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Arsenal news round-up: Gunners on alert, RB Leipzig star linked, Mazraoui latest

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.

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 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.