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Arsenal news round-up: Club suffer setback, Guendouzi future, Luka Jovic targeted

Arsenal will have to pay in excess of reported price tag for January target

Club Brugge are reportedly unlikely to accept an offer of £20 million from Arsenal for Noa Lang.

Mikel Arteta’s side made significant additions to their roster in the summer transfer market in the shape of players such as Nuno Tavares, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale.

The Gunners are now interested in strengthening their squad further when the transfer window re-opens early in 2022 and have identified Club Brugge’s Lang as a possible recruit.

There have been claims that the Gunners are lining up a £20 million offer for the Netherlands youth international in the winter transfer market.

However, the Belgians would likely not accept a proposal of £20 million from the north London giants for Noa, according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

It is suggested that the board would want a figure more than that sum in order to let the prized asset, who recently signed a new deal running until June 2025, depart.

Lang was also strongly linked with a move to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Leeds United in the recently concluded transfer window, but Marcelo Bielsa’s side ended up signing Daniel James.

The 22-year-old attacker impressed at Blauw-Zwart last season and has carried his blistering form into the new term.

Impressive loan star seems unlikely to return to Arsenal next year

The local press in Marseille simply cannot get enough of Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi these days.

Praising the Frenchman after both his showings against Lokomotiv Moscow and Rennes, a newspaper La Provence are back at it again to speak highly of the midfielder.

Sent to the south of France because of his falling out with manager Mikel Arteta, the star isn’t really expected to return to the Gunners in the near future, and the outlet explains why.

It states Marseille have an automatic option to buy of €11 million, although they don’t say what would activate it, but it could simply be a number of appearances made for the senior team or European qualification.

What is apparent is how rapidly the Arsenal man has settled in the south of his homeland, and his connection with head coach Jorge Sampaoli and what the Argentine expects of him has been instantaneous.

This is why, according to the aforementioned publication, Guendouzi imagines himself remaining in the Provence region for many years.

Not only that, but Matteo’s brother, Milan, also joined Les Olympiens this summer, moving from GSI Pontivy to the side’s B team back in mid-July.

Real Madrid outcast emerges as Arsenal transfer target

Arsenal are linked with Serbia and Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, according to Eurosport.

The forward has had a horrible time at Los Blancos and is now being linked with a transfer away.

He was electric in the Bundesliga, for Eintracht Frankfurt. Now, though, he has been mentioned with a move to the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta’s side have netted just two goals in five Premier League matches so far. A new number nine would shake things up for them and Jovic fits the bill.

Jovic’s only 23-years-old and in spite of an early career blip at the European giants he has plenty of potential.

Fortunately for Arsenal, there is no way he will cost them anywhere near what the Spaniards paid for him. The club fork out £52.4m for him.

The Gunners will likely be able to get the player on a cut-price deal and be able to offer the Serbian much lower wages than his current ones.

Luka has barely featured for his team this season. After failing to impress the French manager Zinedine Zidane at Madrid, he has been unable to change his fortunes under the Italian tactician Carlo Ancelotti.

Across three La Liga matches this season he has only amassed 21 minutes.