Arsenal retain interest in Norwich prized asset ahead of January window

David Ornstein reports that PL giants Arsenal are one of a few clubs keeping an eye on Ben Godfrey this campaign.

Borussia Dortmund and Lyon have both ‘made checks’ on the 21-year-old defender. Meanwhile, Gunners and Spurs are showing interest from England.

This is not the first mention of Arsenal’s interest in Ben. Scouts watched the centre-back all the way back in February, according to reports at the time.

The big problem is that Norwich City value him at around £50m. They’ve seen the likes of Harry Maguire moving for £85 million and EFL Championship defender Adam Webster transfer for £20 million.

As a result, the club’s management have raised their asking price. Around Norwich City, the belief is that Ben will become an elite defender.

Right now, he is part of a struggling Canaries team fighting relegation. The club are four points away from escaping the relegation area with a goal difference gap of 12 to make up.

There’s a long way to go this campaign, but the club are probably going to struggle to command a £50 million fee from the English second tier. They need to get their act together or the top clubs will pounce.

In other news, Il Mattino reports that Napoli are lining up an offer of £21m for Arsenal’s all-around midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The report claims that the Serie A side, who recently sacked Carlo Ancelotti as head coach, were interested in a loan move during the January transfer market, but the Gunners are improbable to agree to those terms.

AC Milan are also said to be closely monitoring developments surrounding Uruguay international.

€30m-rated Arsenal target leaves his future with Italian giants in doubt

Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral has been quoted by the website JuveFC.com as saying that he has heard the rumours regarding his future, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur connected.

Merih has taken a strange path to the elite, as after being in the Fenerbahce youth ranks, the star headed to Portugal with Alcanenense and Sporting B.

After a brief stint back in Turkey with Alanyaspor, Merih was lured to Italy by Sassuolo, where his talent saw Juventus fork out €18m (£15m) to land him.

It looked like Merih was on a path to stardom after a nomadic start to his professional career, but Turkey international may be on the move yet again before even turning 22.

Juventus signed fellow defender Matthijs de Ligt in the summer, so Demiral has moved on the bench, making just one competitive appearance for Juve.

That has resulted in speculation about his future, with Bleacher Report claiming that Arsenal are keen on signing him, whilst Tottenham have made contact with his agents.

Juve may choose to take a quick profit on him in January, and the Turkish defender has been asked about his future with the Turin heavyweights.

Demiral has revealed that he has heard the rumours, but he is focused on giving 100% for the Old Lady, and will leave his future up to them.

And considering his lack of playing time, it does seem that Serie A giants would be willing to let him go, with the North London club duo set for battle.

“I heard these voices like you,” said Merih. “But as I said, one of my goals is to try to give 100% in my field performance in every game and training.

“As long as I do it, things are likely to be good for me. As always, I continue to focus on my work. Then my team takes care of the market,” Demiral added.

Napoli determined to bring Arsenal midfielder back to Italy

Napoli plan to offer £21m to Freddie Ljungberg’s Arsenal for Lucas Torreira if the North London outfit turn down their loan offer for the star, reports say.

Torreira fell down the pecking order at the Emirates before Unai Emery’s sacking and was frequently played out of his favoured defensive midfield position.

The South American has admitted this season has been difficult and the star now has to prove himself to interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.

Torreira has played 90 minutes in back-to-back PL games for the first time this season under Freddie, but Il Mattino claim Napoli will push forward with plans to land him in January.

Napoli will first test the Gunners’ resolve with a loan offer and should that be snubbed, the Italians are prepared to submit a £21 million offer.

The pursuit of Torreira will continue in spite of the exit of Carlo Ancelotti as manager this week.

Napoli named Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager and Lucas said his main goal for the future was to play.

‘My goal for the future is to play. I’m 23. All footballers want to play, to compete, to fight for your club. I want to help my team-mates to achieve our aims this season,’ Lucas said.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to land Chievo midfielder Emanuel Vignato.

While the 19-year-old ace has only contributed one goal from 12 matches in Serie B this season, a couple of high-profile clubs have been connected with an approach for the playmaker.