Levante keeper Fernandez explains why he turned down summer move to Arsenal
The January transfer window is edging ever closer and rumours continue to circulate ahead of what could be a busy month for Arsenal.
The Gunners are being linked with a host of players after an inconsistent start to the season.
And there could be some outgoings as Arsenal look to free up funds in an effort to further improve Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Here are all the latest rumours from the Emirates, which include a failed move for a goalkeeper, a pursuit of another emerging Brazilian starlet, and a potential deal for a Barceloana star.
Levante goalkeeper reveals ‘contact’ from Arsenal
Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez has admitted Arsenal contacted him over a potential switch to the Emirates.
The Gunners were searching for a replacement for Emiliano Martinez in the summer after his move to Aston Villa.
They eventually chose to sign Dijon’s Runar Alex Rúnarsson, but Fernandez was considered as an alternative.
Asked in an interview with AS – via Sport Witness – about interest from Arsenal, the 29-year-old said: “Yes, it’s true that there have been contacts. Quite a few clubs have asked, and those are two of them.
"But here I have been very happy, and I hope to continue being so.”
Arsenal targeting Brazilian youngster
Arsenal are interested in signing another emerging Brazilian youngster in the form of Sao Paulo forward Brenner, according to the Daily Mail .
The 20-year-old has also been identified as a target for Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Milan after scoring 17 goals in 27 appearances in the Brazilian top flight this term.
After the shrewd addition of Gabriel Martinelli in 2018, Arsenal technical director Edu could look to repeat his trick.
Brenner has a release clause in his contract of £45 million. However, Sao Paulo may be willing to accept as little as half their figure due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Arsenal want to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, according to Sport .
The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer and his future with the Catalan club remains in doubt.
Dembele decided to remain with Barcelona, but his contract expires in 2022 and there has been no talk of a new deal.
Sport claim that the France international could leave on a free transfer in 18 months or be sold for a discounted fee next summer.
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