Arsenal learn deadline for Juventus’ Arthur Melo transfer decision with Gunners ‘in talks’
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Arsenal will reportedly learn the fate of their Arthur Melo transfer pursuit after Juventus take on Inter Milan in the Supercoppa final on Wednesday evening. The Gunners are believed to be keen on luring in a midfielder before the month is out, with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny’s absences leaving numbers low at the Emirates.
Manager Mikel Arteta refused to rule out the need for new arrivals after his side’s humiliating defeat against Nottingham Forest this week.
And despite spending big during the summer, it appears as though the Gunners will attempt to keep the cash flowing this month.
While links to Fiorentina marksman Dusan Vlahovic have made the most noise, Arsenal have also reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Juventus star Arthur Melo.
The 25-year-old swapped Barcelona for Turin 18 months ago for a mammoth fee, although it has not worked out perfectly thus far.
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Injuries have done the player no favours, but so far this campaign he has racked up just seven Serie A appearances.
Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is believed to have the final say on the prospective loan departure of a player Gunners transfer chief Edu has been a long-term admirer of.
According to The Mirror, the two sides have already held talks and Allegri will come to his final verdict once their cup duties are fulfilled on Wednesday evening.
The deal may appear to the Italian outfit, despite the huge sum paid for the Brazil international, because it could become a platform to rediscover his best form.
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Arthur’s style of play is reportedly deemed to be a good fit with Arteta’s philosophy, and Arsenal are an increasingly attractive club to play for as the north London side find their feet under the Spaniard.
Recruiting another midfielder has become a more urgent task since Ainsley Maitland-Niles embarked on a loan switch to Roma until the end of the season.
If Allegri wastes no time in green-lighting the deal, it would give Arsenal more time to lock down a new striker before the end of the month.
A major reshuffle is on the cards for Arteta’s attacking ranks, whether it happens now or in the summer.
By the end of the season, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are due to be out of contract.
As of the start of January, both players were at libery to negotiate pre-contract arrangements with overseas clubs, although nothing concrete has unfolded as yet.
Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun has also made way in recent weeks, leaving for Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s disciplinary breach in December has also plunged his future into doubt, which makes signing a striker one of Arteta and Edu’s top priorities before the window slams shut.
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