Arsenal accelerate plans to bring in highly-rated former Valencia chief

Arsenal have made contact with the former Valencia boss Marcelino to become their new head coach, SunSport understands.

The Gunners management are drawing up a list of possible targets to replace Unai Emery after swinging the axe last week.

The club confirmed that Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed interim manager while “the search for a new head coach is underway.”

One tactician on the shortlist is 54-year-old Marcelino who was dismissed from Los Murcielagos in September.

The Spaniard achieved above expectations in his debut campaign by guiding his club to fourth in La Liga while also lifting the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win over Barcelona – their first trophy in 11 years.

He was sacked just three games into the new season following a fallout with controversial chairman Peter Lim.

Before that he was at another Spanish club Villarreal where he achieved promotion to La Liga before going on to achieve three top-six finishes.

His achievements saw him connected with the Spain national role after Luis Enrique left his position in June.

Arsenal have not offered Marcelino a deal and have only made initial contact over the vacant role.

He has also been taking English classes since his sacking at Mestalla Stadium with the prospect of landing a Premier League job.

Other managers on the shortlist include former Juventus chief Max Allegri and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Napoli’s under-pressure tactician Carlo Ancelotti is in the running but his wage packet remains a stumbling block.

Arsenal offer Super Lig giants chance to sign Egyptian star in cut-price deal

Turkish outlet Fanatik report Besiktas are keen on making Mohamed Elneny’s move permanent after the star impressed with good form recently for the Super Lig outfit.

The Arsenal loanee has been one of the best players for Besiktas in the latest matches and Fanatik report he’s one of the main reasons why Besiktas are currently on a great run.

His partnership with Atiba Hutchinson in the middle of the pitch has been solid and the Turkish newspaper report the Black Eagles want him to remain with them beyond this campaign.

Besiktas’ technical staff have also applauded the Gunners loanee’s performances and given the green light to the club’s management to sign him permanently.

Fanatik claim Mohamed’s redemption clause is €18 million, but Arsenal could accept something in the region of €8 million as they don’t see him in their long-term plans.

The 27-year-old Egypt international has made 11 appearances for Besiktas across all competitions this season. His contract with the Emirates outfit will expire at the end of June 2022.

Meahwile, Inter Milan will reportedly launch an offer for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the January transfer market.

The Gabon international, whose deal expires in 2022, has been linked with a move away from the club over the summer.

Real Madrid, now looking to replace Karim Benzema, are understood to have expressed keen interest in acquiring the services of Aubameyang next year.

However, according to Tuttomercatoweb, Inter chief Antonio Conte is a big fan of Pierre-Emerick and will keep a close eye on his situation ahead of January.

Arsenal forward eyed by Inter as they want to further strengthen attack

Inter Milan are prepared to launch a January move for unsettled Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the latest reports.

The Gabon centre-forward has currently put contract negotiations on hold at the Emirates leaving his long-term future at the club unclear.

The 30-year-old star has a contract until the summer of 2021 but it is said he has grown disillusioned with life at the North London club following the Gunners’ worrying dip in form.

Arsenal, who netted twice in the 2-2 draw at Norwich City on Sunday, have failed to win in their last seven games and sit seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

With the likely prospect of another campaign without Champions League football, Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb write how Serie A table-toppers Inter are prepared to make a swoop.

Antonio Conte’s club are flying with 12 wins from their opening 14 matches and want another striker in an attempt to end Juventus’ dominance at the top.

Bianconeri have won the last eight league titles while Nerazzurri’s last reign at the top came in 2010.

Antonio already has a wealth of attacking options with £73 million centre-forward Romelu Lukaku forging a prolific partnership along with Lautauro Martinez.

The duo already have 18 league goals between them and Pierre-Emerick would add greater competition in the attack.

Inter are braced to face stern competition across Europe including from Spanish club Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Aubameyang will have just a year left on his deal at the end of the season and it’ll be the last chance for Arsenal to cash in or risk losing him for nothing.