Welcome to our football.london The Arsenal Way daily news round-up. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all.
Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.
Arsenal edge ahead in £60m pursuit
Arsenal are reportedly edging ahead of Bayern Munich for the signing of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to La Nazione.
The report claims that the Gunners are in the ‘front row’ for the Serbian striker ahead of a potential €70 million (£60m) move.
Vlahovic has 10 goals in 13 games across all competitions so far this season for Fiorentina, including two against Serie A hot-shots Atalanta.
Our view: What a statement signing this would be. Most football fans across Europe are begging for the signing of Vlahovic so if Edu was to win this race, it would be huge.
The Serbian would add a new dimension to Mikel Arteta’s tactics and Arsenal would certainly become a force to be reckoned with.
My only worry is that the Gunners may need to start securing Champions League finishes in the Premier League to keep hold of Vlahovic’s services in years to come, should they sign him.
A potentially top signing. But, top signings need top treatment and Arsenal need to guarantee European football to win him over I think.
Edu welcomes bidding war for Lacazette
Newcastle have joined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Alexandre Lacazette, according to Spanish outlet La Razon.
football.london understands that the 30-year-old striker, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has no intention of extending his stay at London Colney.
Catalan outlet El Nacional claims that Barcelona president Joan Laporta would be willing to meet a price tag of around £8.5 million to sign Lacazette.
A January move is on the cards, however, the France international will be open to pre-contractual talks with clubs in January over a free transfer in the summer.
Our view: This is the perfect scenario for Edu. If he can engineer a little bidding war then Arsenal may be able to recuperate a slice of the £47 million initially splashed on the Frenchman.
If I was Lacazette though I’d be worried; it could seemingly go from a move to sunny Spain to Tyneside.
Gunners on red alert following £27m Xavi decision
Barcelona’s newly appointed boss Xavi has reportedly listed as many as six players ahead of the January transfer window, according to Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez.
Three of which – Neto, Phillipe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti – are former targets of Edu’s, sending the Gunners on red alert in what could be a busy winter window.
However, Arsenal have recently undertaken a new recruitment regime at the Emirates whereby only players under the age of 24 are signed which rules out the Catalan trident.
Clement Lenglet, Martin Braithwaite and Luuk De Jong are also up for sale but neither fall into the north London sides transfer remit policy either.
Naturally, though, there remains an incentive to explore what deals can be picked up for shrewd fees.
Our view: Coutinho could be a healthy signing for Arsenal and he could reignite his Bayern Munich form from not too long ago but I’m not convinced by Umititi – especially when Arteta could be armed with William Saliba, Gabriel, Ben White next season.
Neto could be an easy acquisition as Aaron Ramsdale’s number two seeing as Bernd Leno will unlikely settle for diminutive game time.
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