille.

    Speaking on the BBC Radio Five Live Football Daily Podcast, he said: "If I was Liverpool I would [go for Dembele], if I was Arsenal I’m thinking I could get more out of Pepe, they’re two similar players.

    "The trouble with Dembele is that he’s not been fit enough at Barca, he’s a wonderful talent, he certainly was at Dortmund.

    "If Arsenal threw their money at Dembele I think it would be a risk, but if Liverpool did it he’d be a squad player who’d have to fight for his position."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners not giving up on Vlahovic

    Reports have emerged in recent days that Dusan Vlahovic already has an agreement in place to join Juventus.

    Fiorentina are said to be willing to negotiate with the Gunners, but the player's agents are stopping negotiations from going ahead.

    However, The Athletic's David Ornstein has revealed that Arsenal will not 'turn their back' on a potential move.

    Ornstein told his YouTube followers: It’s a really delicate situation, with quite a few days in the window left to go, I don’t think it’s one that Arsenal are going to turn their back on.

    "It’s one which Arsenal will need to lean on their ownership for support with but we saw that with Thomas Partey, for example.

    "But when you speak to people around the game, the sort of numbers being touted for Vlahovic are not ridiculous for a player in that position. I find it quite fascinating that Arsenal are prepared to mix it in that market."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Vlahovic not in Fiorentina squad

    Dusan Vlahovic is not in the Fiorentina squad for tomorrow's trip to Cagliari.

    The striker has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, amid interest from Arsenal.

    But the reason for his absence is NOT transfer related.

    Football Italia report Vlahovic is one of two Fiorentina players to have tested positive for Covid-19, and will therefore miss the game as he self isolates.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Dyche expecting challenge at Arsenal

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche is predicting a 'tough game' at the Emirates tomorrow, as his side travel to face the Gunners.

    A solitary Martin Odegaard goal settled the game at Turf Moor earlier this season.

    And previewing the game, Dyche said: "Arsenal have come a long way from a tough start, and they are in a better place than earlier on this season with what the manager is trying to get them to do, and they’ve worked to get in that better place.

    "I’m sure that the manager is continually working to push them harder. It’s always a tough game going to Arsenal, as is any game in the Premier League, but we’ll take on the challenge.

    "We have to look at the realities of the players that are there.

    "They have got some very good players and they’ve changed the way that they have been playing, with the urgency and the edge as the season has come on."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ramsey Juventus departure imminent

    Max Allegri has confirmed ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Juventus this month.

    The midfielder has been linked with a move back to England in recent weeks having played just 112 minutes of football this term.

    Allegri confirmed: "Aaron’s not with the team as he’s set to leave the club."

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has confirmed talks are ongoing on a potential return to the Premier League.

    Ramsey has reportedly turned down an offer from newly mega-rich Newcastle, with Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace also pulling out of the race to sign him.

    And with Arsenal desperately short of options in midfield, Mikel Arteta could be tempted into offering the Welsh international the chance to return to the Emirates.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Leno talks held

    Newcastle have held talks with Arsenal about taking Bern Leno on loan until the end of the season.

    That is according to 90Min, who report the Magpies are very interested in signing Leno and have already contacted the Gunners.

    A potential deal, though, would also include an obligation to buy if the Toon avoid Premier League relegation.

    The north Londoners are ready to let the German goalkeeper go if they can secure a deal for New England Revolution star Matt Turner

  • Kostas Lianos

    Vlahovic transfer boost

    Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic is keen to join the Premier League amid Arsenal's intense interest.

    Vlahovic has become manager Mikel Arteta's top priority amid the January transfer window.

    According to La Repubblica, Vlahovic is open to making the big step in the English top flight.

    But the north Londoners are facing competition from rivals Tottenham and Manchester City

  • Kostas Lianos

    Warm-weather training camp

    Arsenal are planning to jet off to Dubai in late January until early February.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim the Gunners will travel for a warm-weather training camp during that small break period.

    The trip will begin after Sunday's clash with Burnley and the north Londoners will be back in time for the match at Wolves on February 10.

    Arsenal are without a win so far in 2022 and have been eliminated from the FA Cup as well as the Carabao Cup

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