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Report: Arsenal close to announcing first January signing; agent is finalising deal this weekend

Arsenal are close to announcing their first signing of the January window, with reports from Italy claiming Juventus midfielder, Arthur Melo, is set to join on an 18 month loan deal.

Tuttosport reports that Arsenal have now accepted the terms of agreement with Juventus. The Turin side want Arsenal to take Melo for 18 months, rather than just the six for this season. And Tuttosport claims that despite initially not wanting to do a deal on those terms, the Gunners have now wilted and accepted.

It’s suggested that Arthur’s agent is now working hard to conclude the deal with Arsenal right now. It could, in reality, mean the Gunners are ready to announce the Brazilian as their new signing at the start of this coming week.

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Melo has emerged as one of the top midfield targets for the Gunners. Mikel Arteta is desperate to add depth in the middle of the park. He signed Albert Lokonga in the summer, but with only Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey senior figures in the middle of the park, more is needed.

The Brazilian was a £66m signing for Juventus. But the Turin giants are now willing to let Melo go, with Arsenal ready to accept the long-term loan deal.

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Maybe the fact Thomas Partey was sent of this week has sped things up here, but the Gunners need a midfield player through the door and quickly. Of course, it needs to be the right player too.

But in Melo, it looks like the Gunners are getting a player of sufficient quality. He’s ideal for what they need in the middle of the park. Cool in possession, can get box to box, and doesn’t mind a biting tackle either.

This 18 month deal will give Arteta the time he needs to assess Melo. Essentially, it’s an ideal transfer really.

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