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Arsenal shown perfect £34m January transfer deal and Edu must stop Juventus from hijacking it

The idea of Arsenal signing the perfect midfielder has continued on from the acquisition of Thomas Partey in 2020. Thought to be the best signing in the position since Santi Cazorla, the Ghanaian has not been able to completely replicate his impressive form at Atletico Madrid.

However, much discussion surrounds if paired with the best partner, whether Partey would flourish. Here lies Arsenal’s greatest need alongside their pursuit of a striker. Bruno Guimaraes would be one of the best options that the club could or rather should pursue.

The Brazilian has been linked with Arsenal for some time, even prior to his move to Lyon. The club again has been reported to be interested in the player with technical director Edu a big fan of the 24-year-old.

However, Arsenal now face competition for the player from a famous foe already well-versed in beating the Gunners to their midfield targets.

Looking to find their own perfect partner for a midfield summer signing, Juventus have identified Guimaraes as a player they feel best suited to join Manuel Locatelli in the Turn-based club’s midfield.

Arsenal were interested in the Italian in the summer of 2021 and despite a reported bid of £34 million, failed to land the 23-year-old.

Juventus, however, are now reportedly looking to acquire Guimaraes on a loan with the obligation to buy the player in the summer at a reported fee in the region of €45 million (£37m).

With Arsenal’s investment focused on Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this winter, the idea of missing out on Guimaraes in a deal structured on the basis of an initial loan is maddening.

This type of deal appears to be the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to land not just one, but two brilliant players in the same window.

A £37 million permanent transfer in the winter window for Guimaraes in addition to the money associated with a prospective move for Vlahovic is very unrealistic.

However, turn the Guimaraes deal into a loan with an obligation and suddenly the landscape of the two signings happening in the same window changes dramatically.

Midfield continues to be an area of vulnerability to Arsenal with the African Cup of Nationsdepartures, but also with the consistent errors connected to Granit Xhaka’s game.

Sambi Lokonga remains a very inexperienced player and Mohamed Elneny is not of the quality to assure the Gunners of a place in the top four if he was a consistent starter.

Technical director Edu needs to consider playing a smart game and if the option to secure Bruno Guimaraes on an initial loan deal before a summer transfer is feasible, he must jump on the opportunity.

If the Arsenal executive needs any convincing, simply watching back the 24-year-old’s performance against Ligue 1 leaders PSGamongst the rest of his displays this season should be enough to get him moving on a deal.

 

 

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