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.
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.”
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.