Transfer News: Arsenal In Talks Over £7.7m Brazilian – Man Utd Eye £15m Defender
Transfer rumours: Arsenal are in talks with Brazilian international Douglas Santos while Man Utd are once again linked with Ezequiel Garay….
The opening of the summer transfer window is fast approaching so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal are linked with Douglas Santos while Man Utd eye Ezequiel Garay….
Arsenal in for Santos
Arsenal have opened talks with Atletico Mineiro over a potential deal to sign Brazilian left-back Douglas Santos, according to the Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly on the market for a new left-back to replace Kieran Gibbs with the 26-year-old hotly tipped to leave the Emirates in search of regular football this summer after losing his place to Nacho Monreal.
Several players have been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks but perhaps a surprise name to add to that list is Santos, with the Daily Star citing reports coming out of Brazil that claim the Gunners are in talks over a potential deal.
Santos only joined Mineiro for £2.3m from Udinese last summer but has been in excellent form back in his homeland and recently made his debut for the Brazilian national team during a friendly win over Panama.
The left-back is also seemingly on Valencia and Barcelona’s radar, so Arsenal could face stiff competition for his signature, while the newspaper also says that Mineiro are demanding a transfer fee of £7.7m to sell the player this summer.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Wenger decides to formalise his interest with a firm offer but I’d personally be surprised if the North Londoners went for another Brazilian left-back named Santos after Andre Santos’ disastrous spell at the club!
Man Utd linked with Garay
Next up and the Mirror are reporting that Manchester United are eyeing a move Argentinean international defender Ezequiel Garay.
New boss Jose Mourinho is looking to freshen-up the squad that was left to him by Louis van Gaal as he tries to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
The Portuguese coach has already splashed out on young centre-back Eric Bailly but it’s understood he also wants to sign a more established name to play alongside Chris Smalling next season and it looks as though Garay is on his radar.
The 29-year-old has rediscovered his best form since joining Zenit St Petersburg from Benfica in 2014 and the 32-cap Argentinean would certainly be an experienced addition to the squad if United brought him to Old Trafford.
However, the Mirror claim that Zenit are demanding around £15m to sell Garay this summer while United will also face stiff competition from Inter Milan, so a deal is still a long way from completion.
So that’s your latest transfer round-up. Would Arsenal fans like to see Santos join the club? What do United fans make of these Garay rumours?
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