Arsenal told asking price after watching midfield target net at the Emirates

Date published: Tuesday 21st January 2020 5:23

Arsenal will have to pay £20m if they want to lure midfielder John Fleck away from Sheffield United in the summer, according to reports.

Fleck joined the Blades in 2016 and has risen to become one of Chris Wilder‘s most trusted players, including with his recent performances in the Premier League.

The Scotsman has chipped in with five goals and two assists to help his side into seventh in the table, seven points off the top four.

According to Football Insider, United are not interested in selling Fleck in January as they push to finish the campaign strongly.

However, the 28-year-old will have only a year left on his contract in the summer meaning the Blades could be forced to sell up or risk losing him for a cut-price fee in the following months.

The source says that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has had Fleck on his radar for some time and the interest in him intensified after his performance at the Emirates last weekend.

Having gone 1-0 down through Gabriel Martinelli’s strike, it was Fleck who netted the equaliser for Wilder’s side late on in the second half.

 

 

Fleck, a Rangers academy graduate, has also played for Blackpool in a loan spell.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu according to reports.

SportMediaset claims that the Turkish international is looking for a new challenge and that his agent is searching for such a move.

Bektas Demirtas has apparently offered Calhanoglu’s services to Arsenal, though Arteta is yet to be convinced by the Bayer Leverkusen star.

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