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Arsenal receive Philippe Coutinho transfer boost
Arsenal have received an huge boost in bringing in Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Emirates in upcoming summer transfer window.
Coutinho, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to London club last summer but Ronald Koeman’s appointment at Barcelona put the brakes on a potential deal.
The Gunners signed his compatriot Willian instead before later bringing in Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid in January. Despite the attacking duo starting fixing Arsenal’s creativity problem, Mikel Arteta still keen on getting someone like Coutinho, and he may now have a chance of getting his man.
The Brazilian star has been missing for Barcelona in recent months due to an injury and is yet to kick a ball for the Catalan giants in 2021, and according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim, Barcelona are consider of sell him rather than fixture for them in which pay Liverpool £20million.
The reports explain in details that, only 10 fixtures remains for Coutinho in Barcelona shirt, that will force the Catalan giants to pay Premier League champions another huge amount of money, due to this, they interest in sell him rather than pay the cash.
Arsenal given second Julian Brandt transfer chance as Dortmund ‘set price’
Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Julian Brandt has been top wishlist of Mikel Arteta in January to replace Mesut Ozil, but his proposed switch to London club failed due to materialised.
Arsenal, then pick up Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid. However, the Gunners chief could have another chance to sign the highly-rated Germany midfielder in upcoming summer transfer window.
According to German outlet BILD, claimed the Bundesliga side would be willing to let Brandt leave for as low as £21million.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder restricted playing of time this season, started only 14 leagues out of a possible 26, while he has been used primarily as a substitute in the Champions League.
Brandt, who scored three goals across all competitions this season, is expected to depart from Black and Yellow side in upcoming summer transfer window with Arsenal reportedly positioned themselves in bids to land him.
Meanwhile, Arsenal also reportedly monitoring highly-rated Sheffield United central midfielder Sander Berge and could make a move for him as head coach Mike Arteta keen on bolster his squad ahead of second full season in charge.
Berge, 23, has been impressive since joining the Blades from Genk last year, and his standouts performer attracted interest from like Arsenal, who want to recruit their midfield park before next season getting start.
Martin Odegaard addresses Arsenal future question as initial loan deal from Real Madrid runs down
Martin Odegaard has cool on staying on at Arsenal beyond the end of his initial loan from Real Madrid, with the 22-year-old midfielder eager to remain focused on the present.
The attacking midfielder starting fixing Arsenal’s creativity problem – playing a key part in all three of his side’s goals against West Ham United at the weekend.
The man-of-the-match display follow equally eye-catching performances in win over Olympiacos and Tottenham Hotspur before inspired his side in a dramatic 3-3 at West Ham.
The highly-rated attacking midfielder, who restricted with playing time at Santiago Bernabeu, given a chance to express himself in England and he using the opportunities handed him by Mikel Arteta to show what capable of delivering in middle park.
However, there have been mixed messages when it comes to his future, with an extended stay in England and imminent return to Spain both being mooted, but Odegaard insists no discussions have been held as yet regarding summer plans.
When ask about his Arsenal’s future: Odegaard said: ‘To be completely honest, I have not thought about it.
I have an agreement until the summer and I am focusing on that. I want stability and development, those are key words.’
Odegaard also share thought of his experience in England: ‘I think it has been good, right from the start. I adapted to the way we played quite early. I lacked a little self-confidence and things like that, but I feel I have got better and better every day.’
Arsenal urged to ‘go all out for’ Achraf Hakimi by ex-Gunner Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell has urged his former club Arsenal to “go all out for” Inter Milan’s Archraf Hakimi if they believe he is the right-back that they are looking for.
Hakimi, 22, has has impressed since debut campaign for the Serie A leaders after joining from Real Madrid in a deal worth £34million last summer.
The defender has established himself as an automatic starter, contributing six goals and five assists in 26 appearances in the top flight.
His performances have naturally led to interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, the latter seeing him as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, who consider exit from Emirates in upcoming summer transfer window.
And Campbell admits it would take a lot to prize him away from Inter Milan but feels it would be worth it.
‘Arsenal are in the market for a right-back and Hakimi is a brilliant player,’ he told Football Insider. ‘I think the club will tread very carefully when they look who to sign this summer.
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‘Will Inter Milan even sell Hakimi? They are looking great. Going after players that are performing at the peak is always difficult.
‘If the club see him as the best choice though they have got to go all out for him.’