Latest update on Arsenal chances of signing experienced Serie A star

Arsenal set to miss out on Dries Mertens after AS Monaco offers him a lucrative deal.

Arsenal chances of signing Dries Mertens this month recede as AS Monaco emerge as the Belgian’s most likely destination.

According to earlier reports, Mertens had emerged as one of Mikel Arteta’s targets this month as the Spanish manager looks to strengthen his new team.

The Gunners was apparently looking to sign him for free in the summer but they may miss out on his signature because Monaco is working hard to sign him this month.

Mertens is in the final year of his current deal at the San Paolo Stadium and there is no indication that he will be offered a new deal.

Express Sports claims that the Ligue 1 outfit is tempting Mertens with a deal worth over £6 million per season and they have promised to pay him £5 million in signing-on fees.

Arsenal have been linked with several experienced attackers this month with Edison Cavani also linked with a move to the Emirates.

Arsenal would hope to start next season brightly and hopefully challenge for the league title, they may have wanted the likes of Mertens to bring in his experience and help that cause.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is also unsettled at the Emirates but there is a feeling that he would want to stay if Arsenal signs a couple of big-name players.

15 Comments

  1. SAGooner says:

    So? Big deal. What were our chanves of signing him in the first place, or were there only rumours anyway? How many does that make now of players that Arsenal were
    1. Interested in
    2. Negotiating with
    3. Rumoured to be talking to
    4 On the point of signing
    durung this transfer window? It’s getting more ridiculous by the day. I, for one, will be so glad whem the transfer window closes, so that I do not get to see this rubbish every day.

    1. SAGooner says:

      Oh, and I forgot to add: Arsenal have given up the chase for Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who has never been available in the firat place.😜

      1. Ingleby says:

        Nice one😀

    2. Mr Patrick says:

      SAGOONER sorry to say you seem to be one of those that believes in unicorn ,with your experience you ought to work it out by now that it’s the agents who are pushing 90 percent of these stories to get their clients more money from their present club or generate interest for their player

      1. SAGooner says:

        No, I’m sorry to say, Mr P. I know very well that most rumours are started by agents and the tabloids just love it and run with it. My point was why our blog needs to repeat every single rumour on here without any confirmation or veracity. Be sure that if an Outer Mongolian paper would report Arsenal’s interest in a Chinese one-eyed 4’3″ defender with a prosthesis for a left leg, we would speculate about it on here and whether it would help to get us into the ECL, no mstter how silly and inconceivable the idea. THAT was the point.

  2. Eddie says:

    Really, did anyone ever believed we were in for him?
    Monaco can have him, even for free, don’t want more old folks turning here into a retirement home.

    BTW, apparently the English media got the Mari deal wrong. It ain’t a loan with an option to buy. It’s a standard permanent transfer. That’s according to the leaked WhatsApp chat from the official Flamengo group chat.
    The president said the English media was misinformed.
    If it’s true or not, I don’t know.
    But I believe it’s true and the one we want on loan is the Shaktar Donetsk CB

    1. gotanidea says:

      7.5 M is very cheap for Flamengo’s main CB. If this is true, our transfer negotiators did a good job

      If Arsenal purchased him with that low price tag, they can always resell him if he doesn’t make it

  3. stevo says:

    Yes this 33 year old will definitely help us win the PL/CL double next season.
    Make a 200 mill bid immediately 🙂

  4. ozziegunner says:

    Arsenal can’t buy a goal from midfield, yet everyones answer is to buy more forwards; then complain when said forward, or their favourite, is on the bench.

    1. jon fox says:

      Apart from Ramsey, whose leaving us was scandalously mishandled , I cannot remember the last time we ever had a goal scoring true midfielder.I don’t mean the OCCASIONAL goal but a regular midfield scorer and I am nearly as old as Methuselah! Does anyone else have a clue?

  5. Liam says:

    Seems Thomas Lemar is coming to arsenal. If he plays as the further forward in a 3 man midfield in place of Ozil then I have very high hopes for this transfer. Play him on the wing and it just won’t work.

    1. Sue says:

      I can’t see it happening… reckon it’s media codswallop.

    2. gotanidea says:

      Probably Arteta wants a group of all French-speaking attackers upfront:

      Pepe …. Lemar …. Aubameyang
      …….. Lacazette

      This could work well if all of them become best buddies

      1. Jim will fix ot says:

        Omg, not you again! You should start comedy!

        1. Warfa says:

          Arsenal is a known French team as well

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