Reports this evening suggest that Arsenal’s first signing of the January transfer window, Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel, is done and dusted, but that the Gunners are awaiting a work permit before the deal can be announced.
The 23 year old has apparently passed a medical, but recent changes to the work permit system mean his move has become more complicated.
If a player had played more than 50% of his country’s internationals he was eligible, but this applied to the top 70 nations. It was recently changed to include only the top 50, which leaves the midfielder out of the loop.
But basically Phil Collins and John Terry are massive twats, so it should all be announced soon.
Arsenal are lining up a surprise move for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic to solve their midfield injury problems, according to reports.
The Gunners have been linked with a host of central midfielders after Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla picked up long-term injuries, with the duo facing three months and four months out respectively.
Bayer Leverkusen star Lars Bender is understood to have emerged as the Gunners’ ideal target, but according to ItaSportPress Brozovic is also being lined up as an alternative.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Inter Milan, who have the first option to sign the midfielder.
It’s also claimed that the player is keen on a move to the Emirates, though, and Arsenal appear ready to pounce should Inter fail to agree a deal for him.
There were hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho in the early summer, but the extremely talented defensive midfielder was cruelly injured at the U21 World Cup.
His fractured tibula means that the 23 year-old hasn’t been able to play much this season, but I would like to believe that Wenger was keen on making him his top target until his injury took him off the market.
Carvalho himself hinted that there had been some communication with the Gunners when he said last month: “I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting but if I ever leave then it’s a sign that my work here is done,”
“I dream of winning the Primeira Liga here. I prefer not to say too much but there is a club with which I’ve always been fond of: Arsenal.”
Now that Wenger is aware that both Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, and probably Mikel Arteta, are all out for the long-term it makes perfect sense that Wenger must get in some reinforcements in January. The reports in the summer were saying that Arsenal would have to pay the full £35 million in his buy-out clause, but because of his injury this year, the Telegraph reckons that Sporting may accept a bid of around £25 million to prise him away from the Portugese League leaders.
That is easily affordable for a very talented player, and he WANTS to come to Arsenal. So go get him Arsene!
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If Flamini goes, it opens the door for a new defensive midfielder to sign. Rabiot would fit the mould of what Arsene Wenger is looking for; young, tall and good on the ball. His attitude problems may be a slight concern, but his availability is attractive at this stage of the window. There have been rumours that Wenger is in Paris to negotiate a transfer and whilst some believe he is there to talk about Edinson Cavani, it is more likely, if he is there for transfers, that he’ll be negotiating a deal for Rabiot. The French under 21 midfielder may only be 20, but he has already played 53 games for a very strong Paris Saint-Germain team. This one might be one to watch.
Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray
Rabiot in? Surely Flamini out. Flamini to Turkey was put on hold after it seemed Felipe Melo would stay at Galatasaray but now the Brazilian has joined Inter Milan. Arsenal are hoping to shift the French midfielder to free up funds for a new midfielder. As it stands, with Mikel Arteta signing a new deal Arsenal cannot really afford to sign another midfielder if they do not manage to sell / release Flamini. The interest from Gala is real, as they held talks with Arsenal a few weeks ago. Flamini is very much disposable for Arsenal right now, but if no new signing arrives, you’d expect him to stick around. Coquelin and an injury prone Arteta are not enough to last the whole season in defensive midfield.
Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)
Campbell could move to a number of clubs in the next 24 hours, but the latest to be linked are French club Rennes. Reports in France from Canal+ indicate Campbell could be heading to Rennes on a season long loan deal, but it is likely the Gunners will only let the Costa Rican forward leave if they manage to bring in another attacking option. Other than Olivier Giroud, Campbell was the only forward on the bench against Newcastle and if he left, we’d be left very short of attacking options, especially considering we have loaned out Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo, both of whom featured in some capacity last season. Danny Welbeck is expected to return soon, but there’s no way we can rely on the trio of Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Giroud for a full season, especially with all three of them having serious injury problems in the last 12 months.
Fernando Llorente’s agent travelled to London yesterday to discuss a 8.5 million move to Arsenal, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
Arsene Wenger is looking to sign a new striker and the 30-year-old Juventus forward would bring world class ability to the Emirates.
The Spanish International who is currently being chased by Barcelona and Real Madridoffers a fantastic aerial presence and at 6ft 5 he will give any top side a genuinely gifted target man. He would also ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud who suffered from fatigue last season.
During his two years in Turin Llorente scored a respectable 23 league goals but the player would have wanted more
Arsenal had been linked to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema in recent days but any potential deal looks very unlikely.
Llorente who has 23 caps for Spain is also being linked with a move to Tottenham but the striker would reportedly prefer a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.