ARSENAL are desperate to keep hold of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the striker reportedly agreed to join Barcelona.
But there could be a new incoming signing in midfield with a move for Thomas Lemar said to be back on the agenda.
Get all the latest Gunners news and transfer gossip here…
KEEP CALM AND MARI ON
Looks like Arsenal are finally getting a new defender, after the club's technical director Edu was spotted at a airport in Rio de Janeiro with Pablo Mari.
The Flamengo centre-back – formerly of Manchester City – has been linked with a move back to England.
He only left for a return to Brazil six months ago and Mikel Arteta wants a reunion with the 26-year-old after coaching him at the Premier League champions.
MARI ME, BABY
The Gunners are nearing a deal for ex-Manchester City defender Pablo Mari, according to reports.
Mikel Arteta worked with the defender, 26, when he left the Etihad just six months ago.
And according to ESPN, Mari has flown to London to get the deal over the line, less than a year after moving to Flamengo on a permanent deal.
Mari played in the Club World Cup against Liverpool in December, where the Brazilian side were knocked out by Roberto Firmino's extra-time strike.
Arsenal have been dealt a mega-blow in their pursuit of Layvin Kurzawa.
According to Goal, the PSG left-back is in advanced talks with Juventus over a swap deal.
In exchange, Mattia De Sciglio would move from Turin to Paris.
PSG sporting director Leonardo is a big admirer of De Sciglio and the pair worked together when he came through the AC Milan academy.
OUR ARTS ARE IN IT
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal fans are finally falling back in love with Arsenal.
Gooners had a frosty relationship with their side during the toxic final few years of Arsene Wenger’s reign and Unai Emery’s troubled spell.
Ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Bournemouth, he said: “One of the big things is creating that connection again with fans.
“We haven’t seen them support the team like they did against Chelsea for a long time. It was incredible and was like we were playing at home.
“I’m so proud they’re feeling a bit closer to the team.”
More details are emerging from Ukraine of Arsenal's bid to take Mykola Matviyenko on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.
According to Komanda 1, the Gunners have offered a £4.5m loan fee for the centre-back.
This will be followed by a £22m compulsory purchase at the end of the season.
Shakhtar want a £30m fee for Matviyenko and this new offer from Arsenal would reach a total of £26.5m, just narrowly short of their demands.
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