All the latest transfer news and gossip from this morning at The Emirates.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been distancing himself from a move for Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic. The Montenegrin can play across the front-line and is not currently a regular with the Bianconeri.
However, when questioned on the subject after the game against Fulham yesterday afternoon, Wenger had this to say:
"We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic. Some people have visual capacities that I don't have. We are not on any special case. I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don't have the possibility to do it."
The Polish striker’s contract expires in the summer and Arsenal were one of up to 12 teams who approached him about a Bosman deal.
However the Pole signed for Bayern Munich earlier this month and Szczesny explained his efforts, stating:
"Lewandowski has been my friend for a very long time…I tried my best.”
Alvaro Morata has ended any speculation over his future. The Real Madrid striker, who has been linked with a loan deal to The Emirates this month, was speaking after he scored the fifth goal in a 5-0 drubbing of Real Betis - and made his position abundantly clear:
“I'm very happy here, I belong here. I am delighted to be here even if I get few minutes.”
Arsenal scouts were at the Lille v Saint-Etienne game last night - with Lille full-back Pape Souare said to be the object of their affection.
The Senegalese international is however a left-back - an area of the pitch Arsenal do not need to strengthen - so perhaps other players were on the agenda.
Finally, and Bacary Sagna is now reportedly expected to leave Arsenal in the summer. The Frenchman’s contract expires in less than six months and despite Wenger saying negotiations were at an advanced stage earlier this week - it looks as if he might be off.
Reports suggest he will reject a deal at The Emirates to take a more lucrative and long-term offer in Turkey or France.
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