Arsenal are reportedly aiming to sign a €50million striker as the transfer of Dusan Vlahovic to the Emirates comes under threat.
Mikel Arteta, along with technical director Edu, wants to make Vlahovic the successor to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front. The Fiorentina hitman would be an ideal capture, having hit 20 goals in just 24 games so far this term.
Arsenal were making some headway over a deal earlier this month, although Vlahovic’s move is now set to collapse due to two reasons.
Firstly, the Serbian has tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days. Italy’s current Covid guidelines mean anyone who has tested positive can leave isolation after seven-to-10 days, if they return a negative test.
This puts Vlahovic in a race against time to secure a transfer away from Serie A before the end of the winter window.
Italian outlet La Repubblica have gone on to hand Arsenal another major blow. They claim Vlahovic is holding out for a switch to Manchester City this summer.
The Gunners clearly know their chances of signing Vlahovic are dwindling, forcing them to look at alternatives.
Arsenal hunt Dusan Vlahovic alternative
According to The Athletic reporter David Ornstein, they are setting their sights on Real Sociedad man Alexander Isak.
The Swede has long been on Arsenal’s radar, although he fell down their shortlist due to the Vlahovic chase.
However, Isak is now back in the frame as he represents a more realistic, as well as cheaper, option.
While Vlahovic would cost upwards of £58m, 22-year-old Isak is available for €50m (£41.9m) according to Fichajes (via Caught Offside).
Isak enjoyed a great campaign last season, hitting 17 goals in 34 La Liga matches. He has not been able to replicate that form this time around but would certainly be a threat to Premier League defenders if he did join Arsenal.
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Pepe insight on Aubameyang move
Meanwhile, Arsenal wide man Nicolas Pepe has responded after a fan asked him about Aubameyang’s future.
The Gabon forward is a target for Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr, who are hoping to take him on loan with the option to buy this summer.
Several European clubs are also in for his signature, most notably AC Milan, Juventus and PSG.
Aubameyang’s contract expires in 2023, giving Arsenal just a couple more chances to get his full transfer value.
When asked about his team-mate’s potential exit, Pepe said on social media: “I don’t know. I think he’ll stay, but I don’t know.”
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2 selection dilemmas Carlos Corberan has ahead of second leg play-off clash as Huddersfield host Luton
Huddersfield Town are 90 minutes away from finding out if their incredible 2021/22 Championship campaign will conclude with a trip to Wembley or not.
The Terriers, who ended the second-tier season in third place, drew 1-1 in the first leg against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
Now preparing for the visit of the Bedfordshire outfit, Carlos Corberan will be hoping for more of the same from his side who have been excellent all season.
Here, we take a look at two selection dilemmas that Corberan currently has ahead of tonight’s clash with the Hatters…
Sorba Thomas from the start?
Missing the last three matches of the ordinary season, which proved to be the only league matches he missed during the 2021/22 campaign, Sorba Thomas came on for the last five minutes on Friday evening.
It now remains to be seen what the immediate plan is from Corberan, and whether he will be chucked into the starting XI.
A real creative asset for the Terriers to have in the side, his ability in the final third, combined with his dead ball productivity, makes him someone who could determine the outcome of the tie.
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Duane Holmes and Danel Sinani were also extremely influential during the first tie, making it that little bit more difficult for Corberan.
A Levi Colwill return?
Levi Colwill sat on the bench for the visitors in Bedfordshire on Friday evening, with Corberan revealing after the match that he had been ill during the week.
Naby Sarr was therefore handed starting XI responsibilities, and whilst he performed to a high standard on the night, Colwill has proven to be a regular starter this season.
An excellent ball carrier, Colwill’s maturity and defensive intelligence makes him an excellent option for this second leg, with the teenager also proving to emerge more dominant with his battles.
4 Huddersfield Town transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with very soon
Huddersfield Town are set for a huge clash tomorrow night against Luton Town.
The second leg of the Championship play-off final is potentially season-defining for the Terriers, with the score level at 1-1 on aggregate following the first leg.
Only a win on the night, whether it be after 90 minutes, extra time, or on penalties, will be enough to see Huddersfield reach the final at Wembley.
Whilst the focus is no doubt fully on football at the moment, there are some key transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks.
Here, we’ve picked out four matters we think will be on Corberan’s agenda once the season comes to a close.
Naby Sarr’s contract
One matter for Corberan to deal with is Naby Sarr’s expiring contract at the club, which runs out at the end of June.
Sarr has struggled for regular game time at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign, making just 23 appearances in all competitions so far.
Interestingly, though, the 28-year-old started three of Huddersfield’s last four league matches, and also the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton.
These performances may or may not have been enough to get Sarr back onside with the club, but either way, Corberan must make a decision on his future soon, if he has not done so already.
Another transfer matter Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks is deciding the future of Danel Sinani.
Sinani joined on a season-long loan from Norwich City last summer, with Norwich confirming at the time that Huddersfield held an option to buy Sinani as part of the agreement.
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Sinani has certainly made a contribution this season – scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 45 appearances, but we are unaware of the sort of fee it will take to secure his signature permanently.
As such, Corberan must weigh up whether or not Sinani is worth that fee in the coming weeks.
Harry Toffolo’s extension
Harry Toffolo is another Huddersfield Town player with an expiring contract this summer.
Fortunately for the club, though, it has been reported that they hold an option to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal.
We have had no official confirmation of them triggering this option as of yet, though, leaving us to speculate over Toffolo’s future.
It must be said, however, that after a fine season for the club, it seems a formality that the club will trigger the clause.
In that eventuality, the club would then have to decide whether to cash in on the defender, or seek a fresh agreement that would see him stay beyond 2023.
Finally, a fourth transfer matter for Carlos Corberan to deal with this summer is the future of Romoney Crichlow.
The 22-year-old has spent the season out on loan, first at Swindon Town in League Two, and then at League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.
His Swindon spell was a success, making 24 appearances for the club, but his time at Plymouth has been quite the opposite, with the defender having made just three appearances since swapping the County Ground for Home Park.
With one year remaining on his Huddersfield deal, Corberan must decide whether or not Crichlow is worth keeping around, worth another loan out, or worth getting rid of.
Given how little he has featured at League One level, it is hard to see his immediate future with the Terriers.