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Arsenal vying for services of €15m-rated Brazilian attacker

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are keen on signing Arthur Cabral, but they are facing competition from city rivals Tottenham Hotspur among other sides, according to an exclusive report from TEAMtalk.

The media outlet are reporting that Mikel Arteta’s side are scouting the 23-year-old Brazilian forward.

Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United are among the teams who have watched the attacker in action in recent weeks.

The same report has claimed that the Whites wanted to sign him in the summer transfer market.

The West Yorkshire outfit were informed at the time that the ace was unlikely to be granted a work permit as Arthur was playing in the Swiss top flight.

The 23-year-old has netted as many as 20 goals already this campaign. Cabral has hit 11 goals and grabbed two assists in nine Super League matches.

The forward scored eight goals and picked up four assists in six Europa Conference League qualifiers and one goal in two ECL games.

The South American is a very talented striker and he is only 23. Therefore, he can only grow and develop as a centre-forward in the coming years.

Gifted defender will not return to Arsenal at midway point of term

Arsenal allegedly have no plans to recall centre-back William Saliba from his loan stint at Marseille early.

The 20-year-old star has established himself as a mainstay of Les Olympiens under manager Jorge Sampaoli and has already featured 10 times across all competitions during the 2021-22 term.

Considering his rapid rise and the Gunners’ lack of squad depth in the centre-half areas, rumours were circulating that William could have been recalled back to the Emirates in the January transfer window.

However, TF1‘s Julien Maynard quashed such speculation on Twitter, posting: “According to our information, despite some rumors, there is no question for William Saliba to leave OM this winter. The defender will remain Marseille at least until the end of the season.”

William is yet to make a senior team appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side, and his temporary move to Orange Velodrome represents his third loan away from Arsenal after previous stints with Nice and Saint-Etienne.

The France Under-21 international is due to see his Gunners deal expire in the summer of 2024, but the Spanish head coach reportedly plans to integrate him into the senior team next season.

Elsewhere, Premier League trio Arsenal, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping close tabs on in-form Basel’s Brazilian forward Arthur Cabral.

Arsenal monitoring 18-year-old Red Bull Salzburg star

Arsenal are reportedly now battling Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Red Bull Salzburg’s Roko Simic in a move worth around £7m plus bonuses.

That is according to The Sunday Mirror, who state that Arsenal are looking to move for Simic.

It’s stated that the striker is being compared to retired Mario Mandzukic in terms of being a powerful Croatian centre forward.

The 18-year-old prodigy was born in Italy as Roko is the son of ex-AC Milan defender Dario Simic.

After showing some potential at the Croatian side Lokomotiva Zagreb, Die Roten Bullen swooped in as the club look for another striking sensation.

He is currently on loan at feeder club FC Liefering, and the player has smashed seven goals in 10 matches to attract real interest.

Rumours of Mikel Arteta’s side wanting Simic come just days after their city rivals Tottenham were mentioned with a move.

Jeunes Footeux state that Spurs and West Ham United both interested in snapping up Simic.

Arsenal scouts reportedly feel that Simic would fit the Premier League ideally, telling the Spanish coach to make a move.

At £7m plus add-ons, Roko could be a bargain. Arsenal are not alone in the race for him though and will have to see off the aforementioned teams.

Arsenal on alert as league rivals eye €18m-rated Morocco defender

Leeds United have joined Arsenal and Roma in the hunt to sign Ajax star Noussair Mazraoui.

The 23-year-old has emerged as an important transfer target for the Whites, who are allegedly preparing an offer to land the out-of-contract right-back next year.

With his deal at de Joden arena rapidly expiring, the ace has hired super-agent Mino Raiola to orchestrate his next transfer.

Reports suggest that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are on the lookout for a new right-back, with the injured defender Luke Ayling their only recognised senior player in the role.

The Moroccan would provide healthy competition for the 30-year-old fan-favourite. whose deal expires in 2023.

However, clubs like Gunners and Giallorossi also reportedly keen on him, Leeds United will have to convince the entourage they are his best option.

Noussair has gone on to make 113 senior appearances for Ajax and has won the Eredivisie twice, earning him a call-up to his country’s national team.

Arsenal purchased Takehiro Tomiyasu in the summer to replace the Spaniard Hector Bellerin at right-back, who left the Emirates to join Real Betis on loan.

With Hector likely to leave permanently, Noussair would be signed as an understudy to provide competition for the Japan international.

Arsenal need to move swiftly in order to land Zenit contract rebel

French club Lyon are ready to submit an offer in January for Zenit Saint Petersburg star Sardar Azmoun, who has also been mentioned with a move to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

The 26-year-old attacker was heavily linked with a transfer away from Zenit last summer and had proposals from several sides on his table.

Les Gones and Tottenham were amongst the clubs who were keen on him last summer, but Sardar later revealed that the Russian outfit blocked his exit.

But his deal is set to expire at the end of the campaign and January could be the last chance for Sergei Semak’s side to recover a transfer from his sale.

And according to French source Foot Mercato, Lyon are willing to make another swoop for him in January and lodge a bid.

It has been stated that they are prepared to put in a proposal worth €7m to €8m for the Gunners target in the winter window.

With the Iran star showing no signs of signing a new deal, the Ligue 1 side are confident that Sine-Belo-Golubye will be ready to offload him in January.

The Gunners are also believed to be tracking him with a view to snapping him up for nothing next summer.

It remains to be seen whether either the Emirates outfit or Spurs consider making their own moves for him in January.

Ajax chief tipped to choose Arsenal return over transfer to PL rivals

Arsenal senior figure Edu has come under increasing criticism by fans in recent months.

The Brazilian technical director was appointed two years ago and has overseen a host of high-profile transfers, including the likes of tough-tackling midfielder Thomas Partey, club-record acquisition Nicolas Pepe and former Chelsea attacker Willian.

However, his ability to sell fringe players has often been lamented by Arsenal faithful, with the Gunners only receiving a significant sum from Newcastle United for youngster Joe Willock in the most recent transfer window.

Given they are desperate to get back into the UCL after a five-year hiatus, a number of supporters have begun to call for the South American to be replaced, with the likes of Ajax’s Marc Overmars mooted as a possible successor.

The footballing director has been linked with the aforementioned Newcastle in the latest days given the Magpies’ new leadership are reportedly keen to spend considerable funds to get their club competing for silverware in the coming seasons.

Marc is ‘open to the possibility’ of a transfer to St. James’ Park, according to The Times, but ex-Tottenham Hotspur star Rafael van der Vaart has stated that his compatriot would prefer a switch to the Emirates Stadium instead.

“He is doing so well, everyone wants him,” he told Dutch outlet De Telegraaf.

“I think it’s great what they’ve been doing for years with Edwin van der Sar (Ajax chief executive). It doesn’t surprise me (Newcastle want him).

“Maybe it’s a nice challenge at Newcastle United but I think he’d much rather go to Arsenal. He has more of a connection there. I don’t think he’s going to (join Newcastle).”

Former European giants academy graduate reappears on Arsenal radar

Arsenal are prepared to revive an interest in RB Leipzig playmaker Christopher Nkunku, according to the latest reports.

He has been on the Gunners’ radar for a number of seasons. Unai Emery was still their head coach when they first set their eyes on the Frenchman.

The Spaniard had worked with the player at Paris Saint-Germain and wanted to reunite with Nkunku in north London.

Ultimately, when departing the French capital, Christopher moved to Germany instead. He has been a Die Roten Bullen player since 2019 and has impressed in the Bundesliga.

His form means Arsenal have remained interested in him even after Emery’s departure two years ago. However, things went quiet in the summer transfer market.

Instead, over the latest months, the race for his signature has widened. Another former PSG coach, Thomas Tuchel, has been tipped to bring him to Chelsea.

There have also been rumours of interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, against whom Nkunku recently scored a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League.

But according to Calciomercato, the Gunners retain hope in the quest to land the versatile midfielder, whose contract runs until June 2024.

The Germans are in a strong negotiating position. Considering Nkunku’s goalscoring abilities from the middle of the pitch, too, they’ll be able to demand a decent fee for him.

Arsenal encouraged to secure signature of 21-year-old Bundesliga star

Former Arsenal shot-stopper Jens Lehmann has tipped Borussia Dortmund ace, Erling Braut Haaland, to switch to the Emirates Stadium next year.

The 21-year-old Norwegian is one of the world’s most in-demand strikers, with the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid monitoring the player’s situation.

Haaland is expected to depart the Bundesliga outfit in the summer of 2022 when his exit clause, valued at around £64 million, becomes active and Jens – who made 179 appearances for BVB between 1999 and 2003 – thinks the Gunners are contenders to land the attacker.

“[Haaland] already has an imposing stature; the force and height. Of course, he has to improve his [right] foot but I have never seen such a big, big player be so fast,” he told a German publication Bild.

“He’s still [at Dortmund]. There aren’t that many clubs where he can go and where he can make a difference. Maybe he could go to Manchester United or Arsenal, where he could bring a club back to the top.”

The former Red Bull Salzburg and Molde prodigy has scored 70 goals in just 69 matches across all competitions for the Signal Iduna Park side, including 13 strikes in 10 games thus far this campaign.