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Arsenal transfer news, rumours, gossip and deals from deadline day

Transfer news, rumours, gossip and done deals on January deadline day

Harry Latham-Coyle
Thursday 31 January 2019 18:32
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Arsenal secured the loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona, but did not do any other deals despite being linked with former Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and PSG’s Christopher Nkunku.

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Arsenal on deadline day.

They have secured a deal for Barcelona's Denis Suarez but moves for Belgian international Yannick Carrasco, Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and PSG's Christopher Nkunku are still in the works.

We'll bring you all the latest news plus all the done deals and the juiciest gossip throughout the day right here so don't touch that dial.

Without further ado, off we go.

Ben Burrows31 January 2019 07:24

Right then, let's start shall we?

A deal for Denis Suarez is as good as done and will be announced shortly but the Gunners aren't planning on stopping there.

They are still working on a move for a winger with Yannick Carrasco and Ivan Perisic still possible while PSG's Christopher Nkunku is another target.

Ben Burrows31 January 2019 07:37

Arsenal are in talks with Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco's camp over a loan move this month, but the Belgian is understood to only be a back-up option if other moves don't come off.

While Ferreira-Carrasco remains an intriguing option for the Gunners, with Dalian Yifang ready to let him return to Europe, Arsenal are also in talks over a number of other temporary deals designed to bolster their squad for the second half of the season. 

Denis Suarez's incorporation into the squad should be sealed on Wednesday and does not affect any other arrivals, with the Barcelona midfielder expected to be announced on an initial loan deal with an option to buy in the summer.

Ferreira-Carrasco is expected to be a similar negotiation in terms of structure, but Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan is the club's preferred option as an addition to play wide.

The issue with Perisic is that Inter are only willing to let him go for a big loan fee, something the Gunners are reluctant to pay, while the chase for Paris Saint-Germain's Christopher Nkunku continues.

Ben Burrows31 January 2019 08:28

Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe is set to join RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season, subject to passing a medical.

The Independent understands that the midfielder flew to Germany yesterday with terms already agreed between the two clubs.

The 18-year-old has been assured first team action by Leipzig and Unai Emeryand Arsenal have given their full blessing to Smith Rowe, who is seen as a long-term star at the club.

Leipzig, who are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, have long held an interest in Smith Rowe but any decision to allow the teenager to leave was subject to Arsenal confirming the signing of Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona.

Arsenal plan to add another loan signing before the end of the transfer window meaning playing opportunities for Smith Rowe would have been limited in the second half of the season.

Ben Burrows31 January 2019 08:45

So what of Denis Suarez?

Well all we're waiting on is confirmation after Barcelona let slip a deal for the Spanish midfielder to move to north London had been agreed.

He'll move on loan with an option for the Gunners to buy in the summer.

The question now is who will join him?

Ben Burrows31 January 2019 09:21

I don't want to alarm you but Christopher Nkunku's move to the Emirates appears to have taken a step closer.

PSG have a replacement jetting in as we speak.

DC United's Luciano Acosta is flying to Paris ahead of a move, according to Sky Sports.

That would seem to free up Nkunku to move to Arsenal.

Watch this space.

Ben Burrows31 January 2019 09:57

We do expect the Denis Suarez deal to be completed this morning, but that should not preclude Arsenal from looking for another addition in forward areas today.

Unai Emery is believed to be looking to add width to his options behind striking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Ivan Perisic and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco are the two names being mentioned, but at the moment neither move is particularly close.

Plenty of time left in the window, however...

Harry Latham-Coyle31 January 2019 10:09

More conjecture on the potential deal for Christopher Nkunku.

Idrissa Gueye has been linked with a move to PSG throughout the transfer window and the midfield destroyer signalled a desire to leave Everton by handing in a transfer request earlier this week. 

So potentially two midfielders arriving in Paris - could that free up Nkunku for a move to London?

Harry Latham-Coyle31 January 2019 10:18

We brought you exclusive news of Emile Smith Rowe's loan move to RB Leipzig last night, but it appears that Eddie Nketiah may not be following his teammate to the Bundesliga before the window closes.

The loan deal with Augsburg appears to have collapsed, and it seems Nketiah will stay at Arsenal.

Harry Latham-Coyle31 January 2019 10:23

RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Smith Rowe is currently undergoing a medical ahead of completing his loan move to the club, news The Independent brought you exclusively last night...

Harry Latham-Coyle31 January 2019 10:32

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