Transfer Talk: Arsenal in talks over Brazil youngster Guimaraes


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  • Nick JuddTransfer writer

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.

TOP STORY: Arsenal hoping for Guimaraes boost

Despite celebrating a draw 10 ten men away at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Arsenal fans will be well aware that their side needs strengthening, and The Mirror is suggesting some good news could be coming in the form of midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

The newspaper is suggesting that the sought-after midfielder revealed in a TV interview with SporTV that his club, Athletico Paranaense, and Arsenal are currently in talks, which might mean that a move could be on the cards sooner rather than later.

The 22-year-old Brazilian is keen on a switch to the Premier League, while Arsenal have been courting him for some time. They’re not the only ones, for a number of top sides around the world are also keen on securing the midfielder’s signature.

Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, has reportedly met with Guimaraes’ representatives in London, and the Gunners will be hoping to conclude a deal before a bidding war ensues.

Bale open to Spurs reunion?

Time to fire up the Gareth Bale klaxon again, for Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito de Jugones is reporting that the Welshman is wanted by Spurs in this January transfer window.

His future has been under scrutiny for what feels like forever and, with Bale once again unable to seemingly put any sustained run together in the Los Blancos side, Tottenham appear to be circling, particularly now they’re on the lookout for new blood following the injury to Harry Kane.

Whether Bale wants to move, or whether Madrid are willing to let him go, are two potential sticking points, but the El Chiringuito team believe that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has met with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to discuss a possible move that suits all parties.

Bale would be welcomed back to north London with open arms and would immediately become a focal point for Jose Mourinho, particularly if as expected Christian Eriksen completes his move to Inter Milan. Mourinho could be in the market for some positive news given that some papers are reporting unrest in his camp.

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– West Ham have enquired about the availability of experienced midfielder Steven Nzonzi. The Daily Mail says that the Hammers are keen to net the Roma man on loan for the rest of the season, while the Italians are looking for a loan fee of around £3.5 million. Nzonzi is currently on loan at Galatasaray but would welcome a move to London to be near family. His hefty wages could be a stumbling block, however.

– While we reported on Monday that Timo Werner was taking his pick from Liverpool and Chelsea, today Sport suggests that Barcelona could enter the race for his signature. The Blaugrana are in the market for a No. 9 in the absence of Luis Suarez, and Werner, 23, who is seemingly willing to leave RB Leipzig, could fit the bill. He’s scored 25 goals and added 10 assists this season, and while Leipzig are riding high in the Bundesliga, the forward could be tempted by a move to line up alongside Lionel Messi. Who wouldn’t?

– West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United are both doing their best to let the other top the Championship at the moment, which The Telegraph says has prompted Baggies boss Slaven Bilic into offering £8m for Dinamo Zagreb winger Miroslav Orsic. Orsic is seen as a priority and one of two signings before the window closes in an effort to kick-start the club’s sputtering promotion charge. Orsic has scored 17 goals for Dinamo this season.

– Another from the Mail here as Leeds are doing their bit to stop the rot by closing in on the signing of Manchester City’s teenage winger Ian Poveda. Leeds are reportedly battling Torino to land the services of the tricky attacking player, and are now favourites to sign the England under-20 international, according to the report. Out of contract at the end of the current season, Poveda could see Leeds as a ticket back to the Premier League.


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