Arsenal line up two new targets after Vlahovic and Guimaraes let-down
Arsenal have been dealt a double blow in the past 48 hours, as first Juventus swooped for Dusan Vlahovic, and then Newcastle made a move for Bruno Guimaraes, both of whom were thought to be targets for this January.
🚨 Bruno Guimaraes is set to undergo a medical in Brazil, where he is on international duty, ahead of a proposed transfer to Newcastle United. 24yo Lyon midfielder is main #NUFC target for midfield & deal moving forward. W/ @ChrisDHWaugh for @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/F2bxRvHzsB
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 26, 2022
And, with Arsenal seemingly in need of both a midfielder and a striker, it is safe to say the news has not gone down too well with the Gunners faithful. And now, with speculation ramping up, two more players have been linked with moves to the Emirates that fit the bill.
First on the list is Victor Osimhen, Napoli’s star forward.
Italian reports suggest that the Gunners would be interested in the Nigerian, who has netted 9 times in 16 games this season, but it is unclear whether a late move would be possible.
Osimhen, sirene dalla Premier. Ma ADL non fa sconti: servono più di 70 milioni https://t.co/J1S6AcPEGl
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) January 26, 2022
They are not the only club interested in the Naples man either, with other English clubs and a club in Spain all also circling.
Lots of English clubs watching Osimhen which is completely logical but there is a big Spanish club weighing up their options and rather attracted to the Napoli star.
— Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) January 26, 2022
But, given that Napoli brought him to Italy from Lille for over 70 million euros, he wont come cheap.
Douglas Luiz on the cards?
Another man linked with a move to north London is Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, who is seemingly out of favour under Steven Gerrard.
The 23 year old Brazilian has worked with Mikel Arteta before at Manchester City, and offers the left-footed option that the Spaniard craves.
“We still think there’s another gear or two for Dougie to go into,” says Steven Gerrard, with #avfc yet to offer Douglas Luiz a new contract. Only Tyrone Mings (88) has made more PL appearances for #avfc than Douglas Luiz (86) since promotion in 2019 🇧🇷 https://t.co/WG6Z8QxfI5
— Ashley Preece (@PreeceObserver) January 26, 2022
And, with 18 months left on his current contract at Villa Park, he has not been offered another, while the Villains remain keen on Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus, who plays the same position.
📊 Rodrigo Bentancur vs #AVFC midfield three
💪 Most tackles
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📝 A look at why the Juventus midfielder could be another shrewd addition for Aston Villa 👇
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 26, 2022
It could entice the Gunners into a late swoop.