Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Vlahovic £88m bid 'ACCEPTED', Thomas Partey RETURNING, Aubameyang reason revealed

ARSENAL have had a £66.6m bid for Dusan Vlahovic accepted, according to reports from Italy.

And with add-ons, that fee could rise to £88m.

But it is believed the Serb may yet choose to stay at Fiorentina for another season before joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2023.

Meanwhile Thomas Partey is joining Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an early return from AFCON after his Ghana team were dumped out of the group stage following a shock defeat to Comoros.

Partey's return will be a major boost for the Gunners threadbare midfield.

Ex-captain Aubameyang is on his way back to Arsenal after leaving the Gabon camp at Africa Cup of Nations.

The Gabonese FA claimed that they had discovered "cardiac lesions" when they checked Aubameyang’s recovery last Friday and he will now be assessed by Gunners medics.

And the ex-Arsenal skipper dismissed 'false rumours' he left the Gabon squad due to indiscipline.

The Gunners striker did not feature in either of Gabon's first two group games at the Africa Cup of Nations after testing positive for Covid upon arrival in Cameroon.

And Gabon's manager said the North Londoners were insistent he return as they were unable to perform an MRI scan in the AFCON camp.

Finally Juventus have reportedly identified Lyon's Bruno Guimaraes as their replacement for Arsenal target Arthur Melo.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Vlahovic bid accepted

    Fiorentina have accepted Arsenal’s bid for Dusan Vlahovic but the player has his sights set elsewhere.

    That is according to Ok Calcio Mercato, who report that the Viola have agreed to a £66.6million offer from the Gunners.

    But Vlahovic has already agreed to link up with Juventus in the summer of 2023.

    The Serbia international is on high demand following some smashing displays in the Serie A

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Vlahovic mega bid

    Arsenal have submitted a fresh transfer bid for Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic.

    Vlahovic is ready to leave and the Gunners are desperate to replace out-of-contract Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as well as out-of-favour Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    According to Corriere della Sera, the north Londoners have submitted a fresh bid worth £50million plus Lucas Torreira.

    The Serbia international has scored a staggering 16 goals in 20 Serie A games for the Viola so far this campaign, with three more in the Coppa Italia

  • Kostas Lianos

    Aubameyang coming back

    Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allegedly sent back to the Emirates due to ‘pressure’ from the club after his heart scare.

    Aubameyang contracted COVID-19 shortly before heading to Cameroon to link-up with Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The Gabonese FA claimed that they had discovered ‘cardiac lesions’ when they checked the striker's recovery last Friday.

    The player assured the Gunners' medical team that he was fine and training normally.

    But the 32-year-old is heading back to Colney for tests after he – along with Nice’s former Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina – was sent home by Gabon manager Patrice Neveu.

    Neveu admitted that the ‘pressure’ from each player's club proved to be too much after Gabon were unable to perform an MRI scan

  • Kostas Lianos

    It's Partey time

    Arsenal are set to for a transfer boost as Thomas Partey is coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Partey played in all three of Ghana's group matches as they were eliminated from Copa Africa.

    The midfielder is now set to travel back to the UK and could play a part in the Gunners' home match against Burnley.

    That could mean the 28-year-old would not have missed a single Premier League game, with Arsenal's fixture against Tottenham last Sunday postponed.

  • Joshua Jones

    Good morning to Gunners fans

    Arsenal have recalled youngsters Miguel Azeez and Tyreece John-Jules back from loan.

    Azeez was on loan at Portsmouth and John-Jules was at Blackpool.

    The Gunners are in dire need of as many players they can get following their postponed Prem tie against Spurs last week due to a lack of squad members.

    However, Spurs boss Conte wasn’t having any of it and called the postponement requested by Arsenal ‘strange.’

    But the Gunners could also ask for their Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Liverpool to be cancelled and will make a decision on Wednesday.

    However, with robust midfielder Partey on his way back to the Emirates after his native Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON tournament, there’s hope the match could go ahead.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners have allowed Sead Kolasinac to join Marseille on a free transfer after agreeing to rip up his contract.

    The 28-year-old left-back had just six months left on his contract at the Emirates, with the player not in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

    And Mohamed Elneny could follow the Serb out the door with Fenerbahce keen to bring him back to Turkey.

    The ex-Basel ace could be allowed to depart as Mikel Arteta looks to reduce the wage bill in North London.

    Finally, the Gunners look set to miss out on Fiorentina hot-shot Dusan Vlahovic who has only reportedly got his eyes on a move to Juventus.

    The Gunners have reportedly offered £50million plus Lucas Torreira for the Serbia striker, 21.

    But Italian journalist Giacomo Scutiero says the goal machine agreed terms with Juve THREE MONTHS AGO.

    The Serie A giants have reportedly agreed to pay Vlahovic‘s agent’s huge commission fees.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gunners in Partey boost

    Arsenal are set to be boosted by Thomas Partey's early return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The midfielder, 28, played in all three of Ghana's group matches as they were eliminated from the tournament.

    He is now set to travel back to England and could play a part in the Gunners' home match against Burnley.

    That could mean Partey would not have missed a single Premier League game, with Arsenal's fixture against Tottenham last Sunday postponed.

    Ghana were defeated 3-2 by Comores in a shock result on Tuesday.

    That sealed Ghana's elimination with Morocco and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Gabon progressing instead.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gabon go through to AFCON next stage

    Gabon made it through to the knockout stages of the AFCON after a 2-2 draw with Morocco.

    And the African nation dId it without the help of Gunner Aubameyang.

    Arsenal allegedly pressured Gabon to send back their exiled striker after he had a heart scare while playing in the tournament.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal set to offload Elneny

    Mohamed Elneny could be on his way out of the Emirates in the winter transfer window with Fenerbahce keen to bring him back to Turkey.

    The ex-Basel ace could be allowed to depart as Mikel Arteta looks to reduce the wage bill in North London.

    Left-back Sead Kolasinac has had his contract ripped up to allow him to join Marseille on a free transfer.

    Defender Pablo Mari is poised to link up with Udinese on loan, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles has already signed for Roma on loan.

    And Elneny could follow them out the door with Sport360Egypt claiming that he could return to Turkey.

    The 2017 FA Cup winner spent the 2019-20 season with Besiktas, where he impressed in his 36 outings.

    It has been said that he could now be on his way to join their Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce.

  • Justin Lawrence

    'I want to show my skills'

    Arsenal women's first Brazilian signing Rafaelle Souza says she can't wait to show off her silky skills in the WSL.

    She told Arsenal's media: "I feel like when I decided to come here, I was looking for a club where I can show my football and show my skills and be in the centre of the world.

    “That’s my challenge, to show my football to the world, because after being in China, you don’t appear like you should be in Europe, so I’m very excited for it.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal rip up Sead Kolasinac’s contract

    Arsenal have allowed Sead Kolasinac to join Marseille on a free transfer after agreeing to rip up his contract.

    The 28-year-old left-back had just six months left on his contract at the Emirates, with the player not in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

    He featured in just five games for the Gunners this term, with two of those appearances coming in the top-flight.

    And the North London outfit decided to release Kolasinac in order to get him off their wage bill.

    And Marseille were quick to announce his signing, as they shared a video of him in his new kit on social media.

    The Bosnia international has penned a contract at Stade Velodrome until the summer of 2023.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal in Vlahovic transfer blow

    Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic has appeared to wave goodbye to Fiorentina fans – but it's claimed he 'only wants to join Juventus'.

    The Gunners have reportedly offered £50million plus Lucas Torreira for the Serbia striker, 21.

    But Italian journalist Giacomo Scutiero says the goal machine agreed terms with Juve THREE MONTHS AGO.

    The Serie A giants have reportedly agreed to pay Vlahovic's agent's huge commission fees.

  • Justin Lawrence

    McManaman wants Saka at Liverpool

    Liverpool legend Steve McManaman would love his former side to sign Bukayo Saka although he can't see Arsenal letting the youngster go.

    McManaman told HorseRacing.net: "He brings you something different. He attacks down the right, takes people on and gets to the byline.

    "A bit different to Mo Salah, who likes to cut inside, Saka is more of a winger but a winger that likes to chip in with goals and Liverpool do need a winger like him.

    "However, there’s no way on earth that Arsenal will let him go unless it’s a case of his contract running out.

    "He’s such a young lad but still a leading figure in that Arsenal side and he’s improving every single year, so there would be riots if Arsenal let him join Liverpool.

    "I can’t envision that move happening. He’s one of Arsenal’s star men.

    "I’ve seen a lot of Arsenal this season and Bukayo excites me more than any other player in their side. Would I love Liverpool to get him? Definitely."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal 'pressured' Gabon to return Aubameyang

    Arsenal allegedly put pressure on Gabon to send Aubameyang back to the club from AFCON duty.

    Babon boss Patrice Neveu told the Daily Mail: "It was really annoying for them to stay in their rooms.

    "We made the decision (on Monday) with the president and under pressure from the clubs too, because they're worried so that (Aubameyang) should go back to Arsenal and Mario (Lemina) back to Nice.

    "As you know, he's a key player for Arsenal, although he's going through a tough period at the moment. We still have to report to clubs.

    "And when a player's health is affected and as you know they are paid by the club, we have to be reasonable at some point."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Conte calls NLD postponement 'strange'

    Spurs boss Antonio Conte has called the Premier League's decision to cancel the North London Derby strange.

    The Italian feels games shouldn't be axed just because a team has absences – whether that's down to injuries or international duty.

    However, if absences are due to Covid, then Conte thinks clubs have a leg to stand on when asking for matches to be postponed.

    He said to Sky Sports: "The club made a statement and I think the club expressed our disappointment about the decision," said Conte. "It was for sure a strange decision.

    "My feeling is that when there is a situation to play, we have to play and not postpone games for injuries or for international duty.

    "We have a big problem to solve with Covid but only about this situation can you decide to postpone.

    "This is the first time in my life – and I have a bit of experience in football – to see this decision. In this way, anything can happen."

  • Dylan Terry

    Richards on Arsenal's NLD postponement

    Former England international Micah Richards has defended Arsenal's request to postpone Sunday's North London derby.

    The Gunners had the request accepted due to Covid, injuries, suspensions and Africa Cup of Nations absentees.

    And speaking on Sky Sports, Richards said: "In my opinion they've done nothing wrong.

    "Let's be honest, other clubs would do the same thing, it's not an Arsenal thing.

    "Every team in the Premier League would look after themselves and if they say they wouldn't then they're lying."

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal vs Liverpool under threat

    Arsenal are concerned over Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool going ahead and will decide on Wednesday whether to request a postponement.

    Mikel Arteta is counting his absentees to see if he can scrape a team together after the North London derby was called off.

    They were without 14 players at the weekend due to a combination of Covid, injuries, Africa Cup of Nations call-ups and suspensions.

    And despite Tottenham’s suggestions, they were not even close to being able to meet the Premier League requirements of 13 outfield players plus a goalkeeper.

    Now they will assess the recovery of a number of key players during their next two training sessions before calculating if they can play the second leg of their semi-final.

  • Dylan Terry

    Would Vlahovic break Arsenal transfer record?

    Arsenal are reportedly still looking to add to their squad in the January transfer window.

    Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has been linked with a move to the Emirates following a remarkable season so far for the Italian giants – with stats of 20 goals in 23 games.

    His price tag has been muted as being £70million.

    But where would he slot in among Arsenal's most expensive ever transfers?

    Here they are…

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal interested in Middlesbrough's Spence

    Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs interested in signing Middlesbrough full-back Djed Spence.

    The defender is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest and was a part of the side which beat the Gunners 1-0 in the FA Cup earlier this month.

    And now, according to Sky Sports, Arsenal are thought to be keen on acquiring the 21-year-old.

    Leeds and Tottenham are also said to be in for Spence.

  • Dylan Terry

    Bellerin praises his replacement Tomiyasu

    Hector Bellerin has given his replacement Takehiro Tomiyasu the stamp of approval after helping fire Arsenal back into the top-four race.

    Speaking on Ian Wright’s Spotify podcast ‘Wrighty’s House’, Bellerin said: "Arsenal are doing amazing and that makes me so happy. The player they got in my position – Tomiyasu – he is doing great. No hard feelings.

    “It is beautiful to see because I still watch every game and I want the guys to do well. It’s how football goes. You need to see when it is your time and when it is not.

    “I always said to the club if I leave this place I don’t want to leave you guys without anyone in my position or in a position when you guys can’t be in the best terms.

    “I want the best for all of us. I have been at Arsenal for 10 years and I love this place. It worked out for everyone and that’s what truly shows me it was the right thing to do.

    “It makes me happy to see the boys doing well.”

  • Dylan Terry

    February WSL games selected for TV

    The Women's Super League has confirmed that Arsenal's February fixtures against Manchester United and Chelsea will be aired live on Sky Sports.

    A club statement read: "We can now confirm that both of our Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures in February have been selected for TV coverage. 

    "The fixtures affected are as follows:

    "Arsenal v Manchester United
    Saturday, February 5
    Kick-off: 12:30pm (UK time)
    Venue: Meadow Park
    Live on: Sky Sports Premier League.

    "Chelsea v Arsenal
    Friday, February 11
    Kick-off: 7.45pm (UK time)
    Venue: Kingsmeadow
    Live on: Sky Sports Premier League."

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal's captaincy curse

    Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the latest in a long line of Gunners skippers to struggle with the armband.

    The Gabon international was stripped of the captaincy last month following a disciplinary matter.

    But he is just the latest in a long line of problem Arsenal captains.

    Who will be next?

  • Dylan Terry

    Arsenal pressurised Gabon over Aubameyang

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allegedly sent back to Arsenal due to ‘pressure’ from the club after his heart scare, according to Gabon manager Patrick Neveu.

    Ahead of their final group match with Morocco tonight, Neveu told Sky Sports: “What I know is that they’ve been Covid free for the last 72 hours.

    “We couldn’t arrange an MRI for them, as a result they couldn’t train.

    “It was really annoying for them to stay in their rooms. We made the decision yesterday with the president and under pressure from the clubs too, because they’re worried, so that [Aubameyang] should go back to Arsenal and Mario back to Nice.”

    On Aubameyang, Neveu added: “As you know he’s a key player for Arsenal, although he’s going through a tough period at the moment. We still have to report to clubs.

    “And when a player’s health is affected and as you know they are paid by the club, we have to be reasonable at some point.”

  • Dylan Terry

    John-Jules also ends loan spell

    Arsenal youngster Tyreece John-Jules is another who has returned to the Emirates following his loan spell with Blackpool.

    The Gunners said: "Tyreece John-Jules has returned from his loan with Championship side Blackpool.

    "The 20-year-old forward, who has progressed through our academy system after starting training with us as an eight-year-old, made 12 appearances for Blackpool since joining on loan at the start of the season.
     
    "The England Youth international, who has also spent loan spells with Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City in recent seasons, has been a prolific goalscorer for our Under-18s and Under-23s and also scored for the first team in a friendly against Al-Nasr Dubai SC during our mid-season visit in March 2019.
     
    "Tyreece has trained regularly with the first team and has been a member of the matchday squad in the Premier League, FA Cup and also the 2020 FA Community Shield victory over Liverpool.
     
    "We look forward to welcoming Tyreece back to the club to continue his development."

  • Dylan Terry

    Azeez returns from Portsmouth loan

    Miguel Azeez has returned from his loan spell at Portsmouth.

    A club statement read: "Miguel Azeez has returned to the club from his loan at League One side Portsmouth.

    The 19-year-old-midfielder, who has developed through our academy, had been on loan with Portsmouth since August, during which time he made 10 appearances in total (six in the league), scoring one goal.

    The England Youth international, who joined us aged five, has made impressive progress through our age groups, becoming an integral part of our under-18s in 2019/20 and also making his Premier League 2 debut as a sub in August 2019 at just 17 years of age, before starting his first under-23s match in February 2020.

    Miguel also gained recent valuable experience with the first team. Training regularly with the squad before his loan spell with Portsmouth, he was in the first-team matchday squad four times during last season’s UEFA Europa League campaign, making his debut in Dublin against Dundalk in December 2020.

    We look forward to welcoming Miguel back to the club to continue his development.

  • Dylan Terry

    Gabon manager on Aubameyang

    Gabon manager Patrice Neveu has admitted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going through a difficult time.

    The former Arsenal captain flew back from the Africa Cup of Nations to be with the Gunners after suffering from 'heart lesions' following a positive Covid test.

    And Neveu said: "He's a key player for Arsenal, although he's going through a tough period at the moment."

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