Arsenal transfer rumours: Man Utd issue £70m blow, Bernd Leno decision, Nicolas Pepe stance

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Arsenal returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League.

The Gunners responded in perfect fashion after being comprehensively beaten by Liverpool last weekend and are now level on points with West Ham United in fourth place.

Mikel Arteta will be delighted with his players’ response, with his attention firmly on getting Arsenal back into European competition for next season.

However, behind the scenes, it seems the Gunners’ hierarchy are gearing up for another busy transfer window.

So, with that being said, football.london takes a close look at the latest Arsenal transfer rumours from around Europe.

Man Utd join Vlahovic race

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The 21-year-old striker, who is reportedly valued at about £70million by the Italian club, has attracted plenty of interest from around Europe due to his fine performances in Italy.

Vlahovic sees his contract with Fiorentina expire at the end of next season, meaning his value could plummet in the summer.

Now, it seems as if Man United are the latest club to register an interest in the Serbia international.

Gunners’ Leno decision

According to The Athletic, Arsenal are not willing to allow Bernd Leno to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Leno is out of favour at the Gunners due to the fine form of Aaron Ramsdale in recent weeks and the Germany goalkeeper has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

The former Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper is said to be considering his future at Arsenal, but the Gunners have reportedly decided that he will not be going anywhere in January.

Arsenal could sanction Pepe exit

According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal could allow Nicolas Pepe to leave the club, despite Arteta insisting he will not be going anywhere.

Pepe signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2019 for a club-record fee of £72m, but the Ivorian has struggled to find consistency.

The Ivory Coast international has played just seven times in the Premier League so far this season – with the winger falling below the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the pecking order in north London.

Pepe has entered the final three years of his contract with the Gunners, with Newcastle said to be one of the clubs interested in his services.

Source by Football London

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