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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners set to launch January move for Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic

ARSENAL are set to make a January transfer move for Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to reports. But Arsene Wenger could have competition for the Serbian international as Serie A outfit Inter Milan are also sniffing around. Maksimovic cost Napoli £20million when he made the move from Torino in the summer of 2016, but he […]

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ARSENAL are set to make a January transfer move for Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to reports.

But Arsene Wenger could have competition for the Serbian international as Serie A outfit Inter Milan are also sniffing around.

Serbian international Nikola Maksimovic is on the radar of Arsenal, who could make a move in January
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Maksimovic cost Napoli £20million when he made the move from Torino in the summer of 2016, but he spent most of the season on the bench.

Things haven’t improved much this season, where he has started just two games in all competitions.

And now should Napoli seek to cut their losses early doors, Football Italia reports that Arsenal could well make their move.

Maksimovic started off his career in Serbia with Sloboda Uzice before making a £200,000 move to Red Star Belgrade.

Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic has struggled since he joined from Torino for £20m
Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic has struggled since he joined from Torino for £20m
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may look for defensive reinforcements in January to prolong their title challenge
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may look for defensive reinforcements in January to prolong their title challenge
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He joined Torino in 2013 and made 66 appearances for the club before his big-money move to Napoli.

And should Wenger snap up Maksimovic, he could be the long-term plan at centre-half alongside Calum Chambers.

SunSport reported yesterday how the 22-year-old, who joined from Southampton in the summer of 2014, has committed himself to the Gunners until 2021.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Everyone at Arsenal is looking forward to Calum’s continued contribution to the club.”

And Chambers wrote of his delight at signing a new deal on Twitter.

He said: "Proud to sign a new contract with Arsenal.

"I know I'm still a young player and I want to have my best years playing for this football club.

"I want to win as many trophies with Arsenal as possible.

"I'm going to repay the fans for the faith they have shown in me.

"Can't wait to get going again."

Could Nikola Maksimovic form the defensive future alongside Calum Chambers, who recently committed his long-term future to the club?
Could Nikola Maksimovic form the defensive future alongside Calum Chambers, who recently committed his long-term future to the club?
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Arsenal not given up hope of Mesut Ozil signing new deal… but will look to sell him in January if he does not before Christmas

ARSENAL have not given up hope of persuading Mesut Ozil to sign a new deal before January. The World Cup winner is out of contract next summer, and free to leave on a free transfer. The German midfielder’s representative have been in talks with the Gunners for more than a year over fresh terms. Arsene […]

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ARSENAL have not given up hope of persuading Mesut Ozil to sign a new deal before January.

The World Cup winner is out of contract next summer, and free to leave on a free transfer.

Mesut Ozil is out of contract next summer, but Arsenal have not given up on his signing a new one
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The German midfielder’s representative have been in talks with the Gunners for more than a year over fresh terms.

Arsene Wenger’s men were understood to have given up on the 29-year-old, and resigned to him leaving the Emirates.

But there is still hope he may yet stay and pen a new deal – expected to be for three-years – before the end of the month.

Emirates insiders have suggested a stunning breakthrough in negotiations is “very, very close.”

Arsene Wenger wants Ozil to stay at Arsenal, and has been in talks with him over a fresh contract
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It is thought he wants a huge boost on his £140,000-a-week wages, along with a hefty signing-on bonus.

However, if terms are not struck before the January transfer window opens, Arsenal will look to cut their loses.

Wenger does not want to lose the ex-Real Madrid ace for nothing, and would rather get a fee for him.

Manchester United are one of the clubs interested, but Emirates chiefs are reluctant to sell to a league rival.

Flogging him abroad would be their preferred option, and they will look for between £15m and £20m.

Ozil joined the Gunners from Spanish giants Madrid for £42.5m in the summer of 2013.

The German player of the year has gone to make 127 Premier League appearances and score 24 goals for the club.

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Arsenal are set to beat AC Milan and Juventus to Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto

ARSENAL are in pole-position to land Udinese kid Jakub Jankto. The 21-year-old midfielder has been monitored by the Premier League side for over a year and they are set to beat Juventus and AC Milan to his signature, claim Calcio Mercato. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger tried to wrap up a deal for Jankto in the […]

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ARSENAL are in pole-position to land Udinese kid Jakub Jankto.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been monitored by the Premier League side for over a year and they are set to beat Juventus and AC Milan to his signature, claim Calcio Mercato.

Arsenal want Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger tried to wrap up a deal for Jankto in the summer, but the move fell through and the now the Frenchman has reignited his interest.

Jankto has bagged two goals in 13 appearances for Udinese and has a reported £6million release clause in his contract.

Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan were in the mix to try and keep the highly-rated midfielder in Serie A.

But the deal for the Czech Republic international could mark the end for Jack Wilshere who becomes a free agent in the summer.

Jakub Jankto celebrates scoring against Genoa in September
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Arsene Wenger spoke about the midfielders situation in his pre-match press conference today
Arsene Wenger nearly landed Jakub Jankto in the summer
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Jack Wilshere admits he may have to leave Arsenal in order to find first-team football
Arrival of Jakub Jankto could spell end for Jack Wilshere who admits he may have to leave to find first-team football
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The Gunners academy product has not agreed a new deal at the Emirates, despite Wenger keen for him to stay on beyond this season.

Wilshere, 25 has been offered the chance to join Real Betis, with the Spanish side confident of luring the England international to Spain next season.


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The Gunners will be looking to invest heavily when the transfer window reopens in January.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have so far refused to commit their long-term futures to the club and Wenger has insisted the pair will not be leaving in January.

Arsenal face Huddersfield Town at the Emirates on Wednesday looking to go four points ahead of Spurs who lost at Leicester City.

 

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Sven Mislintat joins Arsenal as head of recruitment after leaving Dortmund

ARSENAL have confirmed the appointment of Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment. Current chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down after 25 years’ service and the Gunners have acted fast to bring in his replacement. According to Sport Bild, Arsenal will pay Borussia Dortmund around £1.8million for the 45-year-old super scout – dubbed ‘Diamond […]

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ARSENAL have confirmed the appointment of Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment.

Current chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down after 25 years’ service and the Gunners have acted fast to bring in his replacement.

Arsenal have appointing Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat
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According to Sport Bild, Arsenal will pay Borussia Dortmund around £1.8million for the 45-year-old super scout – dubbed ‘Diamond Eye’.

In a statement, the Gunners were quick to point out Mislintat “is credited with creating the pipeline of young talent at Dortmund which has produced the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.”

Arsene Wenger added: “We are delighted that Sven is joining us. Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years.

“We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club.

“He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future.”


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The 45-year-old is Arsenal’s new head of recruitment
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Steve Rowley is leaving the Gunners after 25 years
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Arsene Wenger’s side have been quick to find a replacement for Steve Rowley
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Mislintat had a contract at Signal Iduna Park until 2021, and had been with the club since 2007.

He has also been credited for the discovery and signing of Robert Lewandowski from Lech Poznan.

Bild also report that Bayern Munich were keen on nabbing Mislintat, but he will not be the latest star to move to their rivals.


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Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze have all made the switch to the Allianz Arena in recent years, though Gotze has since returned to Dortmund.

Mislintat’s signing comes after a fantastic weekend for Arsenal fans, after Arsene Wenger’s men beat rivals Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.

And with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s future still unclear, Mislintat will have an influence on the Gunners’ business in January.

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