Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners monitoring Kostic, Xhaka to Roma LATEST, Arthur 'advanced talks', Vlahovic UPDATE

ARSENAL are reportedly interested in signing Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Gunners are desperately short of options in the heart of midfield, especially after Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny left for AFCON duty.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has also landed West Brom sensation Lino Da Cruz Sousa, 16, who plays at left back and has been tipped for a bright future.

In other transfer news, the Gunners are set for a battle for the return of Aaron Ramsey, with Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Everton all interested in the Welsh midfielder.

And Arsenal are also monitoring the situation of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches.

And we've the very latest on the Gunners interest in both Youri Tielemens and Dusan Vlahovic.

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    The latest name linked to the Emirates is almost as big as Sunday's derby at Tottenham!

    Youri Tielemans’ agent is reportedly in talks with the Gunners.

    Leicester's Belgium midfielder would represent an upgrade on many of the names suggested for filling one of Mikel Arteta's problem positions.

    And tis month would be the Foxes' last month to cash in as Tielemans is out of contract at the end of the season.

    But Liverpool too have been linked with the ex-Monaco ace, 24.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal and West Ham have been monitoring Eintracht Frankfurt left-winger Filip Kostic.

    Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are also trailing the 29-year-old, whose contract expires in 18 months.

    Juventus are tipped to stop 21-cap Brazilian Arthur joining the Gunners on loan unless they sign a replacement midfielder.

    It's claimed £15m-rated Emirates anchorman Granit Xhaka is Roma’s No1 summer target.

    And finally Arsenal rejected Rangers’ bid for defender Harry Clarke before loaning him to Hibs.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juve to block Arthur loan move to Gunners

    Juventus will not allow Arthur to join Arsenal on loan until a replacement midfielder is found.

    That’s according to Goal in Italy, who report Juve are happy for the deal to go through when a replacement is sourced.

    It’s claimed the Gunners are currently in advanced talks to sign Arthur on a loan deal until the end of the season.

    Mikel Arteta is following through on his promise to sign ‘world-class’ players, according to reports.

    But a move still hinges on whether Juve can find a replacement for the Brazilian midfield man.

  • Ian Tuckey

    S-Mart award

    Gabriel Martinelli was rewarded for his dynamic December with the monthly Gunners' gong.

    The Brazilian's form suggests he is more likely than ever to be part of the answer in boss Mikel Arteta's search for a long-time successor to 30-something strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Hammers and Gunners eye Filip

    Arsenal and West Ham are keeping tabs on highly-rated Eintracht Frankfurt star Filip Kostic, reports suggest.

    According to Calciomercato, the Gunners and the Hammers have entered the transfer war for Kostic, who has gathered immense interest from several clubs around the continent.

    Credit: Getty

    The 29-year-old’s contract expires in 18 months, which means Arsenal and West Ham could also push for a cut price as Eintracht are facing the risk of losing him for free in June 2023.

    Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Sevilla AND Atletico Madrid are also all keen on the Serbian international.

  • Ian Tuckey

    AF-CONNED: Re-writing history

    Mali’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Tunisia ended in farce as the referee blew the final whistle too early, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    The Tunisians, trailing 1-0 at the time, were left completely incensed as Zambian official Janny Sikazwe blew up with the clock at 89:48.

    Bafflingly he’d also appeared to blow for full-time in the 86th minute… before waving play on.

    The half hadn’t been short of action – with penalties awarded for both sides, while El Bilal Toure was sent off for Mali.

    Tunisia thought they’d get a fair chunk of added time in which to try and equalise – but Sikazwe had other ideas.

    The Eagles of Carthage were eventually invited to finish the game by tournament organisers, but furiously declined with press conferences having already started.

    The incident got us thinking – what would have happened if this blunder had happened in other huge games down the years?

    Let’s run through seven of the most interesting examples.

    BAYERN WIN 1999 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    MAN UTD WIN PREM IN 2012
    LIVERPOOL WIN 1989 TITLE
    WEST HAM WIN 2006 FA CUP
    ENGLAND FAIL TO REACH 2002 WORLD CUP
    CHELSEA REACH 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
    AJAX REACH 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

    CLICK HERE FOR A RUN-DOWN ON THOSE MOMENTOUS FINISHES

  • Ian Tuckey

    Youri seller?

    Youri Tielemans' agent is in talks with Arsenal over a huge move for Leicester's Belgium midfielder.

    That's the claim from Goal – suggesting an upgrade in the Gunners' targets for one of their problem positions.

    Tielemans is out of contract at the end of the season, so this month would be the Foxes' last chance to cash in.

    Liverpool have also been linked with the ex-Monaco ace, 24.

    Credit: Getty

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners snubbed Rangers bid for Clarke

    Arsenal rejected Rangers' bid to sign young defender Harry Clarke – before sending him to Hibernian on loan.

    The Gunners cut short the 20-year-old star's season-long loan at Ross County last week.

    And just days later, Mikel Arteta and Co shipped the former Ipswich academy star on loan to their Scottish Premiership rivals, Hibs.

    Clarke played for Arsenal in the 2-1 pre-season defeat at the hands of Hibernian last summer.

    But he clearly impressed enough to land an 18-month deal at the Edinburgh giants.

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Emirates chiefs rejected a permanent transfer bid from Rangers for Clarke before shipping him off to Easter Road.

    But Clarke's season-and-a-half loan deal in the Scottish capital includes TWO break clauses.

    That means Arsenal can recall Clarke either in the coming summer or in January 2023.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Mourinho eyes Granit

    Granit Xhaka is Roma’s No1 summer transfer target, according to reports.

    A £15million transfer collapsed in the summer so he ended up staying at the Emirates.

    However, Roma boss Jose Mourinho remains a huge fan of the 98-cap Swiss international, even telling him to ‘get the jab and be safe’ hours before testing positive for coronavirus in September.

    Xhaka is thought to be the ‘first name’ on his wish list.

    And according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho and Roma will go back in for him at the end of the season.

    That is despite the fact Xhaka signed a new Gunners contract in August until 2024.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lauren – 'striker situation needs addressing'

    Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this month.

    And former Gunners hero Lauren reckons the club need to bring in a striker to ensure Champions League qualification.

    As quoted by Caught Offside, Lauren said: "After a slow start, the team are now in a Champions League position, which is a testament to the job Arteta and his players have done over the past few months.

    "The season is going well; I just hope it continues that way. I believe they’ll qualify for next year’s Champions League.

    "If Arsenal want to increase their chances of securing a Champions League spot this season – something I believe is very important for the club – then the striker situation needs addressing."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Bellerin speaks on his future

    Hector Bellerin is currently on a season long loan at La Liga side Real Betis.

    He's scheduled to return to Arsenal at the end of the campaign, but it's still not clear what the Gunners have planned for Bellerin when he links back up with the squad.

    Takehiro Tomiyasu's excellent form means Bellerin would be unlikely to be Mikel Arteta's starting right-back, but the 26-year-old would provide valuable cover.

    Bellerin said, via Estadio Deportivo: "I’m on loan for a year, I do not know if I will have the opportunity to stay longer or not and at the moment it’s until June.

    "I’ll take advantage of it and enjoy it to the fullest and the best way is by winning, so I hope to continue in this line.

    "I try to enjoy my life from day to day and hope that we finish as high as possible."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arthur deal hinges on replacement

    Juventus will not allow Arthur to join Arsenal on loan until a replacement midfielder is found.

    That's according to Goal in Italy, who report Juve are happy for the deal to go through when a replacement is sourced.

    It's claimed the Gunners are currently in advanced talks to sign Arthur on a loan deal until the end of the season.

    Mikel Arteta is following through on his promise to sign ‘world-class’ players, according to reports.

    But a move still hinges on whether Juve can find a replacement for the Brazilian midfield man.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners in Kostic transfer tussle

    Arsenal and West Ham are keeping tabs on highly-rated Eintracht Frankfurt star Filip Kostic, reports suggest.

    According to Calciomercato, the Gunners and the Hammers have entered the transfer war for Kostic, who has gathered immense interest from several clubs around the continent.

    The 29-year-old's contract expires in 18 months, which means Arsenal and West Ham could also push for a cut price as Eintracht are facing the risk of losing him for free in June 2023.

    Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Sevilla AND Atletico Madrid are also all keen on the Serbian international.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Martinelli Player of the Month

    Gabriel Martinelli has been crowned as Arsenal's Player of the Month for December.

    The 20-year-old was voted for the award by Gunners fans after a stellar last month of 2021.

    Martinelli bagged three goals and provided a further two assists in six Premier League games in December.

    Martin Odegaard came second in the vote, with Bukayo Saka third.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Winterburn – poor performances 'too frequent'

    Nigel Winterburn, who played 440 times for Arsenal, believes performances like the one seen at Nottingham Forest remain 'too frequent'.

    A toothless Gunners team were beaten 1-0 by Championship promotion hopefuls.

    Nigel Winterburn was speaking to Paddy Power and said: "It was a bad day.

    Although there has been progress at Arsenal, those bad days are still too frequent and the difference between the poor performances and the good ones is way too big. 

    "It just looked like we were outfought and the level of performance from everyone wasn’t good enough and they didn’t have anyone who could stand up to the challenge and drive the team forward."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Guimaraes 'something good for Arsenal'

    Former Arsenal man Emmanuel Petit has labelled Gunners target Bruno Guimaraes as a 'very talented player'.

    He told Bookmakers.co.uk: "Bruno Guimaraes is a very talented player. He is a physical guy with very good technique, vison and mentality.

    "But, Arsenal have been targeting players in the midfield position for the last 10 years and so many of them have come to the club only to leave again after two years.

    "So, they need to be very, very careful about the profile of the players they look for.

    "I believe Guimaraes could be something good for Arsenal, just like his teammate at Lyon, Lucas Paqueta – who is a very good player as well.

    "But, I still don't know what both of them can do at the highest level. I know they have the quality to play at that level, but to do it week after week, I'll have to be convinced they can do it."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners planning January clear out

    Arsenal are reportedly set to offload THREE more players in the January transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks to raise funds.

    And, according to The Mail, that could be made easier by the sale of Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac.

    Keeper Leno has been ousted from the Gunners starting line-up since the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale in the summer.

    Mari has not played a single minute of Premier League football since being schooled by Romelu Lukaku in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea back in August.

    And Kolasinac has seen just one minute of Prem action since starting in the Gunners' disastrous 5-0 defeat to Manchester City five months ago.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Klopp comments on Arsenal postponement

    Arsenal's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool was postponed last week due to suspected Covid-19 cases in the Reds' camp.

    However, it's now come to light that a number of the results were actually 'false positives'.

    When asked to comment on the matter, Jurgen Klopp said: "What do you think I mean when I say 'false positives'?

    "It's a positive test result and when you are able to do a re-test, one day later, you get a false positive test, as the result was negative.

    "So then, third test but you cannot use the players. They are the rules."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Roma reignite Xhaka transfer interest

    Granit Xhaka is Roma's No1 summer transfer target, according to reports.

    A £15million transfer collapsed in the summer so he ended up staying at the Emirates.

    However, Roma boss Jose Mourinho remains a huge fan of the 98-cap Swiss international, even telling him to 'get the jab and be safe' hours before testing positive for coronavirus in September.

    Xhaka is thought to be the 'first name' on his wish list.

    And according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho and Roma will go back in for him at the end of the season.

    That is despite the fact Xhaka signed a new Gunners contract in August until 2024.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners advanced talks for Arthur

    Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Juventus star Arthur on loan as Mikel Arteta follows through on his promise to sign 'world-class' players, according to reports.

    The Gunners are desperately short of options in the heart of midfield, especially after Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny left for AFCON duty.

    Arteta was forced to pick youngster Charlie Patino and Albert Sambi Lokonga for the 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

    And the Emirates boss is working to fix his midfield woes this month with a swoop for ex-Barcelona star Arthur, according to RMC Sport.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Wilder speaks on Balogun signing

    Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has revealed he is 'delighted' with the deal to sign Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun.

    Balogun will spend the rest of the season on loan with the Championship promotion hopefuls, in a bid to help fire them to the Premier League.

    Wilder said: "We’re delighted to get Flo in. He’s a player I’ve known about for a long time and we identified him as someone who could come in and improve us in the second half of the season.

    "He has great movement, good pace, and he’s a natural finisher. We’re looking forward to working with him."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Guimaraes not ruling out move

    Arsenal target Bruno Guimaraes has insisted he is focussed on propelling Lyon up the Ligue 1 table.

    But the Brazil international also admitted he is yet to discuss a new contract with his current employers.

    He told Globo Esporte in Brazil: “It’s normal to be mentioned like this when you are an Olympic champion, have been called up for the national team and are performing well individually.

    “But I don’t really like to think about it. I let my agent manage that.

    “There has been a change in management. We talked about it briefly when (ex-sporting director) Juninho was at the club.

    “When the time comes, we’ll talk about it again. The focus now is to move up the rankings and put Lyon in the correct position.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Petit – top four distinctly possible

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal could even finish as high as third season after a difficult start to the campaign.

    He told bookmakers.co.uk: "Can Arsenal make the top four? If you asked me this question two months ago, I would have said it would be a miracle.

    "But, after what Arsenal have done in the last few months, they now have an opportunity. They had a terrible start to the season, but now – after six months of playing – they have the chance to qualify for the Champions League.

    "Now everyone is changing their minds. Confidence is back, so is the quality and I just hope they don't get any more injured players because that has been a big problem.

    "With what is happening to Chelsea at the moment, you can imagine them dropping even more important points and it has you thinking that maybe third place could be a target for Arsenal as well.

    "Honestly, the opportunity they have now is a gift for these Arsenal players, so they have to take it!"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Balogun in his new threads

    Folarin Balogun will join Middlesbrough in order to gain more first team experience.

    The 20-year-old is highly regarded at Arsenal, but will head out on loan to aid his development.

    Credit: twitter @boro
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Done deal – Balogun to Boro

    Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has officially joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old will link up with Chris Wilder's promotion contenders.

    And according to Fabrizio Romano, Boro will cover just 15% of his salary.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    NLD – Potential fourth spot decider

    Arsenal travel to bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday, in what could be a huge game in the race for Champions League qualification.

    That's according to former Gunner Nigel Winterburn, who while speaking to Paddy Power said: "Arsenal’s focus will solely be on the derby against Tottenham and there will be a lot of gloating going on from whichever team wins. 

    "I’m hoping it’s going to be my side of North London, but I know for certain that a win will help the squad.  

    "For a couple of days, you can bask in the glory of your team putting one over on your rivals and at this stage of the season, along with fourth spot being up for grabs, this could be a very significant game for both Arsenal and Tottenham.  

    "The one thing I’m slightly worried about is our midfield because Thomas Partey is away at AFCON, and Granit Xhaka has Covid, so I doubt he’ll be available."

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