Luiz welcomes new signing, Arsenal target eyes dream Premier League move, Arteta wants £80m midfielder, Ceballos tells Arsenal ‘i am no coward’
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Arsenal defender David Luiz has been talking with his pals in Brazil over the arrival of Pablo Mari.
Arsenal ended months and months and months of speculation at the backend of the January transfer window by ordering the deal to bring Mari to the club, so that Arteta can help get this dodgy back-line sorted out.
Mari will hope to be in contention to make his debut when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break and the Spaniard took part in training for the first time earlier this week, after the Gunners players flew out to Dubai on last week.
And Luiz has opened up and admitted that he is delighted to see the defender arrive during the January transfer window, he told the sun:“He’s a great player. It was a pleasure for me seeing Pablo doing really well in Brazil. I hope he can help us.
“He did amazing under Jorge Jesus, a coach I know very well, he’s my friend and one of the top coaches in the world.
“I speak with Jorge every week, he’s really my friend. He told me to welcome him [Mari] in the best way because he is ready to play.”
Long-term Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports.
There has been alot of transfer speculation over the last few months since Spanish boss MIKEL Arteta arrived at the club and replaced Unai Emery as coach, with many reports linking the former Manchester City coach with a number of signings over the coming windows.
He managed to secure transfer deals for Pablo Mari and Cedrik Spares during the winter transfer window, but is widely expected to spend some serious money when the summer transfer window opens up and add a few more top-class signings to his squad.
And one player that has long been on the radar of Arsenal is that of Upamencano, who is easily regarded as one of the finest centre-backs in Europe right now after impressing season after season with German out RB Leipzig over the past few years.
Now it seems that Arsenal could close a deal to sign the defender at the end of the season as German publication Bild, calim the 21-year-old views the English top-flight as his “dream destination”, and is keen to make a mega money move to the Premier League in the summer.
The France Under-21 star has just 18 months left to run on his contract with the Bundesliga side, and it is believed that the German side will accept a fee of around £40 million from a Premier League club, with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United also on the radar of the talent.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has identified Manchester United transfer target James Maddison as a priority signing.
United have been eyeing up a deal for Maddison all season now and failed to get a deal done during the winter transfer window simply because Leicester did not want to sell their most creative season when they are trying to secure a Champions League place for next season.
But it is heavily expected that the Red Devils will delve into their transfer kitty at the end of the season to try and secure a deal for Maddison, with some reports even suggesting that United will pay in excess of £80 million to try and secure the gifted midfielder’s signature ahead of their rivals.
However, according to THE DAILY MAIL, Arteta has identified Leicester star Maddison as a top target and will demand the club try to secure a transfer deal before United officially wrap up a deal in the summer.
It is believed that Arteta will finally sanction the sale of Mesut Ozil, who has failed to impress since signing that massive £350,000-a-week deal just a few seasons ago, with a number of Chinese, Turkish and Italian clubs reportedly interested in the German.
And with Arteta keen to rebuild a side that has been struggling to even get back inside the top four over the past few years, spending £80 million on the likes of Maddison is seen as a great bit of business, as the man is already proven in the Premier League and is clearly ready to make that step up to one of the Premier League’s big boys.
Dani Ceballos claims he stayed at Arsenal to repay their faith and prove he is no “coward” – as he revealed his pride at fans having their own song for him.
After months and month and months of transfer speculation during the summer transfer window, the Gunners finally managed to finalise a try-before-they officially buy deal for the Spaniard, as Emery was desperate to add another midfielder to the side after Aaron Ramsey departed the club.
The Spaniard made an immediate impact on the Gunners side and got many fans excited about his ability on the ball, especially as they have been crying out for a player like him since Cesc Fabregas left the club.
But reports have emerged saying Ceballos wants to return to parent club Real Madrid as he was frustrated by the lack of game time over the last few weeks after failing to break back into the ARSENAL side after picking up an injury
The on-loan Spain midfielder hinted at an early return to Real Madrid last month with a cryptic Instagram post – but now insists he will become an “important” Gunners’ player after shaking off injuries.
Ceballos told Spain’s Marca newspaper: “Arsenal bet on me and I can’t let them down.”
The 23-year-old is particularly keen to shine to help him secure a spot at Euro 2020, and despite failing to earn a regular Gunners’ place so far, as well as seeing his main admirer Unai Emery depart, he claimed Mikel Arteta is perfect for the boss job.
With Arsenal tenth, Ceballos said: “Yes, it is true that he has arrived in a difficult situation but mentally he is a coach I think Arsenal needs right now.
“Since I came back I have been working with him just two weeks and now is when I have to show him that I am fit to play in Arsenal. After the break I will be important.”