Here are your evening Arsenal headlines for March 26th:
Gunners chasing Soler
Arsenal are reportedly chasing Valencia midfielder, Carlos Soler. Sky Sports claim the Spanish side need to generate money to balance the books this summer, and that has forced them to consider selling the 23-year-old, who is contracted to Valencia until 2023 and has been one of their key players for several seasons.
Spanish outlet Marca reported earlier this season that Valencia need to raise upwards of £36m from player sales before June 30 in order to balance their books, and it seems those financial issues may well have become all the more pressing.
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Smalling ready to return home
Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to sign a centre-back this summer in a bid to cure the team’s defensive frailties.
One player they have identified is Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. The former Fulham player moved on loan to Roma last summer and has regained form while in Serie A.
Now Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims the Gunners have made an offer and asked United “for information” regarding a potential deal this summer.
The report also claims that Smalling is ready to return home to be closer with friends and family in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, with the Premier League a ‘concrete option’ for his future.
Arsenal during the break
Henrikh ready for a pay-cut to remain in Rome
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is willing to take a pay-cut to remain on loan at Roma. The former Borussia Dortmund player moved to Serie A after a difficult time at the Emirates. He has managed six goals and three assists in thirteen games this season, and it would seem he is keen to extend his stay in the Eternal City.
To do that he is willing to take a pay-cut. At present, Mkhitaryan is earning a little over £9 million-a-year with Arsenal, and the club would likely encourage any reduction on that. It would seem the Armenian has already accepted he has no future at the Emirates. While a permanent transfer to Roma looks unlikely, the two clubs could reach an agreement over an extension to his loan deal.
Mkhitaryan has also had a pop at Unai Emery over his tactics at Arsenal, stating he prefers Paulo Fonseca’s approach.
“When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here,” he said. “The philosophy of Emery was different from Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me. I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here, and of course, I like this kind of game.”
Dan the man plus cash for Aubameyang
One man the Gunners are eager to keep next season is Dani Ceballos. As we reported earlier this week, the club feel confident…