Arsenal Round-Up: Transfer Blow, Message to Arteta, Inter Players on Radar

By | January 18, 2021

Arsenal handed massive blow in their pursuit of South American forward

Manchester United look set to beat Arsenal to the landing of rising Argentine star Thiago Almada, according to the latest reports.

The Red Devils are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign the winger from Velez Sarsfield and a deal could go through next month.

According to Todo Fichajes, the 19-year-old has a £23 million exit clause in his contract which the Red Devils have exploited.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a new crop of talented youngsters as the Norwegian looks towards the future.

Almada was linked with a transfer to Arsenal during the previous transfer market but boss Mikel Arteta was forced to tighten the purse-strings in the pursuit of the Ghana international Thomas Partey.

He was also thought to be close to joining Manchester City which fell through but a move to England appears closer than ever.

Thiago is one of the best attacking prospects in South America having netted ten times in 31 appearances this season.

Elsewhere, AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has allegedly attracted interest from North London pair Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old star has been instrumental in his side’s rise to the top of the Serie A table, notching up four goals and three assists in the league for the in-form Rossoneri this term.

The Ivory Coast international is under contract at the club until 2022, and Milan are supposedly working to try to tie Franck down to a new long-term deal following his strong displays.

However, Calciomercato claim that the Gunners and Spurs are both keeping a close eye on the current situation, and the two rivals are weighing up approaches for the ex-Atalanta man.

French defender sends message to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal exit

Arsenal defender William Saliba does not believe that Mikel Arteta gave him a chance to prove himself upon his arrival at the Premier League giants.

The 19-year-old cente-back recently completed a loan move back to the French top-tier with Nice after failing to make a single competitive game for the senior Arsenal team this campaign.

Saliba was thrown straight into Les Aiglons’ starting XI despite his lack of firs-team minutes in recent months, and the centre-back has admitted that he would have liked more opportunities to make a name for himself at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Saliba said: “The coach immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have had a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it’s like that.”

French defender has played the full 90 minutes on his Nice debut, however, he was unable to prevent Adrian Ursea’s men falling to a 2-0 loss to Brest on Wednesday evening.

The ex-Saint-Etienne defender is expected to make a return to Arsenal in the summer despite recent talk of a possible extension of his Nice contract until 2022.

Arsenal planning raid on Inter Milan following financial issues

Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly taking an interest in any potential transfer activity at Serie A giants, Inter Milan.

The Premier League teams are prioritising outgoings during January after making several big-money additions in the summer of 2020.

However, according to football.london, the London giants are keeping tabs on the situation at San Siro with Inter believed to be enduring financial issues.

Calciomercato reports that the Italian heavyweights are under pressure to raise funds over the coming weeks in order to pay player wages and other bills.

Italian giants have also missed out on receiving further funds from their participation in the Champions League after failing to qualify from the Group stage.

Milan Skriniar, Ivan Perisic and Christian Eriksen, are among the players who could be allowed to depart from the club before the end of the month.

Former Tottenham midfielder has been recently rumoured with a return to Premier League with both Arsenal and Chelsea thought to be keeping tabs on his signature.

Milan Skriniar has been also being tipped to make a switch to Premier League as Liverpool and Chelsea thought to be his favoured destination.