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Arsenal Evening Headlines For Friday, 17.

Report: Edu opens door for Arsenal to sign £80m attacker

Arsenal’s reported interest in Philippe Coutinho looks set to be revived, according to a report.

The former Liverpool playmaker was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium quite a bit in recent months, but then the trail went a little cold.

With that, it was assumed that Coutinho to Arsenal wasn’t going to happen but, according to a new report, it might be back on.

Mundo Deportivo in Spain has reported that a move to the Gunners is now ‘more possible’ than it was a few months ago.

And the report adds that Arsenal’s technical director has personally endorsed a prospective deal for the £80 million-rated Barcelona star, whom the Spanish club would prefer to sell.

What a blockbuster deal this would be for Mikel Arteta. Then again, don’t be fooled because this one probably isn’t going to happen, even if Edu has recommended him.

That’s because finances are right at Arsenal and there’s just no way they could afford to break their transfer record on the 28-year-old.

Even if Barcelona halved their reported valuation, £40 million might still be too much in this climate and therefore a switch to North London probably won’t materialise.

Arsenal trailing in pursuit of 22-year-old Brazilian star

Arsenal have reportedly tabled an offer for Gabriel Magalhaes but face an uphill battle in pursuit of the 22-year-old Lille defender.

As reported by The Sun, who have relayed information from a report by L’Equipe, Arsenal are keen on signing Gabriel Magalhaes in the summer transfer window. The Gunners, though, are lagging behind in the race to sign the Brazilian, with Napoli in the driver’s seat.

Gabriel Magalhaes joined Lille from boyhood club Avai FC in January 2017, but took his time to carve out a place for himself in the first-team setup. After a couple of loan spells, the 22-year-old was only a squad option last season. The current campaign, though, has seen him become a regular at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

The player turned out 34 times in all competitions for Les Dogues, missing just two Ligue 1 games when fit and available. His progress has been noticed by a number of well known clubs across Europe, with Arsenal among those that are hoping to secure his services in the summer transfer window.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank speaks out on future of Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Said Benrahma

Brentford manager Thomas Frank admits it is only ‘natural’ a player of Said Benrahma’s ability is being linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea, but insists the player is happy with the Championship club.

The performances of the Algeria international have played a pivotal role in the Bees’ promotion charge. With two games of the Championship season remaining, the ambitious west London club remain in with a shout of reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history following a run of eight successive victories.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has already added Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to his forward line ahead of next season but was last week linked with a move for the former Nice winger.

‘The Algerian Messi’ was earlier this week also linked with a move to Arsenal who will be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this summer. Frank, however, insists the player remains fully focused on the task at hand ahead of this weekend’s must-win fixture at Stoke.

‘I haven’t heard anything from my co-directors of sport,’ he said. ‘I don’t know anything and if I haven’t been told anything then I don’t think it’s true. It’s a rumour.

‘He’s enjoying his football at Brentford and we’ve a big aim to go for so I think it’s easy to know this isn’t true.’

‘No, he is fine,’ he added when asked whether the speculation is likely to turn the head of Brentford’s prize asset. ‘It won’t affect him.

‘If we’re doing well in the Championship – and you get it with any club that is doing well – players attract attention. That is natural.’

Benrahma, 24, joined Brentford two seasons ago from Nice and is valued at around £35million.

Man City Coach Guardiola Runs The Rule Over Nigeria-Eligible Teenager Pre-Arsenal

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola monitored Nigeria-eligible teenager Felix Nmecha at close quarters in his team's final workout before the visit to the English capital, where they face Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday, July 18, allnigeriasoccer.com reports.

An England U19 international born in Hamburg, Germany, Nmecha is challenging for a squad place against the Gunners.

The 19-year-old has been spotted training with the deposed Premier League champions since the season restarted but has not been included in any of the matchday squads.

Having run the rule over Nmecha, it remains to be seen whether Guardiola will include him in the squad as he is behind more experienced players such as Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne in the pecking order of midfielders.

Injury limited Nmecha's appearances in the curtailed academy season, making four appearances in the Premier League 2 and scoring two goals.

He made his professional debut for the Citizens in a League Cup clash against Burton Albion in January 2019 and was an unused substitute vs Hoffeheim in the Champions League last term.

Young Nigerian goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu also trained with City's first team but it is looking likely that he will not make his debut against Arsenal, with Pep Guardiola confirming at today's pre-match conference that Ederson will be in goal at Wembley.

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