Chelsea could hold the key to Arsenal’s pursuit of Arthur Melo, while Man Utd have a price in mind for Tariq Lamptey but it doesn’t yet meet Brighton’s demand…
CHELSEA COULD PAVE WAY FOR ARTHUR TO ARSENAL
After watching Arsenal find some backbone at Anfield last night. Mikel Arteta is now waiting for an update on his search for a midfielder…
Arteta is said to be keen to bring Arthur Melo to the Emirates from Juventus on loan until the end of the season. The 25-year-old is on the fringes of Juve’s first XI but Max Allegri is only willing to sanction his exit if the club can source a replacement.
Which is where Chelsea come in. Football Italia cites several sources in Italy that claim Juve are interested in signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea to bolster their ranks.
Arsenal’s deal with Arthur is said to have already been agreed, the Gunners are now waiting for the green light from Juve.
The Gunners are also reported by Goal to have held preliminary talks with Youri Tielemans’ representatives but Leicester are refusing to sell their record signing this month.
MAN UTD IN RACE FOR LIVERPOOL TARGET
Manchester United are also in the market for a midfielder, although they don’t appear to be in quite the same hurry to strengthen their engine room this month.
The Daily Mail says United have targets in mind for the summer and if they become available this month, they will make a move. Otherwise, they may sit tight until the end of the season.
One of those targets may be Fabian Ruiz. The Napoli midfielder has been heavily linked with Liverpool in the past but La Repubblica reckons the Red Devils are now well placed to swoop.
Apparently, Napoli will allow the Spain international to leave if they can secure a deal for Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi.
UNITED TARGET SEAGULLS STAR
United are also being linked with a move for Tariq Lamptey.
The Brighton wing-back has recently returned from an extended spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Lamptey is said to have caught Ralf Rangnick’s eye.
According to the Daily Mail, the United boss is looking for an upgrade on his current right-back options, with neither Aaraon Wan-Bissaka or Diogo Dalot impressing the German. Or anyone else.
The story goes that United value Lamptey in the region of £30million, while Brighton are looking for £40million, which certainly doesn’t seem an unreasonable price.
Tottenham have also been keen on Lamptey but Sky Sports says Spurs have shelved their interest for now while they pursue Adama Traore.
If Dalot leaves United, AS says Atletico Madrid are interested as they look for a replacement for Kieran Trippier.