Paper Talk: Eriksen off the cards for Arsenal as Arteta makes tough call over January priority

Date published: Wednesday 25th November 2020 8:18

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes a tough decision over his January transfer priority, while a Gunners star is facing crunch talks – all in the latest Paper Talk.

 

GUNNERS BACK AWAY FROM ERIKSEN

Arsenal have decided not to pursue a January deal for Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen in January, according to a report.

The 28-year-old feels unsettled at the Serie A club, despite only joining in this year’s winter window. Indeed, he has struggled to make his mark under boss Antonio Conte, who will not change tactics to accommodate him.

As such, Inter chief Beppe Marotta has confirmed that Eriksen could leave in January, with speculation now arising about where the Denmark international’s future lies.

Several reports have linked Arsenal with a swoop but, according to the Daily Star, the Gunners will back away.

While Eriksen‘s agent has offered the midfielder to Arsenal, they have no plans to move for him, nor have they held any talks about a deal.

Instead, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants a new centre-back in January. The Spanish boss has made the decision despite a dilemma over his priorities.

Arsenal are struggling for goals; they have only registered nine strikes this term and only four Premier League teams have had fewer shots on target.

But defenders David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are all out of contract in the summer. As such, Arteta’s priority has become a new defender.

As for Eriksen, meanwhile, the Daily Star adds that Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund are keen.

 

AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK

Arsenal are to hold talks with Nicolas Pepe after his red card against Leeds on Sunday (The Times)

Meanwhile, the Gunners are monitoring the development of former academy player Yunus Musah (90min)

Arsenal have also received a boost after Yusuf Yazici’s agent said that his client wants a new club (The Sun)

Liverpool will benefit from a loophole in the Premier League’s Covid-19 regulations over Mohamed Salah’s return (The Sun)

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Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has promised attacker Takumi Minamino a greater role in his plans (Daily Mail)

Ajax are keen on signing Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt on a pre-contract deal in January (Football Insider)

The Premier League is drawing up plans to host tens of thousands of fans in stadiums as early as January (The Telegraph)

Indeed, Brighton chief Paul Barber wants to see a “roadmap” for the return of supporters (Daily Mirror)

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But with a maximum of 4,000 fans permitted from next Wednesday, football clubs have been warned about handing tickets to the highest-paying supporters or sponsors (Daily Telegraph)

Florin Balogun is one of four Arsenal youngsters travelling to Norway for the match with Molde on Thursday (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arteta will hand Pepe a chance at redemption in the Europa League clash (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a job for life in a bid to officially end links with Manchester City (Daily Mirror)

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Real Madrid have told Manchester United that defender Raphael Varane is nontransferable (The Sun)

City reportedly considered a move for Romelu Lukaku but did not want to meet his fee (The Sun)

England manager Gareth Southgate believes that Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala could be the next teenager to break into his squad (Daily Mail)

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