Aug 10, 2017

Arsenal round-up: Club handed boost in Seri pursuit; Brazilian attacker linked; Marseille boss admits interest in Giroud

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Arsenal have been handed a boost in their bid to sign Jean-Michael Seri. Mundo Deportivo report that the midfielder isn’t a priority for Barcelona, which leaves the road open for the Gunners to sign him. It is thought that the Nice player is one of the Gunners’ main targets and the Mirror report that the club are desperate to bolster their midfield. The problem for them could be the price as the Ligue 1 club are reluctant to let one of their best players leave for less than his release clause, which stands at £36 million.

The new season is upon us and supporters will be focusing on the match against Leicester City, but there is an expectation that further transfer business will be completed. Seri would be a great addition and provide them with a more dynamic central midfield option. Their options in the centre of the park are sparse due to the continued unavailability of Santi Cazorla. It is a position that needs to be strengthened and the Nice player could be the best available option on the market.

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In Brazil, Zero Hora report that Arsenal and Liverpool are competing for the signature of Luan. The Gremio attacker is highly rated and coming towards the end of his current contract in his homeland. At the age of 24, it is now a good time to come to Europe. He looked set to join Spartak Moscow earlier this summer, but the transfer collapsed. It is thought that he will be available for around £26 million.

This is a report out of left-field and it seems unlikely that Arsenal would gamble on a player who has never played in Europe. If they are serious about challenging for the title, they need to improve the quality in the squad and they can’t afford to take gambles. Luan has been an exciting talent in Brazil, but he is a player that the Gunners should avoid. The source of this story is questionable at best and it could easily be agent talk to increase interest in his client.

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Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, but he remains a part of the squad. Marseille have been one of the clubs rumoured to be interested and manager Rudi Garcia admits that the club do want to sign the French international. He told L’Equipe:

“I think he does not want to come to Marseille, Olivier Giroud. The problem is that. It can be understood, when you are the striker of the French (national) team, he’s eventually going to change clubs … this shows that we still have barriers to cross to be completely attractive.”

These are interesting quotes and show that there is concrete interest in the striker, but he appears to be determined to remain with Arsenal. That could change during the coming weeks as he will understand the importance of regular first-team football with the World Cup on the horizon. Giroud is well thought of in the French set-up, but he needs to be playing games in order to start for his national team. If that isn’t likely in North London, he could readjust his thinking.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.