Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Sunday April 19.
Rodrigo Moreno transfer enquiry
Arsenal have contacted Valencia over the prospect of signing Rodrigo Moreno, according to reports.
The Gunners’ strikeforce appears to have an uncertain future at the moment with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both being linked to moves away from the Emirates.
There are fears that the former plans to depart and the Gabon international has just over a year remaining on his contract.
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Despite a £110million release clause, it has been suggested Rodrigo could be allowed to leave for between £45m and £50m plus extras.
It has also been noted Rodrigo could be keen on a move to the Premier League after the Valencia starlet spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Bolton from Benfica.
The Brazilian-born star moved to Valencia on loan in 2014 before completing a permanent switch a year later.
However, the forward has netted just five times this season for the La Liga side but has provided 11 assists.
The plan to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas however, has outlined how he would aim to retain Aubameyang’s services.
Writing in his Sporting Life column, Nicholas has suggested that ‘more than anything’ he would like the Gunners to renew last season’s Premier League top scorer to renew his deal for three or four years.
He said: “Even if Arsenal are average as of next year, they cannot decline much more, it has reached its bottom.
Arteta wants five or six out and he wants that money to rebuild. If nothing more is in the pot, sell to rebuild. If you are doing that as a financial package, you are not buying to replace Aubameyang.
“You can get rid of Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been out on loan.
“This will all help to filter through, so there are easy things to do. Give him what he wants, get rid of dead wood, you have the kids, and it would not cost £200m to challenge for the top four once more.”
However Nicholas believes that Aubameyang will depart.
How the Gunners missed out on Juan Mata
Another case of what could have been for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Back in 2011 before Juan Mata had arrived at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal were in the driving seat to land the Spaniard.
Arsenal’s transfer negotiator between 2009 and 2018, Dick Law detailed how the Manchester United midfielder was eyed as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement.
Speaking to the Athletic, Law suggested he met both player and father and even agreed a contract
“Then we waited,” Law said of the negotiations. “Juan definitely wanted to come to Arsenal, there was no question about that.”
However, there was concern about the hefty price of transfer fee and contract combined. Valencia, eventually received…