Arsenal urged to make £40m approach for 6 ft 4 defender
Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to sign Brighton defender Lewis Dunk over Pablo Mari before the end of the winter transfer window.
The North London club are in the market for a centre-back after Calum Chamers season ending injury for the remainder of the 2019/20 season and Mari has been identified as a top target this month.
Arsenal technical director Edu agreed on a contract with Brazilian club Flamengo for Mari last week and the Spanish defender travelled to London to pass the medical.
However, the move could be collapsed after Flamengo director accused the Gunners of changing the terms of their agreement.
Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus has also played down the North London club’s chances of landing Mari before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Arsenal legend Parlour believes that Arsenal should sign a defender who has proved himself in the Premier League and urged to sign Dunk.
‘If I really had to go and buy one, whether you’ve got the money to do it or not, I’d take a gamble on a player like Lewis Dunk,’ Parlour told talkSPORT.
‘£30million, £40million, would Brighton take that? I don’t know.
‘I like the way he plays, he’s a proper centre-back. That’s what you need sometimes.
‘Sol Campbell was a proper centre-back when I played, he’d stop you scoring, and that’s what you want from your centre-half.
‘He doesn’t have to be great on the ball at times. We’re talking about different players [in quality].
‘Sol was one of the best centre halves around at that time.
‘But someone like Lewis Dunk, who’s probably a little bit unlucky not to be in more England squads, I’m sure Brighton fans don’t want to be losing a player like that.’
Arsenal agreed on deal for the 23-year-old versatile defender
Arsenal have agreed on a deal in principle to secure the services of Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko, according to reports in Ukraine.
The North London club are keen to secure the services of a new defender before the end of the winter transfer window and are in advanced talks with Brazilian club Flamengo over a move for centre-back Pablo Mari who has been identified as a replacement for Callum Chambers.
However, according to Ukrainian outlet TEAM1, the Gunners have reached an agreement with Matviyenko before the winter transfer window ends.
The report suggests that the Gunners are now deciding whether to push ahead with a move for Matviyenko or to bring in Mari instead.
Last week, it was reported that Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has played a key role in the Gunners move for Matviyenko and recommended the 23-year-old to Manchester City during his time with Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Spanish manager has already seen Matviyenko in action twice this campaign when Shakhtar played City in the Champions League.
However, the Gunners have appeared closer to securing the services of Mari after he arrived in London with the North London club’ technical director Edu on Saturday.
The Spanish centre-back finalised his medical over the weekend, however, has made a return to Brazil on Monday with the Gunners being unable to agree on a deal with Flamengo.
The Brazilian team are unhappy after the Gunners changed the terms of the agreement as they switched from a permanent transfer to a loan.
Mari is believed to be keen on joining the Gunners and that has played a vital factor in negotiations with Flamengo.
Arsenal keen on to sign 28-year-old Premier League defender
Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly lodged a late £5m bid for Southampton full-back Cedric Soares.
The North London club have been strongly linked with bringing in defensive reinforcements before the end of the January transfer window. However, they are yet to finalise a deal despite reported interest in Pablo Mari, Dayot Upamecano, Layvin Kurzawa and Jerome Boateng.
A season-ending injury to defender Calum Chambers has increased Mikel Arteta’s desire to strengthen his squad, with a new full-back required and has been on top of Spaniard’s wishlist.
Injuries to the likes of Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have forced Spaniard to play academy graduate Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as emergency full-backs on numerous occasions this term.
The Daily Mail claims that the Gunners have now made a £5m offer for Portuguese defender in an attempt to solve their defensive issues, with the Portugal international able to play on both flanks at the defensive end.
The 28-year-old has been a vital player for the Saints this campaign, making 16 Premier League appearences, however, the Saints are believed to be on the brink of signing Kyle Walker-Peters on loan from the Spurs.
Cedric’s deal at St Mary’s also expires at the end of the current campaign, meaning that they could be tempted into cashing in him.