Journalist Ben Jacobs has tipped Arsenal to consider a move for Ibrahima Bamba if they cannot seal a move for Moises Caicedo.
Mikel Arteta’s side has met resistance in their bid to add Caicedo to their squad in this transfer window.
Brighton has maintained he is not for sale and two big-money offers from the Gunners have already been turned down by the Seagulls.
This means the Londoners are in a race against time to add a new midfielder to their squad before this transfer window closes.
Bamba has also been on their radar, but there doesn’t seem to be a plan to add the Vitoria Guimaraes man to their squad this month.
With a move for Caicedo proving difficult, Arsenal could turn their attention towards the youngster.
Jacobs said to Give me Sport:
“You have spinning plates, because you have to be able to move from one target to the other and you can’t let a target know that they’re your backup. So it’s all about having a consistent narrative with players and making them feel wanted because you might have to pivot from one target to another.
“And it’s very normal, therefore, to have multiple players that you think you can get quickly because there’s only a few days left to the window. So with Ibrahim Bamba, who’s the defensive midfielder at Victoria Guimaras, he’s on Arsenal’s radar.”
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We need a new midfielder for the second half of the season because we cannot trust Albert Sambi Lokonga to cover for Thomas Partey.
Caicedo has been more efficient in that role, but we might have run out of time to sign him and have to find an alternative now.
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A young player, with no premier league experience, to play DM at this club, at this point in the season.
Anyone touting such a move needs a head exam.
Pass on Caicedo for 80 million, don’t get rinsed when we avoided the same with Mudryk.
There are other suitable alternatives, Onana from Everton is quality on a struggling club. He fits nicely and for less money.
Agree, although Onana probably won’t be available – Dyche will have made sure Everton has agreed to sell no more players this season without his agreement.
And with 1 day to go… the Sociedad guy would be the best bet (his club don’t have to agree over there).
If Arsenal we’re serious about Onana I think they
would of tried to capitalize on the uncertainty after
FL was fired by submitting a cheeky bid.
WTS If I were Edu I’d have a £50M off for the Belgian
waiting for the Everton brass the moment they
opened for business in the morn.
A serious move for Jorginho would honestly KiILL any
good will that Edu and the club had built up with the
fan base so far this season.
Even the sales of Ben white, cucurella, Bissaumma looks largely inflated. They managed to get good sum for Trossard who is already 28 and only 1 yr left of contract. They also forked good sum for Maupay. Why these players looked so good in Brighton shirt and not in other club is because Brighton play in system and these players fit well in their system. Yeah among these Ben white has been largely successful. But other players has mixed performance. Just see how important Bissoumma was to Brighton and looked so so good and was consistently linked with Arsenal also but we went for Lokonga. Caicedo at present is similar to Bissoumma of last season. So before forking out 70mil or more for Brighton player who plays well in their system we should be absolutely sure that the player can have similar impact in our system too.
“we should be absolutely sure that the player can have similar impact in our system too” And how do you propose that can be done?
Ibrahim Sangaré will be the best bet – not from EPL, but has gr8 numbers and we need a backup who can cover and grow his game too. Caicedo is becoming a ripoff
Reported that Chelsea’s now bid £105m for a Benfica player.
This is getting beyond a joke. At this level of spending I can’t see how this is anything but deliberately blowing the UEFA regs – and doing it by a country mile so as to get it all done in one hit, followed by one transfer ban… that seems to be the cunning plan.
They can get round the rules by giving him a long contract, for instance 10 years so basically according to ffp he cost 10 million this season. Off topic, why are we in for Jorginho?
I think there are loopholes in the rules that permit new owners to bypass spending rules for a limited period of time. It encourages new owners to buy struggling clubs and spend money. My thoughts only.
Delusional at best
Let’s get Jorginho for adequate cover for the next few months. No, he’s not the long term profile, but good grief let’s make sure we have veteran experience who knows a title chase. We can then go and get Rice in the summer.
Is he not going to be on the pay roll, why must we sign a player who’s carrier is coming to an end, is this part of the process we should trust, for how long are we going to keep on looking for Thomas back up, shouldn’t we have done that in the summer transfer, who didn’t know we couldn’t make top four because we don’t have a good back up for Thomas, why did we give Eleny a year contract if we know he’s not good back up for Thomas?
Yep, seems like Chelsea are set to steal him anyway. Apparently, the Blues can’t think for themselves and just feed off others’ ideas.
jorG ain’t it ever!
Do not want to see that guy in an AFC jersey or at our club, and he does not fit our profile going forward at all.
chavs and maure sell AFC spent rejects.
Helping chavs get money for a has been, and assist them in geting Caicedo is beyond ridiculous.
Would rather play who we have!
So Mudwreck is a racist! NOW I know why the chavs overpaid for him
What can I say, has lunacy taken over the dynamic duo!!!
I just read several references to Arsenal approaching Chelsea about the availability of Jorginho, as an alternative to Caicedo.
I just can’t believe this rumor. We would probably have to pay for the guy who pushes Jorginho’s bath chair around the pitch too!!
If we need someone to just pass the ball sideways all game, we could probably get Ray Wilkins for a lot less!!
Now, wasnt this expected? Arsenal should have pursued Caicedo from the beginning of the transfer window, knowing they urgently need a DM. Now Brighton are not willing to sell and Arsenal have to look for options at the last minute. I only hope Bamba and his Club agree to switch over to Arsenal, time is running out and Arsenal have to act fast. We are in a position to win the PL title and mustnt let this opportunity slip.
Sander Berge could also be a good alternative, He has done so well for Sheffield U, and then Tielemans naturally.
Looks like Berge is off to Newcastle.