3pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Cavani for £26m, Mustafi lifeline, Djene £22m interest, Nketiah to stay at Emirates – The SunJanuary 16, 2020
ARSENAL are targeting a new name as Mikel Arteta looks to improve the club's defence.
Getage centre-back Djene has been mentioned, while Arteta is also said to be interested in James Maddison to bring creativity to the midfield.
Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip and updates below…
COUT OF ORDER
Barcelona are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to sign Arsenal target Yan Couto from Brazilian side Coritiba.
According to Globoesporte, Barca have stolen a march on the Gunners and Bayer Leverkusen in the race to land the 17-year-old right-back.
Couto is available for around £4.2milion.
MARC MY WORDS
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa gas aimed a dig at Arsenal after striker Eddie Nketiah was recalled by the Gunners.
He said: “About these new players in the team, I have done all the explanations, given all the information, the unfair treatment of Arsenal and Nketiah, the three of them to Leeds.
“When they choose Leeds, Leeds took an engagement to the Arsenal decision and Nketiah’s decision.
“They thought a lot about it. They choose us putting away other options they have. We did everything we said we were going to do.”
Darren Bent has urged his former employers Tottenham to sign Arsenal and Chelsea target Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “If they can get [Samuel] Umtiti, wow. He’s big, strong, powerful and good on the ball, and he’s someone [Jose] Mourinho can trust.
“He’s played in big games, won big competitions, obviously the World Cup which is a big one.
“If he’s been offered, that means he may not cost too much, so I’d snap their hand off.”
IN SHKOD WE TRUST
Mikel Arteta is urging Shkodran Mustafi to revive his ailing Arsenal career.
He said: “We haven’t talked about this (Mustafi’s future) internally, but I have known him since my time when I was at Everton.
“I know what he can do. I know his history at this club, but it is up to him.
“I told everybody from day one, ‘It is up to you guys… you show me how much you want it, you show me you are committed here, you are going to have a chance and it is going to come this week, next week or the following one’.
“They are all going to have the chance to play. After, it is up to them to show it.”
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