Here’s a round-up of the latest transfer news and gossip surrounding Arsenal.

Earlier this week we reported on Arsenal’s links to Leon Bailey, Vinicius Junior, Julian Draxler and Steven Nzonzi among others plus the potential departure of one member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Here’s the latest transfer news and gossip from the Arsenal camp.

Potential signings

Neto

Arsenal are allegedly keen on signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto, as a potential back-up option to Bernd Leno. This follows suggestions from report Dharmesh Sheth on Sky Sports‘ Transfer Talk segment (13/01/21 at 5:05 pm).

The Gunners had been keen on the £18 million-rated Brazilian prior to landing current number two stopper Runar Alex Runarsson in the summer.

However, they are now set to reignite their interest and lure Neto to the English capital, looking to challenge Leno, which Runarsson has failed to do thus far.

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Mathew Ryan

Another goalkeeper on the radar of Arsenal is reportedly Brighton’s Mathew Ryan, according to TalkSPORT.

The Australian ‘keeper has fallen down the pecking order at the Seagulls and has been linked with a move to the Emirates.

However, given his lack of game time at Albion, it might not be the best of moves for the Gunners, who are still searching for a worthy replacement since Emiliano Martinez’s departure to Aston Villa.

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Ali Akman

Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Bursaspor striker Ali Akman, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners face competition from a host of clubs, including rivals Chelsea, as well as Red Bull Salzburg and Galatasaray, who failed in their approaches to land the youngster.

The 18-year-old is a hot prospect among Europe. He has six months left on his current contract and could leave the club for free should a fail to materialise this month.

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Borussia Moenchengladbach v Shakhtar Donetsk: Group B - UEFA Champions League
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 25: Lars Stindl of Borussia Moenchengladbach and Manor Salomon of Shakhtar Donetsk battle for the ball during the Group B – UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk at Borussia-Park on November 25, 2020 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images)

Manor Salomon

According to the Guardian, Arsenal have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk for Israeli midfielder Manor Salomon.

The versatile midfielder has been a target for the Gunners in recent months, but while the north London side are unlikely to make a move this month, they could sign the talented 21-year-old in the summer.

His contract with the Ukrainian side ends in December 2023.

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No Matteo Guendouzi recall

Fabrizio Romano reports that Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi will not be returning to the Gunners from his loan spell at Hertha Berlin.

There was previous speculation linking the Frenchman with a recall to the side, with the Bundesliga outfit finding it difficult to afford his services.

Yet, Guendouzi is set to remain in the German capital until the end of his season-long loan at the club.

 

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Possible exits

Mesut Ozil

Arsenal’s out of favour midfielder Mesut Ozil is edging closer to an exit from the Emirates, according to the Athletic.

The former Germany international has been linked with a departure this window, but his wages remain an obstacle for both parties.

However, the report suggests Ozil is willing to terminate the remainder of his contract. The World Cup winner is also looking to pay out his remaining salary for Arsenal to sanction a transfer.

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Portsmouth FC v Arsenal FC - FA Cup Fifth Round
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Portsmouth FC and Arsenal FC at Fratton Park on March 02, 2020 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has reportedly been offered to Liverpool, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, the Italian mentioned that the Greek international had been linked with Genoa. He also revealed that Papastathopoulos had been offered the chance to reunite with former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp at the Reds.

Liverpool have plenty of defensive injuries this campaign and an experienced defender in the Gunners centre-back, would surely be a welcomed addition.

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Lucas Torreira

Valencia are keen to land Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, according to AS.

The Uruguayan has failed to cement a regular starting place at los Rojiblancos and could be set to move from Madrid to Valencia.

Torreira is being lined up as a back-up for Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, who was the Spanish side’s priority. But the deal has found stumbling blocks.

The on-loan Arsenal man has also attracted interest from Torino, Fiorentina and Lazio.

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Players staying

Rob Holding

Rob Holding has committed his immediate future to the Gunners, by signing a new three-year deal, with the option of a further year, Arsenal have confirmed.

According to the Telegraph, the defender had doubts regarding his future following the acquisitions of Gabriel and William Saliba.

Yet, he put pen to paper and sealed a new deal that could see him tied down until 2025.

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Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi looks set to remain at the Gunners this transfer window, according to Football.London.

The report suggests that the out of favour German is required to provide cover for Mikel Arteta’s first choice centre-halves.

The German is out of contract in the summer and should Arsenal fail to tie him down, he could leave on a free transfer in June.

He has also been linked with a move elsewhere.

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