Arsenal will return to Premier League action this weekend, with a trip to Manchester City on the horizon.
It will be a big test of the Gunners’ quality on the pitch, while representing an opportunity for new signing Thomas Partey to make his debut.
Partey, who arrived on deadline day from Atletico Madrid, was the most expensive arrival at the Emirates Stadium in a window which also saw Gabriel and Willian arrive in north London.
However, as is the way in the football world, plenty are beginning to turn their attention to the upcoming January window, and we have the latest on some potential deals plus new information about a famous deal which nearly went through in the club’s recent past.
Gunners keeping tabs on Sporting’s Mendes
Arsenal are one of three English clubs reportedly interested in Portugal under-21 defender Nuno Mendes, who broke into the Sporting CP first team last season.
The 18-year-old played nine times last term, and scored his first senior goal this season in a win at Portimonense.
According to Calciomercato (via football.london), Arsenal face competition for the youngster from Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan.
The teenager played for his country’s under-21s as they beat Norway on Friday, but sat out the match against Gibraltar last night.
He registered two assists on his under-21 debut in September, helping Portugal beat Cyprus 4-0 in European Under-21 Championships qualifying.
Mendes has a release clause of more than £40m, and is under contract with the Portuguese club until 2025.
Kolasinac offered to Serie A club in preparation for January window
Sead Kolasinac is down the pecking order at Arsenal, and was linked with a return to former club Schalke during the transfer window.
That move failed to materialise, while the Bosnian international’s proposed move to Leverkusen also fell through, but he could still leave north London in 2021.
According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Kolasinac has been offered to Roma as they look to add a long-term replacement for Aleksandar Kolarov.
The report claims Kolasinac could be open to the move, with Roma still looking for a new left-sided player to provide competition to Leonardo Spinazzola.
While the Giallorossi failed to sign a left-back after Kolarov’s move to Inter Milan, they were able to complete a permanent deal for Chris Smalling on deadline day.
Wenger opens up on infamous £40,000,001 Suarez bid
Before Luis Suarez finished the 2013/14 season as the top scorer in the Premier League, the Uruguayan was courted by Arsenal.
The then-Liverpool frontman was the subject of a bizarre bid worth £40,000,001, the uniqueness of which ensured it would never be forgotten.
However, Arsene Wenger, the Gunners’ manager at the time, has provided an explanation for the whole affair.
Writing in his autobiography ‘Arsene Wenger, My Life in Red and White’ (as relaid by Metro), Wenger revealed the Gunners had an agreement with Suarez and his agent, but the bid was made in order to test out intel about an apparent release clause.
“The agent claimed that there was a clause: with an offer above £40million, Liverpool would be obliged to let the player go,” Wenger wrote.
“But thanks to an indiscretion within Liverpool. I found out that his clause never existed. To check this was true, we offered £40,000,001. This may have seemed ludicrous, I admit.
“But Liverpool did not want to sell Suarez, they could afford to keep him and there was already an offer from Barca on the horizon.”