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Arsenal have to act swiftly in order to land Everton number nine

West Ham United are targeting a swoop for Everton’s £60m-rated forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to the latest reports.

The Irons are chasing the fourth spot in the Premier League after barely missing out on qualifying for UEFA Champions League football last term.

David Moyes is planning to bolster his options in the final third, with Michail Antonio the only senior recognised number nine in his squad.

The Sun state that Moyes is prepared to ‘push the boat out’ for Dominic, but the Toffees’ current valuation is too high for them.

If the club drop their price this month, or the summer transfer market, the Hammers will be ‘pushing to the head of the queue’ for him.

Dominic, who has missed large portions of the campaign with injuries, has also been mentioned with a move to Arsenal.

But Mikel Arteta’s side appear to be focusing their centre-forward search on Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, and have allegedly submitted an offer of £50 million plus Lucas Torreira for the 21-year-old Serbian.

However, the Gunners are yet to receive a response from Dusan’s agents, while the player is said to be holding out for a switch to Manchester City.

23-year-old Arsenal defender set for stint on the sidelines

Arsenal will be without defender Takehiro Tomiyasu for ‘a few weeks’ after the Japanese star sustained a calf problem ahead of the north London side’s draw against Burnley.

The club played out a 0-0 draw versus the Clarets on Sunday afternoon and Arsenal were without former Bologna ace at the Emirates, with centre-half Ben White filling in at right-back.

He has been a revelation since joining the Gunners and Arsenal have barely noticed the departure of the Spaniard Hector Bellerin, who joined Real Betis on a year-long loan last summer transfer window.

However, they may have to do without Takehiro for a while as Mikel Arteta has revealed he is set for a spell on the sidelines.

‘Tomi had an injury and we didn’t have anybody to play in that position against Liverpool,’ said the manager.

‘He needs to recover and look after himself, to try and be available as quick as he can. He will be out for a few weeks.’

The London giants squandered the opportunity, with the team lacking in ideas and appearing tired against Sean Dyche’s side.

The France international Alexandre Lacazette came the closest to netting the winner but the striker’s effort just narrowly missed the corner after youngster Emile Smith Rowe’s cutback midway through the second half.

Arsenal monitoring progress of £10m Championship starlet

Arsenal are understood to be interested in landing Djed Spence during the January transfer market.

He is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest and draw the attention of Mikel Arteta during their FA Cup match with the Gunners two weeks ago.

However, the Gunners will have to compete with Italian clubs Roma and Inter Milan as the pair are believed to be keeping tabs on him

They are said to be looking for reinforcements at the back as loanee Hector Bellerin could leave permanently this summer.

Therefore, the North London outfit have turned their attention to Djed – according to The Mirror.

The 21-year-old is believed to be rated around the £10 million mark by parent club Middlesbrough. However, any transfer during the winter transfer window will have to be clinched on a loan back basis.

This is because the 21-year-old has already played for the Boro this season. Therefore, the ace is unable to feature for a third club.

Arsenal will have to see off interest from I Giallorossi and I Nerazzurri – who are said to be keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old.

Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wanted to bring in the right-back from Middlesbrough last year but failed to do so. Therefore, he is poised to avoid the same fate with his Italian side.

Arsenal boss personally vetoed £26m move for then-Barcelona star

Tottenham Hotspur star Emerson Royal would have joined Arsenal from Barcelona last year, had manager Mikel Arteta not intervened at the very last moment to block the deal.

Spurs purchased the 23-year-old in a £26 million deal from Blaugrana in the final stage of the transfer market, having looked set to sign for the Gunners.

Hector Bellerin’s loan transfer to Real Betis meant the north Londoners were desperate to bring in a right-back and a poor start to the term had piled the pressure on Mikel.

However, the Spanish tactician held his nerve in the final days of the window and refused to cave to fans’ pressure to bring in new faces for the sake of it.

Edu, the club’s technical director, had led their bid for Royal and the transfer had been backed up by the data department, who suggested Emerson – at his price and age – was a good fit for Arsenal.

But Mikel disagreed and argued passionately with the Brazilian senior member that the move was wrong for the team, claim the Guardian.

Instead, he argued for the signing of the Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna and it is fair to say that the player has outshone the South American since the duo moved to north London last summer.

Chance for Arsenal to land highly-rated Brazil youth international

Arsenal have allegedly been encouraged to land young Brazilian shot-stopper Matheus Donelli.

The 19-year-old has Jorge Mendes as his entourage and his agents have pitched the highly-regarded goalie to Mikel Arteta’s side via a scouting report.

Bolavip Brasil states the Gunners have been watching the goalkeeper for a year and now have the opportunity to land him.

Arsenal icon Edu is the North London outfit’s senior member and a 19-page scouting document was sent his way in a bid to lure an offer.

The 43-year-old was previously at Corinthians, both as a director of football and a player, and likes to keep a close eye on his ex-club.

He has represented his country at the youth level, winning the Under-17s World Cup three years ago. The star made just one appearance for Timao in the Brazilian Serie A last year.

Corinthians current No1 is 34-year-old Cassio Ramos and Matheus was expected to start breaking into the senior team as his replacement but Donelli and Mendes are instead trying to push for a big transfer abroad.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has allegedly identified Inter Milan star and Arsenal transfer target Ivan Perisic as a possible January signing.

33-year-old free agent could be nearing surprise Arsenal move

Diego Costa has waved goodbye to the Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro after terminating his deal with them.

The 33-year-old only joined Antonio Mohamed’s side in 2020 after calling time on his second spell at Atletico Madrid.

But just five months into his stint at the Estadio Mineirao, the Spain attacker has parted company with the team and could now be heading back to the Premier League, with Arsenal reportedly thinking about a free transfer.

‘Today, officially, I say goodbye to Atletico. I would like to thank all Massa Atleticana for all the support and affection I received from the first to the last day,’ Diego wrote on Instagram.

‘Thank you so much for being part of my childhood dream of playing in Brazilian football and winning titles.

‘I would also like to express my gratitude to the entire technical staff, medical department, employees and especially to my teammates who helped me daily, always doing everything to make me feel comfortable.

‘The feeling that remains is gratitude to all of you Athleticans. Thank you and I wish you all the success in the world!!!’

Costa is said to have held informal discussions with the Gunners, who are on the hunt for a new number nine in January.

They face competition for the player’s signature, nevertheless, as Sao Paolo and Corinthians, along with Spanish team Cadiz, are also said to be interested.

Arsenal backed to reinforce squad with capture of Aston Villa No.11

Paul Merson has told Arsenal to attempt to land striker Ollie Watkins from the fellow Premier League side Aston Villa.

The Gunners are targeting a striker given the uncertain long-term futures surrounding their current players in the position.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was exiled from the first-team squad after being stripped of the club captaincy last month, while the contracts of Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are due to expire in the summer.

The club have been strongly linked with a swoop for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, with recent reports stating the London giants have offered £50 million plus loanee Lucas Torreira for him.

Watkins is another attacking player who has reportedly been earmarked as a target for the club.

Paul thinks the Villa have got a ‘superstar’ on their hands in Philippe Coutinho, but with the Brazilian star now at the Midlands outfit, he urged his former club to sign Ollie.

‘Aston Villa are crying out for a superstar. They have got one [Coutinho]. You don’t lose talent. You can’t teach that. That’s not taught,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘This lad carried Liverpool, at times. It’s the way Steven Gerrard plays him, let teams worry about him, rather him having to track back some average player back to his own box but, if I was Arsenal now, I would go and steam in to try and get Watkins. If I was Arsenal.’

Potential transfer to Roma for Arsenal midfielder still on the cards

Roma will allegedly reignite their interest in Arsenal star Granit Xhaka during this summer’s transfer market.

The Italian outfit were strongly linked with the 29-year-old midfielder last summer, but the Swiss remained at the Emirates Stadium outfit and penned a new deal until June 2024.

Granit has missed 10 Premier League matches this season because of a mixture of injury and suspension, but he has been a key player for the Gunners when available for selection.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, I Giallorossi boss Jose Mourinho is still poised to bring him to the club this year.

The report states that Xhaka is the ‘first name’ on the Portuguese tactician’s shortlist of summer targets, although it is unclear whether Mikel Arteta’s side’s valuation of the player is still £17 million.

He has scored 13 goals and picked up 21 assists in 232 appearances for his team since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach six years ago.

In other news, Arsenal are allegedly keen to pay any sum for Fiorentina’s attacking sensation Dusan Vlahovic in instalments if the club can convince the ace to move to London.

According to The Independent, the Gunners’ preference is to spread any payment over 4 years, rather than pay in the region of £62.5 million up front.

The report adds that La Viola would prefer most of the sum straightaway, presenting the possibility of a major stumbling block in talks.

French giants also in talks for sought-after Arsenal forward

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has allegedly emerged as an attacking target for five top European outfits.

Having failed to appear for his side since a breach of discipline at the back end of the last year, the north Londoners and Aubameyang are happy to part company during the January transfer market.

As it stands, nothing has come from reported interest from Newcastle United, but the Gabonese star is not short of suitors on the continent.

According to Sky Sports News, Les Parisiens head the list of clubs who have made an enquiry for the 32-year-old.

Marseille, Juventus, Sevilla and AC Milan are also said to be ready to try to negotiate terms for him, who has less than 18 months remaining on his deal.

The Saudi Arabian side Al Nasr supposedly remain active in the chase for the player, too, having put together a loan offer with the obligation to buy.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are allegedly working on a deal to snap up New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner.

The 27-year-old star has 23 clean sheets to his name from 106 matches for his team, recording five shutouts in 28 outings during the regular 2021 MLS term.

Amid rumours of Bernd Leno’s possible exit, the Evening Standard states that the Gunners are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for the USA international.