Arsenal urged to strengthen midfield ranks with capture of Lille star

Former striker Kevin Campbell thinks Arsenal should consider a surprise move for Lille and Portugal star Renato Sanches.

The midfielder has endured a curious career, lifting two Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich and playing in the UEFA Champions League but also flopping on loan at ex-Premier League club Swansea City.

He only made 12 division appearances for the Swans, with then-boss Carlos Carvalhal saying he had a ‘very bad’ campaign and had ‘much to learn’ following the loan stint.

Renato has somewhat improved his reputation at Les Dogues and insisted earlier in the month he was prepared for a move to a top European side, with L’Equipe naming the Gunners and AC Milan as possible destinations for the 24-year-old.

Kevin believes he would be a ‘very good’ acquisition for his ex-club and can add experience and quality to Mikel Arteta’s midfield.

‘I think he would be very good if they can get him in. He’s suffered with injuries but he’s still young,’ he told Football Insider.

‘He’s a powerhouse in that midfield – he can pick the ball up, run, he can shoot, he can create. Having that power in the midfield can make a huge difference.’

Arsenal spent almost £150 million on a host of new players last summer but may be open to sealing more deals in the winter following the team’s progress under Mikel.

Ex-Arsenal boss has spoken to Gunners chief about possibility of returning

Arsenal senior member Edu says he has spoken with the iconic Frenchman Arsene Wenger and would like to see him back at the Emirates Stadium in some capacity.

He brought an end to his wonderful 22-year reign at the Gunners back in 2018, leaving as the longest-serving and most successful manager in the side’s history.

The 72-year-old tactician has since been acting as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, but there has been mounting talk Arsene could be on his way back to North London for a possible consultancy position.

The release of the documentary ‘Invincible’ and his presence at November’s star-studded premiere in the capital has only intensified speculation of a possible reunion.

Both Edu and Mikel Arteta got the chance to catch up with their former manager at the glitzy red carpet event and the Brazilian lifted the lid on the conversation in his programme notes.

‘It was great to see Arsene Wenger the other day at the screening for his new documentary,’ the technical director explained.

‘We had a good conversation, and I said to him that he cannot realise how important he is for my career.

‘I told him I would like to see him a bit closer to the club and to myself as well in the future. That would be a real, real pleasure and special for everyone here.

‘I also told him I was so proud to see myself in his film – it brought back lots of great memories about that Invincibles team!’

Liga I club receive Arsenal offer for their prized possession

Arsenal have lodged an official bid to land FCSB wonderkid Ianis Stoica, according to the Romanian side’s owner.

Ianis has already scored six goals and produced two assists from 15 games in all competitions thus far this season, as his team sit second in the Liga I standings.

The 18-year-old forward would fit the Gunners’ new transfer approach, after all six of the club’s summer signings were stars under the age of 25.

FSCB chairman Gigi Becali has confirmed that the London outfit have made an offer for Stoica, but added that he’s holding out for more.

‘I currently have [an offer of] €7.5m (£6.3m) for Ianis Stoica and I want €10m plus 20% [future transfer clause].’ Gigi told as.ro., before revealing that it was Mikel Arteta’s side that had made the bid.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also in the transfer market for a centre-forward.

According to Fabrizio Romano, they made an approach for Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic but added that the Serbian has no interest in joining them.

‘Arsenal are more than interested, they approached Fiorentina two weeks ago about the price and everything but the player is not interested,’ Fabrizio said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

‘I’m told that his agents are not answering Arsenal’s calls. He doesn’t want to answer to Arsenal at the moment.’