ARSENAL JANUARY TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: MAN UTD TO MAKE OZIL MOVE
Man Utd to make bid for Ozil
Manchester United will make a move to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal in the January transfer window, The Mirror claims.
The Germany international can leave the Gunners for free at the end of the season, but United will offer them a fee to take him off their hands this month.
City to launch £25m Alexis bid
Manchester City are set to launch a £25 million bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the Sunday Mirror.
City had been prioritising signing a centre-back during the January window but are now set to put a move for Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez on the back burner.
Instead they are keen to secure a deal for Alexis rather than wait to sign him for free in the summer.
Southampton confirm Walcott interest
Southampton have confirmed that they wish to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal.
“I have been talking about him,” Mauricio Pellegrino told Sky Sports. “He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us, it’s not easy.”
Mahrez key to Alexis transfer
Alexis Sanchez will be allowed to leave Arsenal for Manchester City only if Riyad Mahrez is bought for the London club, reports The Mirror.
A failed deal for Thomas Lemar killed the chances of Alexis moving in the summer, and with Liverpool the front-runners for the Monaco man now, Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to the Leicester City star.
Both Sanchez and Mahrez would welcome moves, with the former keen to join back up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.
Arsenal set to sign Jonny Evans
Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement with West Bromwich Albion for Jonny Evans, says The Sun .
Manchester City were also linked with the defender and even made a bid for him in the summer, but it seems the Gunners are now leading the chase for his signature.
Arsenal eye up Vazquez move
Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid attacker Lucas Vazquez as the replacement for Alexis Sanchez, claims Don Balon.
Alexis is desperate to leave Arsenal in the transfer window and wants to join Manchester City now, rather than wait to complete a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires.
A string of names has been mooted to replace the Chilean, with Madrid’s Vazquez now an option for Arsene Wenger, who feels the Spaniard has the qualities to compensate for Alexis’ departure.
Giroud wanted by Besiktas
Besiktas have set their sights on landing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Cenk Tosun, reports beIN Sports.
The Turkish side have seen their top marksman leave for Everton and are now in the market for a proven successor.
Giroud has struggled for starts this season and is eager to find regular football ahead of a possible World Cup quest with France this summer.
One of Alexis or Ozil tipped to stay at Arsenal
Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista is expecting either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil to remain at the club.
Both players are out of contract in the summer and have been heavily linked with exits but Gabriel is confident that at least one of them will commit their future to the club.
‘Mavropanos will be an Arsenal success’
Arsenal new boy Konstantinos Mavropanos will be go on to be a first-team Arsenal contender, former player Stathis Tavlaridis.
“He’s a very good player with a big future ahead of him,” Tavlaridis said. “But the most important thing for me is to have a good character and be a humble person if you want to build a long career. Talent is not the only important thing, good character is too.
“Mavropanos has the whole package to have a very successful career. I am sure he will go on to play for the first team because he has the personality and quality to make it.”
Wenger admits to Arsenal transfer problems
Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal are experiencing teething problems as a new transfer team finds its feet at Emirates Stadium.
There has been a major overhaul behind the scenes in north London, with the Gunners eager to ensure that they remain competitive in their recruitment.