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Serie A giants snubbed chance to snap up Spanish star before Arsenal move

AC Milan turned down the chance to bring on-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos to the Serie A for the campaign in the summer, according to the latest reports in Italy.

Ceballos eventually joined the Gunners on a season-long spell from Real Madrid and the 23-year-old star has impressed in his time with the Gunners thus far, appearing in all eight Premier League games while scoring once and assisting twice.

However, according to an Italian media outlet Calciomercato, AC Milan were offered the opportunity to take the playmaker out on loan but snubbed the opportunity to do so.

The source says that Rossoneri officials were in talks with Madrid over a potential deal, but ultimately the Serie A club missed out after attempting to force through a permanent move for Ceballos.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, didn’t want to lose the midfielder for any longer than the current season and so it was Arsenal who won the race for him in the end.

Ceballos has been stunning since moving to the Emirates and while Arsenal would be open to keeping the star at the club next summer, quotes that suggested Dani felt the same way were wrong, according to him.

Meanwhile, Arsenal star David Luiz believes the club can “fight” for the Premier League title this campaign.

As quoted on Sky Sports, David said: “For me, if you start something, and we’ve just started the Premier League and all of the competitions, if you don’t think you can win the competition then you won’t start anything in your life.

“I want to win titles with Arsenal. I want to improve and adapt myself for the style of Arsenal, as a club and how the manager wants us to play. I think we can do that together.”

Arsenal could be handed second chance to land rock-solid Bundesliga defender

Dayot Upamecano is becoming highly likely to leave RB Leipzig next summer, according to the German outlet Kicker.

The Arsenal target was heavily connected with a move to the Emirates during the previous summer transfer market.

The club were said to have failed with a €60m bid to sign him, but his release clause due to drop to the same figure in 2020.

Upamecano has been a long-term defensive target for the Gunners and they now know that they could land him for the same amount that they offer for him previously.

The defender’s exit clause reportedly drops by €20 million every year, making the player an affordable option for the Gunners as they seek defensive reinforcement.

Arsenal would be foolish not to try and land the player once again, especially considering the French ace William Saliba is due to link up with the first-team roster next summer.

The two French centre-backs, as well as Rob Holding, would offer the Gunners a long-term solution to their defensive struggles and give the backline a really exciting and youthful feel.

Meantime, Dani Ceballos has held discussions with Real Madrid owner Florentino Perez over his future.

According to El Desmarque, the 23-year-old star met with Florentino last week to discuss his future, and the midfielder is hopeful that he’ll be allowed to move to the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis next year.

The Spain international joined the Gunners on loan during the summer transfer market after being deemed surplus to requirements at Madrid for the 2019-20 term.

Arsenal rocked as Everton eye transfer of 22-year-old La Liga star

Everton are thought to be interested in the Athletic Bilbao’s central defender Unai Nunez.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are keen on the star as well. It will be interesting to see who makes the concrete move for the defender.

Nunez is highly rated in his native Spain and he would be a solid addition to Marco Silva’s back line.

Everton have struggled in the defence and they could do with someone like Unai.

The 22-year-old star is not a regular starter for his side and his suitors might find it easier to tempt the player right now.

The defender has a £30 million buy-out clause and both clubs can afford to pay that for a quality centre-back.

The likes of Silva and Emery could help Nunez fulfill his potential and move could be perfect for the player as well.

Both Arsenal and Everton are more ambitious and they have shown that they are prepared to spend money and build a side ready to challenge for the major honours.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal stopper Vito Mannone has taken a sly dig at the French manager Arsene Wenger by claiming he should have been handed more chances at the Emirates.

“I proved to Wenger I could be a goalkeeper in the Premier League. It’s a nice memory that I played for Arsenal, but I always think that I could have done more if I had more chances,” – said Vito.

“It was (Manuel) Almunia keeping me out in a moment when Arsenal didn’t have a stand-out goalkeeper, that’s why I thought I could have more chances.”

23-year-old Spaniard opens door to permanent Arsenal switch

Dani Ceballos is prepared to push for a permanent transfer to Arsenal in January after reportedly being informed he does not have a future at Real Madrid in a meeting with the club chairman Florentino Perez.

The Spanish star has enjoyed a strong start to life at the Emirates Stadium since joining on loan from Los Blancos over the summer, though had said during the international break that Dani still hopes to make the grade at his parent club.

But, according to a recent report from El Desmarque, Ceballos used his time back in his homeland to meet with Perez, with both parties agreeing that a permanent move to Arsenal makes sense.

Zinedine Zidane still doesn’t see a future for Ceballos in the Madrid midfield and the club are happy to let him leave if they receive a sum of around £34 million – triple what the Galacticos paid for him.

Ceballos is interested in getting his long-term future tied up as soon as possible and would ideally like to remain at the Gunners, having enjoyed his time under Unai Emery thus far.

He has asked Real to prioritise any bid from the Gunners over other clubs, though it remains to be seen if the Gunners will be ready to go to the negotiating table midway through the season.

In other news, Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has had his say on the German star Mesut Ozil’s current situation at the Gunners.

“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on. I was with Emery for three years in Valencia and I know him very well but I don’t know the day-to-day thing in Arsenal right now,” – Mata said.

“But, of course, Ozil is a creator, a player with a lot of great quality that I like watching.”

Arsenal surprisingly submitted offer for La Liga giants outcast

Arsenal have made an offer for a Real Madrid winger ahead of the January transfer market, but are set to face stiff competition from AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen claims a recent report in the Spanish media.

Lucas Vazquez is the star in question, with the Spain international’s long-term future apparently laying away from the Bernabeu with Brazilian wingers Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. set to be given further chances in the first-team over the course of the campaign under Zinedine Zidane.

The Gunners would seem to be a perfect landing spot for the 28-year-old to provide competition in the attacking roles for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and promising talents Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.

Vazquez has been an important component of Real Madrid’s rosters over the course of his tenure with the Galacticos, even scoring the first penalty of the 2016 UCL final shootout, but has rarely been able to nail down a starting XI place for any sustained period of time.

Now, a report from the Spanish outlet El Desmarque, (via Goal.com) claims that “Arsenal have made a bid for Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez ahead of the January transfer window”.

The report goes on to state that although Unai Emery‘s side are keen, Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen “lead the way” in the hunt to snap up Vazquez due to their desire to offer “the best wages” and are seemingly set to match Los Blancos’ asking price of €20 million.

€30m-rated Arsenal target in contract discussions with Bundesliga club

Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow after RB Leipzig confirmed they will hand a fresh contract to transfer target Lukas Klostermann.

The Gunners were connected with the 23-year-old right-back after allowing Stephan Lichtsteiner to depart the Emirates on a free transfer.

However, budget constraints saw the Spanish head coach Unai Emery target other areas of his roster instead.

But with Hector Bellerin yet to make a PL appearance this season, it was said that the club were preparing to move for Klostermann in January window.

But with Atletico Madrid also understood to be interested, RB Leipzig are set to take action by rewarding German star with an improved deal.

Sporting director Markus Krosche told a German outlet Bild: “We have said that we would like to extend Klostermann’s contract, and we are in talks.

“But we don’t feel any pressure. It’s important for me that you talk to the boys early enough for them to have time to think about it.”

The Gunners are keen on strengthening other areas of their team too.

It’s said that Unai is keeping tabs on Trabzonspor keeper Ugurcan Cakir, who is also being watched by Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle.

And playmaker Kai Havertz will seek negotiations with Germany boss Joachim Low as he mulls his long-term future at Bayer Leverkusen.

La Havre sensation Tom Cadoche is set to be at the heart of a transfer tug-of-war between Arsenal and Manchester United.

Entourage hand Italian giants chance to sign £5m Arsenal flop

One of Arsenal’s out-of-favour loanees has been offered to this Italian giants, the star was cast aside following the appointment of Unai Emery as manager.

According to an Italian daily sports newspaper Tuttosport, representative Sascha Empacher (owner of SPOCS sports consultants) was present at AC Milan’s headquarters, Casa Milan yesterday to discuss a few of his players.

Tuttosport state that the Serie A side management were offered the chance to sign Gunners midfielder Mohamed Elneny, the Egyptian is currently on loan at Turkish side Besiktas.

Mohamed joined the north Londoners just over three-and-a-half-years ago from a Swiss outfit Basel for a fee of £5 million during the legendary French manager Arsene Wenger’s reign, according to BBC Sport.

The holding midfielder was largely used as a rotation variant during his time in north London but it seemed that Unai included the Egyptian in the deadwood that the manager wished to clear from the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Emery has made three appearances in all competitions for Besiktas so far this campaign, the 27-year-old will be hoping to get some more first-team minutes under his belt so he can secure a permanent transfer to a top club.

Egypt international’s start to life in Turkey did not get off to the best of starts, Mohamed was sent off on his debut.

Elneny made over 85 matches for Arsenal across all competitions during his time at the Gunners.

Arsenal ahead of PL pair in race to bring Villarreal No.4 star to England

Arsenal are leading the hunt to sign Villarreal centre-half Pau Torres – but will face competition from Premier League giants Manchester City and Chelsea.

The 22-year-old star has been a revelation at Villarreal this campaign and was rewarded with a new five-year deal at the start of October, having made eight appearances in La Liga.

90min understands that the Gunners have already expressed a strong interest in Pau and they’re considering making a move for the star next summer.

Torres has a release clause in his deal of between €50m and €75m, though Arsenal will be hoping to seal a deal for less.

Unai Emery’s side first caught wind of Pau after being tipped off about the young Spanish by his teammate and former Arsenal fan favourite, Santi Cazorla.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also targeting Pau as they look to make improvements to their roster next summer, but Arsenal are in pole position for his signature.

Torres has only just begun to make a serious name for himself in European football, but the 22-year-old defender was a standout player on loan at Malaga last season and is now considered as one of his country’s most exciting defensive talents.

On top of a fresh five-year contract at the Estadio de la Ceramica, he’s also been rewarded for his displays in La Liga in the 2019/20 term by being called up to Robert Moreno’s senior national team. He did not feature regularly for Spain at youth level.

La Liga giants set to offer Arsenal midfield target new deal

Arsenal were reportedly prepared to make a move for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey over the summer but a potential deal didn’t materialise.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, cited by Sports Witness, Arsenal were interested in moving for the midfielder but decided against firming up their rumoured interest in what was a fairly productive window for manager Unai Emery.

And now, the same report claims that the La Liga heavyweights are desperate to offer the holding midfielder a fresh deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, which would see his £44 million exit clause significantly increase.

Madrid are hoping to agree to new terms with the Ghanian before the end of the year, and if the board do, it would make it extremely difficult for Arsenal to head back in for the 26-year-old star should they wish to do so.

He has been a consistent performer under manager Diego Simeone in recent campaigns, so a £44m move over the summer window could have been a shrewd piece of business.

Emery has placed his trust in club captain, Switzerland international Granit Xhaka along with youngsters Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock so far this campaign after failing to add to his defensive midfield options.

Partey would have brought a real physical presence to the Emirates Stadium, and the north Londoners could be made to regret their summer decision, especially if the midfielder pens fresh terms in Spain.