Reports spreading across the European media this evening have confirmed that a pair of rumoured Arsenal targets are set for transfers elsewhere.
On the back of an altogether-underwhelming opening half to the campaign, the Gunners have been tipped to move for a whole host of players since the opening of the winter transfer window at the beginning of the month.
Recent days, meanwhile, have seen Shakhtar Donetsk stopper Mykola Matviyenko touted as the most likely January addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Shakhtar Donetsk want £30m for Arsenal target Mykola Matviyenko. His agent says the clubs are in talks about a deal for the centre back. Matviyenko played twice against Man City this season when Mikel Arteta was assistant coach there. Arsenal want a centre back but prefer loan
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 23, 2020
Kurzawa to Juventus/Guimaraes to Lyon
To this point, however, with just a week remaining until the transfer window slams shut, Arsenal have failed to push a single deal over the line.
And, as outlined above, another pair of players previously hotly-tipped to make the move to north London this month now look all set for moves elsewhere.
First, PSG stopper Layvin Kurzawa, who it was claimed had gone as far as to agree a 5-year deal with Arsenal, is instead on the verge of a move to Italian champions Juventus, as part of an exchange deal for Mattia De Sciglio:
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 24, 2020
The 2nd Gunners-linked star set for a transfer to a rival European club, meanwhile, is Bruno Guimaraes.
The Arsenal board reportedly set up a meeting with Brazilian outfit Athletico Paranaense last week, with a view to securing midfield standout Guimaraes’ signature.
However, updates stemming from both France and Brazil tonight assure that the highly-regarded 22-year-old is in fact Lyon-bound:
ATENÇÃO: Bruno Guimarães jogará no Lyon. Daqui a pouco mais informações no @globoesportecom
— André Hernan (@andrehernan) January 24, 2020
🚨 Bruno Guimaraes (Athletico Paranaense) a annoncé à l’OL qu’il restait sur son envie de rejoindre Lyon. Les dirigeants lyonnais restent prudents tant que cela n’est pas signé. Mais un dénouement positif se rapproche pour l’OL qui finalise l’opération… https://t.co/0bflOs5HpH
— Bilel Ghazi (@BilelGhazi) January 24, 2020
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