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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly lining up a bid for Italian midfielder Sebastian Giovinco in January in an attempt to strengthen his squad for a top-four push.

The Frenchman has earmarked the Parma star as a player capable of giving the Gunners an extra dimension in the centre of the park after the departures of key players Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri during the summer.

Mikel Arteta joined the club on deadline day and has performed admirably but the 62-year-old boss still has concerns about the amount of goals coming from midfield and the reliance on Robin Van Persie to find the net on a regular basis.

Giovinco would certainly help to solve that problem with the 24-year-old scoring six goals in nine Serie A games since turning his loan move at the Stadio Ennio Tardini into a permanent one in June.

The former Juventus schemer could now be on the move again and a move to the Emirates Stadium could prove to be tempting with a chance to play in the Champions League on offer.

Arsenal will have to move quickly to secure his signature though with London rivals Chelsea also said to be interested in the Italian who has six caps for his country.

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  1. Goonerbeall

    November 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Would love to have another goal-hungry individual with skills to break down opposition. Offering something we dont have or better than we have. Also who does not go away every 2 years to play ACN.

    I’ve heard that Italians are mumy’s boys and do not like to be away from mummies and therefore wonder if he wont be another who will bleat and cry into his cornflakes.

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Arsenal monitoring £34m rated Juventus defender Merih Demiral for a potential move in January

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Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Juventus defender Merih Demiral following his lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Turkish international joined the Old Lady in the summer but has struggled to live up to his potential thus far, causing him to slide down the pecking order of Juve’s defence.

The 21-year-old has only played one match for Juventus following his move from Sassuolo but has hugely impressed in the international stage, helping his country stay ahead of world champions France in the race for qualification for the European championships.

Unai Emery’s outfit currently sit 6th in the Premier League due to their defensive woes so far this season. The Gunners have the joint-second worst defence in the top half of the table, having already conceded 17 goals in just 12 games leaving them with a -1 goal difference.

Therefore, the Spanish coach has been under immense criticism and a signing of the calibre of Demiral in January could help ease the pressure of the former Sevilla manager and help turn Arsenal’s form around.

Emery is currently the second favourite to be sacked with the bookies setting his odds of leaving at 9/2 with only Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhutl having shorter odds.

A defender is one of the major weaknesses in the Gunners’ squad but Demiral will certainly not be cheap considering his huge upside.

A mark of £34m has been reported as the asking price, which is double that of what Juventus signed him for in the summer. Juve’s Italian rivals AC Milan were also monitoring the defender’s situation but scoffed at the asking price leaving Arsenal as favourites to sign Demiral.

Manchester United have also reportedly had interest in the youngster and with their defensive woes as well, the Red Devils could well be in with a shot to land the Turkish international. Atletico Madrid have also got their eye on the centre-back.

Reports have suggested that Demiral would be open to a move to either England or Spain, but would like to establish his squad status with former Chelsea manager Sarri.

Demiral showcased his obvious talent during his short stint at Sassuolo but the arrival of teenage sensation Matthijs de Ligt has meant that the defender has not gotten the opportunity to feature as often as he would like.

Juventus are heavily stacked in defence with the likes of Georgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani and Emre Can all capable of playing centre-back.

Therefore a move to Arsenal could benefit all parties as Juve would be able to cash in for a squad player and the Gunners would be able to have a young defender that could help solidify their defence.

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Liverpool linked with move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser

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Liverpool have been linked with a surprise January transfer window move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.

The 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and could therefore be available at a cut-price free to bolster the Reds’ forward options.

TalkSPORT’s south coast correspondent Alex Crook broke the news on the radio station’s Drivetime show, revealing:

“My understanding is Jurgen Klopp is lining up a surprise move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.

“He is out of contract next summer and that means effectively Bournemouth will have to sell him in January.

“If you had sold him last summer you might have been talking about the £20-25million mark, but now with his contract running out you might talking around the £10-15m mark.”

Such a low fee in today’s market for a player with more Premier League assists than any other player since the start of the 2018-19 season could represent a great deal for the current league leaders.

It seems unlikely Fraser would get in Liverpool’s first XI ahead of last season’s golden-boot sharers Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah, but with Xherdan Shaqiri injured and seemingly out of favour, and Divock Origi arguably more comfortable as a central striker, there are definitely minutes to be had for another wide option.

More explosive and direct in terms of dribbling with the ball than Shaqiri, Fraser could provide Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with the option to utilise the 4-2-3-1 system his side deployed for a spell last campaign, with Mané or Salah starting from a more central area alongside Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool fans in particular will remember the impact Fraser can have off the bench, too, after he scored one and created two more in a memorable 4-3 victory for Bournemouth against the Reds in December 2016, despite only entering the pitch as a 55th minute substitute.

The Scotland winger, however, hasn’t hit the heights of last season thus far, having spent the early weeks of the campaign on the bench.

He recently told the Bournemouth Echo that his period on the bench was “not nice and obviously frustrating,” but he has since regained his place in the side, assisting Harry Wilson, who is on loan from Liverpool, for a nicely-worked goal against Newcastle at the weekend.

TalkSPORT’s Crook not mention whether Wilson, who has proved a hit on the south coast with four league goals already this campaign, could be used as part of any potential deal.

This latest transfer development could come as a blow to Arsenal in particular, who had been more strongly linked to the player since the summer.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this one develops over the coming months.

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Arsenal star striker ready to quit if the Gunners fail to get Champions League football next season

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Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be willing to leave the Gunners if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

The Gabonese international has been one of the very few shining lights in Arsenal’s season having scored 8 goals in 12 Premier League games.

Unai Emery’s side currently sit in 6th place but are already 8 points adrift of the crucial 4th place that will allow them to gain automatic qualification into Europe’s biggest competition.

Aubameyang was the joint Premier League top scorer alongside Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and is the fastest Arsenal player to reach 50 goals for the club.

However, since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund for £57m in January 2018, the 30-year-old has yet to don the Arsenal kit in the Champions League.

The Gunners are, of course, desperate to keep their star striker and have given him the captain’s armband following Granit Xhaka’s outburst in their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

With Aubameyang’s contract running out in the summer of 2021, Arsenal would have to get a deal done before the end of January next year otherwise they would have to try and cut their losses on him.

A top-four finish is looking quite unlikely already given the turmoil that Arsenal are currently experiencing, therefore winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best chance of securing Champions League football.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is an expert at winning the trophy given the fact he won the trophy in three consecutive seasons with Sevilla.

The Spaniard led the Gunners to the final last season but were trounced 4-1 by London rivals Chelsea, leaving the fans and the club to rue missing 4th place in the Premier League by a single point to arch-nemesis Tottenham Hotspur.

So far, Aubameyang has been unwilling to commit his future to the club as has his teammate and striking partner Alexandre Lacazette causing rumours to circulate around a possible departure in this upcoming January transfer window.

It would be highly unlikely to happen but a move to Manchester United is currently at 10/1 and a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.

Despite the Gunners wanting to keep the Gabon national team captain, have been reports claiming that the Arsenal hierarchy are unsure whether he is fit to be a captain for the club due to his associations with the controversial YouTube channel AFTV (also known as ArsenalFanTV).

Aubameyang commented on the issue on social media by stating that he is free to talk to anyone at any time, thus perhaps adding another issue to Unai Emery’s pile.

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