Arsenal’s semi-final against Liverpool in the EFL Cup has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outburst at Anfield. The Gunners will now face the Reds on the 13th of this month.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have made an offer of € 70 million for a Serie A star. Elsewhere, Marseille are interested in a Gunners defender.
On that note, here is a look at the most important Arsenal transfer stories on January 5, 2022.
Arsenal make a € 70 million bid for Dusan Vlahovic
Arsenal have made a € 70 million bid for Dusan Vlahovic, according to The Hard Tackle via Gazzetta dello Sport. The Gunners have also included Lucas Torreira in their attempt to convince Fiorentina to sell Vlahovic.
Vlahovic emerged as a target for Arsenal after a series of consistent performances recently. The Serb has been excellent for Fiorentina in recent times. His form has made him happy at a number of clubs around Europe, including the Gunners.
Arsenal are in a precarious situation with their current attacking strength. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been frozen out of the squad indefinitely and is likely to leave the Gunners soon. Eddie Nketiah also has a foot outside the Emirates. The London team is also expected to lose Alexandre Lacazette this year, with the Frenchman in the final year of his current contract.
As such, a new striker is the need of the time at Arsenal. The Gunners are willing to go all out for Vlahovic this month. The London team have made an offer of € 55 million plus Lucas Torreira for the 21-year-old.
Arsenal value the Uruguayan at € 15 million, making their entire offer worth € 70 million. The Uruguayan is currently on loan at Fiorentina, and has been impressive so far.
It was previously thought Vlahovic would be willing to end the current season with Fiorentina before taking a step back. However, the Serie A team is aware that they may not be able to charge a large fee to the player.
They are also eager to tie Torreira to a permanent deal. As such, the Serie A team could accept Arsenal’s proposal to Vlahovic.
Marseille are interested in Sead Kolasinac
According to The Daily Mail, Marseille are interested in Arsenal’s outcast Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian has been a peripheral person in the Emirates in recent times.
The Gunners plan to relieve him this month, with his current deal expiring this summer. Marseille are looking to take him to Ligue 1, but they could face competition from Watford and Bayer Leverkusen.
Newcastle United warned to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has warned Newcastle United about their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese international has been frozen out of the Arsenal squad due to disciplinary issues.
Magpies plans to secure his signature. In a talk with Football Insider, Phillips highlighted Aubameyang’s Jekyll and Hyde behavior.
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“If you look at his age too, he’s going to command a lot of money. I would worry if I were a Newcastle. I would be very, very careful. You do not know which Aubameyang shows up. If you knew, “that you got the Aubameyang we’ve seen before, so go for it. I just think, at this stage of his career, I would be very careful,” Phillips said.