Paper Talk: Arsenal open talks for Lyon star as four Aubameyang replacements are identified

Date published: Saturday 1st January 2022 9:11 - James Marshment

Bruno Guimaraes of Olympique Lyon in action during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lyon and Strasbourg at Groupama Stadium

Arsenal are in talks over a deal for Bruno Guimaraes and also have four striker targets, Tottenham are chasing an Atletico Madrid star, while the New Year’s Day Transfer Gossip claims Liverpool are readying a cut-price raid on Wolves.

BRUNO GUIMARAES TALKS FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal are holding talks with Lyon over a move for midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

The Gunners are looking to add more options to their squad heading into the second half of the season. Indeed, Mikel Arteta’s side are well placed in fourth after an excellent run of results.

However, the club are all too aware they need reinforcements if they are to hold off West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United to secure a Champions League spot.

Now, as per the Daily Mirror, talks are underway for Guimaraes.

Citing journalist Nicolo Schira, they state Edu is a huge fan of his fellow Brazilian and has long been aware of his talents. He first moved to Lyon in January 2020 and has caught the eye at the base of their midfield.

Now they claim talks are underway over a deal to bring him to Emirates Stadium.

Guimaraes, however, will not come cheap with his deal still having two and a half years to run.

The three-times capped midfielder has 24 appearances this season, making five assists.

Bruno Guimaraes first, Aubameyang replacements next

 

Meanwhile, the Mirror claims Arteta and Edu have a shortlist of four names they want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng.

With Aubameyang to pick from three destinations, the paper claims Arsenal now know the four men they are looking at as replacements.

Alexander Isak, Dusan Vlahovic, Dominic Calvert-Lewis as well as Ollie Watkins are the four options they fancy.

GRIEZMANN, KULUSEVSKI ON TOTTENHAM WISHLIST

Antoine Griezmann playing for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League against FC Porto

Tottenham are lining up a shock move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and could secure his signing for around £40m. (The Sun)

Tottenham are also hoping to secure Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski in a swap deal involving midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. (The Sun)

Cesar Azpilicueta’s plans to build a new seven-bedroom house on the site of his Surrey mansion have been dashed because of a roost for two protected species of bats. (The Sun)

Tottenham are ready to make a lucrative offer for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who will be free to negotiate with clubs outside Italy from today. (Daily Mail)

Bakary Sako says he is trying to persuade Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang to rejoin Saint-Etienne. (Daily Mail)

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is emerging as the priority signing for Barcelona boss Xavi in January. (Daily Mail)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are considering a January raid for Adama Traore amid claims his asking price has been slashed to £18m. (Daily Mirror)

Inter Milan’s ultras have unveiled banners telling Romelu Lukaku they do not want him back at the club because he “ran away” last summer to take Chelsea’s riches. (Daily Mirror)

Bruno Lage says Cristiano Ronaldo can happily come play for Wolves if he ever wants to leave Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have given youngster Jayden Braaf the green light to seek a permanent exit from the club in January. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have been warned the situation could turn “ugly” if a deal cannot be found for Anthony Martial to leave the club on loan in January with Sevilla his favoured destination. (Daily Express)

Sunderland are in talks over a loan deal with Manchester City for winger Patrick Roberts. (Daily Record)

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