Juventus have reignited their interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a development that could help Arsenal solve their midfield problems, according to a report.
The future of former Arsenal captain Aubameyang is still up in the air. The 32-year-old was banished from the first team by Mikel Arteta after his latest disciplinary breach in early December.
His absence from the first team allowed Alexandre Lacazette to shine, while the likes of Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka starred behind the Frenchman.
As such, Arsenal is believed to be open to selling Aubameyang – providing a viable matchmaker to be found.
His high salary placed severe limits on the number of parties that could realistically strike a deal. However, according to the sunJuventus are ready to try their luck after making Aubameyang the “first target”.
Key to this development is the end-of-season injury to Federico Chiesa. The Italian striker injured his ACL and will now undergo surgery to repair the damage.
So Aubameyang could provide much-needed firepower in Turin – whether on loan or through a permanent deal.
Aubameyang has risen to the top of the Juventus squad
Quoted from an Italian outlet all marketAubameyang is now said to be “at the top of the shortlist” for coach Max Allegri.
And in the mirrorJuventus’ renewed interest could help Arsenal in their quest to add reinforcements in midfield.
Arsenal are known to be seeking additions to their midfield ranks this window. Thomas Partey is currently in the Africa Cup of Nations, while Granit Xhaka re-emerged as Jose Mourinho’s number one target of the summer.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has already joined Mourinho at Roma on loan, leaving Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lukonga at the back. However, like Barty, Elni is also in Cameroon with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.
This has generated links with a large number of midfield targets, Most notably, Arthur Melo, player of Juventus.
On Thursday, transfer manager Fabrizio Romano gave a new update on Arsenal’s pursuit of a loan deal for the Brazilian.
Romano tweeted Arsenal chief Mikel Arthur “agrees” with Arthur. Whether this means he has given Arsenal the green light to pursue a deal, or whether he is simply a fan of the Brazilian is not clear.
However, there was more good news as Romano announced that Arsenal were ‘ready to cover’ [Arthur’s] Salary.’
Juventus would like to sign a suitable replacement before punishing Arthur’s loan exit. But with each team setting their sights on a player on the opposing team, the pair may be more willing to compromise if it means sealing both deals.
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Arsenal learn fees and time frame for signing with the Brazil international
Meanwhile, the question of whether Arsenal will sign a Brazilian midfielder this month has been answered, while the potential cost of the deal has also been revealed.
Arsenal have been linked with a large number of central midfielders as Mikel Arteta seeks to secure a fourth position.
Arthur and Yuri Tillmans hooked up on Thursday, but Bruno Guimarães has been the subject of discussion about Sky Sports Transfer Show. Arsenal have established links with the star awaited, And Sky Kavik Solkol highlights the state of play.
Solhekol asked a source directly if Guimaraes could join Arsenal this month, while also revealing that he would receive £40m.
“The latest information on Bruno Guimaraes is that a lot of the big clubs are interested in signing him,” Solhekol said. “He’s playing well in Lyon at the moment. He was in the Brazil squad that was named today.
“When it comes to valuation, it would cost up to around £40m as he is only 24 years old.
“I posed the question to someone close to him, can you see him move to Arsenal this month?” They said it might be hard to happen this month but anything can happen in the summer. There are a lot of other clubs interested in him, like Juventus for example. He has a big, big future.”
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