Arsenal gets transfer boost as one competitor denies interest in their transfer target

Arsenal has been handed a small boost in their bid to add Patrick van Aanholt to their squad this summer.

The Gunners have been chasing the signature of the Dutchman for some time now and they could get him for nothing.

After allowing Sead Kolasinac to leave them for Schalke 04 last January, the Gunners made enquiries about signing Van Aanholt in the same month.

They couldn’t seal the deal, but he would be out of a contract at the end of this month, which gives them the chance to sign him.

However, they face competition from teams around Europe for his signature.

One of them is SS Lazio, but the good news is that the Italian side has denied the rumours that they want him.

Il Messaggero via Inside Futbol is reporting that the Gunners now have one less competitor to worry about.

This is because Lazio has no interest in taking the former Chelsea man to Rome this summer.

The Italian side needs a new left-back, but they have turned their attention towards a move for Napoli star Elseid Hysaj.

Signing a hugely experienced defender like the 30-year-old will give Arsenal assurance of a fine cover for Kieran Tierney when he isn’t available or is being rested.

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  1. Too old. He’s probably got a year ahead of him and that’s it. We seem to be a paddock where old players can live out their lives comfortably, chewing on 80 grand a week. On a one year contract maybe, but we’ve seen how players like Willian get their long contracts and then down tools.

    1. Agree.
      We’ve not had any luck with all these old freebies of recent. Lichteiner, Kolasinac, Soares, Willian, name them
      No need for ‘squad players’. Go out there and spend reasonably for young players that have something to prove and a good sell-on value if they need to leave

      1. Harsh on van aanholt, he is an attacking full back and decent defensively also has been starting for Holland in the euro’s. Free transfer so we can save funds for midfield and right back recruits, just don’t pay him ridiculous wages

  2. Considering he would only be coming to provide cover, not a horrible purchase if done on the cheap…now if he can somehow help us acquire Dumfries, then I’m all in

  3. He is a good player considering he is in the Dutch team for the Euros. And also we cannot generalise all 30 year olds, each player is different and this player is full of energy and enthusiasm. He should be a good buy.

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