Arsenal transfer news: Gonalons hijack readied; Mandzukic to be watched

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All the latest transfer news from The Emirates Stadium this morning.

The Italian press claim that Arsenal are set to hijack the interest in Maxime Gonalons held by Napoli.

The talented Frenchman has been a target for the Italian side for over a year now. In January it was even reported that the club had agreed to sign the player - only for Lyon to pull the plug at the last minute.

Now it is reported Napoli chief Aurelio Di Laurentiis is tired of Lyon's negotiating tactics and will not pursue a permanent deal this summer.

Leaving Arsenal ready to swoop in and sign the defensive midfielder.

Arsene Wenger will cast his eye over Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic this summer - starting tonight at the World Cup opening game against Brazil.

The talented forward has been told he can leave Bayern this summer - after the arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

Wenger is performing TV duties in Brazil, but will also use his time to scout potential transfer targets.

Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Brazilian club Gremio over talented defender Bressan. The 21-year-old starlet has become one of Brazilian football's most talented defensive forces and The Gunners are said to be keen on his signature.

Bressan, who operates mainly as a central defender, has previously been on trial with French side Lille, but Wenger is said to be a big fan of the player. He would compete with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen for a place in the starting XI.

However, he would likely spend time on loan away from the club if signed, as he is unlikely to receive a work permit to play in the UK.

Former Arsenal youngster Chuks Aneke looks like finding himself a new club - after being released by The Gunners this summer.

The powerful central midfielder, once dubbed Yaya Toure-like by Wenger, is reportedly set to join managerless Leeds United of The Championship in the coming days.

Aneke spent the past two seasons on loan at Crewe Alexandra.

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