Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Bruno Guimaraes £40m, Dusan Vlahovic UPDATE, Coutinho joins Villa on loan, Aubameyang LATEST

ARSENAL are said to be battling with Everton for £40m-rated midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Meanwhile, former Gunners target Phillipe Coutinho has joined up with Steven Gerrard on loan at Aston Villa.

Elsewhere on the transfer front, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly set to be offloaded with Europe's top clubs urged to sign the Gabon star.

And the forward has suffered a further setback, testing positive for Covid-19 after arriving to play for his nation at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, we've got the very latest on Arsenal's interest in Fiorentina goal machine Dusan Vlahovic.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    Pat on the back

    Patrick Vieira has talked up the talents of Aaron Ramsey and Eddie Nketiah – but remained coy over the possibility of signing either player.

    He said: “When you look at (Ramsey’s) pedigree and experience, I think he would improve a lot of teams in the Premier League.

    “I like the player, like a lot of players. He’s a terrific player and I think he can do well for teams in the Premier League.

    “(Nketiah) is just the same as Aaron. It looks like Aaron wants to come back to the Premier League.

    “There’s not much to say about those players but for us, what is really important is really concentrating and focusing on the players we have.

    “We are always looking to improve the team, but the two names you mention, they are good players, no doubt about it, but at the moment we are focusing on the game tomorrow and about how we can go to the next round.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Ferdinand praise for Arsenal pair

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand praised Arsenal stars Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.

    Ferdinand said: “I have to say, the first half from Arsenal [against Manchester City] was the best I’ve seen for years.

    “If thats a sign of things to come then you guys have some good stuff coming.

    “[Bukayo] Saka and [Gabriel] Martinelli, they just bullied and scared the life out of the City team.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Burnley keen on Aaron Ramsey

    Burnley say they would be interested in a swoop for Juventus star Aaron Ramsey if they could make it work financially.

    The Arsenal icon, who pockets £400,000-a-week, has been told he can leave the Turin club this month and is eyeing a return to the Premier League.

    Reports in Italy say he has already turned down a switch to Turf Moor as he wants to wait and see what other offers come in.

    Burnley assistant boss Ian Woan said he was not aware of an offer going in but did not rule out making a move.

    He said: "Our financial parameters are well known and obviously Aaron Ramsey would be a really good asset for us.

    "He is a very talented player but as I sit here now, it is the first I've heard of it. But yes a player of his talent, you’d always be interested in – absolutely.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Five to look out for

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has tipped Charlie Patino for stardom following his goalscoring debut for Arsenal.

    Gushing BT Sport pundit Ferdinand labelled his YouTube highlights a 'joke'.

    Patino hit the headlines after bagging just minutes into his first senior outing against Sunderland last month.

    But he is by no means the only teenager to watch out for in 2022.

    SunSport's Etienne Fermie runs the rule over the Premier League's most promising wonderkids to keep your eye on this year, including United ace Anthony Elanga.

    Click HERE for more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FA Cup prize money cut

    THIS season’s FA Cup winners will earn £3.4m – barely half what Arsenal bagged for lifting the trophy in 2020.

    For the third year running, the FA’s prize fund has stayed at a total just under £16m.

    That aggregate was cut in half in 2020-21 as a result of the pandemic and its effects on Wembley finances.

    And it means a Prem club going all the way this term will pick up £3.412m for going all the way.

    National League North Kidderminster, the lowest-ranked side still in the competition, have already made £75,004 for their run from the second qualifying round.

    The other three minnows, National League trio Chesterfield, Boreham Wood and Yeovil, have earned £66,004 while the 16 remaining clubs from Leagues One and Two picked up £56,629 in progressing from the first round proper.

    All this weekend’s third round winners will get £82,000, with prize money going up at each stage until the Wembley showpiece in May is worth £1.8m for the victors and £900,000 for the runners-up.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Potter warns suitors off Lamptey

    Graham Potter says Brighton must be on their guard should any of the bigger boys come calling for their stars this window.

    Tottenham hold a strong interest in £50million Tariq Lamptey, who is also interesting Arsenal.

    Potter said: “I’d expect all of our players to be with us (at the end of the window). There’s a lot of speculation out there but nothing to report.

    “You never know what the window brings in terms of whether anything comes from the outside, which you have to factor in, we’re open to that. 

    “We’re not a selling club at all, we don’t have to sell anybody. But you never know in this world, so you have to be a little bit aware of that.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Arsenal in for Vlahovic

    Arsenal want to use Lucas Torreira as part of a swap deal for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic but don’t expect to make any major signings this month.

    Serbian international Vlahovic, 21, has been identified as a potential long-term Emirates replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

    And the Gunners are hoping that Torreira’s successful loan spell with the Serie A club can help swing a deal their way.

    Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano is keen to keep the Uruguayan midfielder who has emerged as a key player for his team this season.

    Arsenal are prepared to let them have Torreira for around £12.5million – or as part of a deal for £45million-rated Vlahovic.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Phil your boots at Villa

    Aston Villa have had a loan offer for Barcelona outcast and Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho accepted, according to reports.

    The Brazilian has struggled for game time since joining the Catalan giants for £145million in 2018.

    This term, Coutinho has just two goals in 16 games for Barca, who have been trying to shift him off the books for some time.

    And now according to talkSPORT, Coutinho will link-up with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at Villa.

    The 29-year-old will join on an initial loan deal.

    Coutinho's expected move back to England is expected to be announced on Friday.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Arsenal in anti-knife crime collaboration

    Arsenal will remove the red from their shirt when they face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday.

    The decision has made made to raise awareness about knife crime and youth violence.

    A tweet from Arsenal read: "No more red. Last year saw a record number of teenagers murdered in London.

    "It's time to make a real change, through real action. Our white shirt is not for sale, not for profit. No More Red."

  • Jake Lambourne

    Emirates exit for defensive duo

    Arsenal will consider transfer offers for Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers this month, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is looking to raise funds to spend on new arrivals at the Emirates.

    And according to Sky Sports, the two defenders are deemed surplus to requirements in North London so might be sold in January.

    Neither player has featured in the Premier League since August.

    Both started the opening-day defeat to Brentford before one each in the losses to Chelsea and Manchester City.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Orient goalkeeper slams Arsenal postponement

    Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has blasted the decision for Liverpool's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal to be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Anfield club.

    Liverpool's trip to Arsenal has been rescheduled, whereas Leyton Orient were forced to forfeit their place in the tournament last season.

    The League Two club were scheduled to take on Tottenham in round three of the Carabao Cup in September 2020, but after returning a number of positive Covid-19 cases Spurs were handed a bye into the next round.

    Leyton Orient lost out on as much as £100,00 after losing their place in the tournament, as the game was originally due to be televised.

    And Vigouroux, 28, who spent time at Liverpool as a player, has slammed the decision for the Reds' trip to Arsenal being rescheduled, not forfeited.

    Reacting to the announcement on Twitter, Vigouroux wrote: "Interesting when we were in the same position before a Carabao Cup tie against Spurs last season?"

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Gunners fans

    Arsenal will reportedly battle Barcelona for Portugal star Renato Sanches.

    French media claim the Lille star could leave for as little as £25million this month.

    Mikel Arteta is a long-term admirer and is keen to bring Sanches to England.

    But Barcelona claim they are back in business with star transfers and hope to lure Sanches to the Nou Camp instead.

    Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being encouraged to join St. Etienne by former team-mate Bakary Sako.

    Sako said: "I am trying to attract him.

    "Wouldn't you like to see Aubameyang back at St Etienne? We all feel the same. I am very serious when I tell him to come, even if it is in a joking tone.

    "I don't know if it is possible, but I hope he will respond favourably.

    "It is difficult because he has been at Arsenal for a long time, it is not easy to leave London."

    Finally, Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign highly rated Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

    The Evening Standard both Everton and Newcastle have joined the Gunners in the race to sign the 24-year-old.

    But Lyon do not want to let Guimaraes leave and will demand at least £40million.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arsenal's most expensive signings ever

    It's transfer season and Arsenal are in the market for new signings.

    But will Mikel Arteta break the club's current transfer record, which stands at £72million for Nicolas Pepe?

  • Anthony Chapman

    Maitland-Niles close to Roma loan

    Roma chief Tiago Pinto admits a loan move for Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles is almost done.

    But he distanced the club from links with Porto's Sergio Oliveira.

    Pinto said: "Yes we are close to signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal.

    "Oliveira? I can't say anything at the moment."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Ferdinand tips Isak for Arsenal

    Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal to splash the cash on Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak.

    Ferdinand said: "He will be a good signing. Another young talented player.

    "He has done really well in the Euros for Sweden, I thought. He is a talented player."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arsenal's biggest ever club sales

    Mikel Arteta looks set to let several Arsenal players leave this month.

    But will anyone bring in as much as Marc Overmars' £36million?

  • Anthony Chapman

    Everton join Arsenal in battle

    Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign highly rated Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

    The Evening Standard both Everton and Newcastle have joined the Gunners in the race to sign the 24-year-old.

    But Lyon do not want to let Guimaraes leave and will demand at least £40million.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Aubameyang tipped for French move

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being encouraged to join St. Etienne by former team-mate Bakary Sako.

    Sako said: "I am trying to attract him.

    "Wouldn't you like to see Aubameyang back at St Etienne? We all feel the same. I am very serious when I tell him to come, even if it is in a joking tone.

    "I don't know if it is possible, but I hope he will respond favourably.

    "It is difficult because he has been at Arsenal for a long time, it is not easy to leave London."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Balogun set for Boro loan

    Arsenal are expected to loan out Folarin Balogun to Middlesbrough, according to reports.

    The striker, 20, has made four first-team appearances this season but Arsenal are keen for him to get more experience playing at senior level.

    And talks between the Gunners and Middlesbrough are now at an advanced stage, reports The Express.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arsenal's impressive trophy cabinet

    Arsenal boast an impressive number of trophies, with their last coming in the form of the 2020 FA Cup.

    However, the Premier League title hasn't been won since 2004.

    Is Mikel Arteta the man to lead Arsenal back to the top?

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arsenal fined for red mist

    Arsenal have been fined £20,000 for losing their heads after Gabriel was sent off vs Manchester City.

    The Brazilian defender was given his marching orders in the 2-1 defeat against the Cityzens after receiving two quick bookable offences.

    Arsenal were hit with an FA charge on Wednesday for 'failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion'.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arteta training return after Covid

    Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal a much-needed boost by returning to training after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The Gunners boss missed the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on New Year's Day having been forced to isolate at home due to Covid.

    But he will be back on the touchline when the North Londoners face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday in their FA Cup third round tie.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arsenal and Barcelona eye Sanches

    Arsenal will reportedly battle Barcelona for Portugal star Renato Sanches.

    French media claim the Lille star could leave for as little as £25million this month.

    Mikel Arteta is a long-term admirer and is keen to bring Sanches to England.

    But Barcelona claim they are back in business with star transfers and hope to lure Sanches to the Nou Camp instead

  • Anthony Chapman

    Patino set for Arsenal start

    Charlie Patino could make his full Arsenal debut in the FA Cup this weekend.

    Arsenal are facing a midfield crisis for the clash with Nottingham Forest.

    And Mikel Arteta could turn to wonderkid Patino after he made his bow off the bench against Sunderland last month.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Most valuable Premier League teams

    It's transfer window time and clubs are readying their warchests for some mega spending.

    But how much they have to splash also depends on how much they have in the bank…

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