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Transfer Gossip: Exciting South American trio in Arsenal sights; Man Utd boosted in chase for Netherlands forward

James Marshment
Carlos Alcaraz, Racing Club midfielder during Argentina Primera Division - River Plate v Racing Club - Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires

Arsenal are looking to sign three South American stars this summer, with emerging talent Carlos Alcaraz top of that list, Manchester United have learned the cost needed to sign a Netherlands winger, while Newcastle are favourites to land a Burnley star.

CARLOS ALCARAZ TOPS ARSENAL WANTED LIST

Arsenal are reportedly pushing hard to bring in Carlos Alcaraz to the club this summer.

The 19-year-old has burst on to the scene in Argentina this year and now looks poised for a blockbuster transfer.

Operating as an attacking midfielder or deep-lying forward, the player is drawing comparisons with Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.

And with the Gunners looking for attacking reinforcements, the name of Alcaraz is seemingly high on their agenda.

As per the Daily Express, Arsenal are locked in a battle with Tottenham to sign the Racing Club star.

They are not the only clubs keen, however, with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Inter and AC Milan also keen.

However, with a £22m exit clause in his deal, he appears certain to move on this summer.

As per the report, Arsenal could secure his signing for just £17.5m but by including a significant sell-on clause in the transfer.

Indeed, Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to bring in Alcaraz to play alongside Gabriel Jesus.

The Manchester City forward looks like the man to make way following the blockbuster swoop for Erling Haaland this summer.

The Gunners have reportedly seen their opening £42m offer for the Brazilian fail. However, City are reportedly seeking a £50m fee and reaching an agreement should not be too hard.

Arthur Melo back on Arsenal radar

Arteta also wants to add more quality to his midfield and is also back on the trail of Arthur Melo.

The 25-year-old was on the verge of joining Arsenal in January before the move broke down.

However, Arsenal are looking to resurrect the transfer, with his agent suggesting a move away from Juventus looks to be on.

“In January he was close to leaving and joining Arsenal,” Pastorello told La Repubblica.

Arsenal board decline Arthur loan move from Juventus

Arsenal have rejected Juventus over a loan move for Arthur

“He is too important a player to be marginalised. Arthur also needs to think about his situation with the national team. He was signed to play a different style of football, with Maurizio Sarri he would have played [Chelsea star] Jorginho.

“[Massimiliano] Allegri likes him but instead he wants to play with two more physical midfielders.

“It’s a tactical question, and I don’t make the technical choices. But it’s not in anyone’s interest to continue in this situation.”

MAN UTD LEARN FEE TO SIGN ARNAUT DANJUMA

Manchester United are reportedly considering whether to push through a deal to sign Arnaut Danjuma this summer.

Arnaut Danjuma Villarreal March 2021

The Netherlands forward has caught the eye with Villarreal this season, scoring 16 goals and assisting with five more.

Signing for a bargain £21.3m last summer from Bournemouth, he now appears likely to move on again this summer.

That has led to speculation of a return to the Premier League with Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United among his suitors.

However, with Liverpool signing Luis Diaz in January, it seems unlikely they will go back in for Danjuma.

As such, the path appears clear for Manchester United or Newcastle if they are to make a move.

Now, Marca reports that Danjuma can depart this summer if any club matches his £45m exit clause.

That is seemingly a move that new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will consider as he looks to boost his attacking options.

Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are likely to leave. As such, United are reportedly looking to sign at least one new forward this summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, now appears likely to stay after a ringing endorsement for Ten Hag.

NEWCASTLE IN FOR JAMES TARKOWSKI

Josh Brownhill and James Tarkowski celebrating for Burnley

Newcastle are reportedly favourites to sign James Tarkowski this summer.

The Burnley defender has long been on West Ham’s radar, though David Moyes was unable to convince the Clarets to sell.

Now the 29-year-old appears certain to move on with his deal at Turf Moor expiring.

According to the Daily Mirror, it is Newcastle though who are now leading the race.

They are ready to offer Tarkowski a significant wage increase on his current £50,000 a week package.

Speaking of their summer plans, Eddie Howe wants Newcastle to focus on quality over quantity.

“I’m always a firm believer that you don’t want to make too many changes. Too many incomings can have a negative effect on the group. Those numbers were right for January – and that was what the team needed,” Howe said.

“The feel was enhanced by the players we brought it. Their attitudes and mentality was very good, and, instantly, you felt the uplift from those players.

“That’s not always the case when you sign new players. The balance can end up being rocked and I have to be mindful of that this summer. That’s a good line, evolution not revolution. I’ve adopted it, and I continue to use it.”