Transfer Shorts

Gunners’ 11th hour Sidibé bid fails

Arsenal have been beaten in the race to sign Lille full back Djibril Sidibé by AS Monaco, with the French club confirming the transfer this evening.

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The Gunners looked set to hijack Monaco’s proposed £16 million deal for the versatile defender, but the 23-year-old opted to join the ‘Monégasques’ instead after being guaranteed game time.

Right-footed Sidibé, who played the best part of 43 games at left back for Lille this season, was also in search of a return to his preferred position of right back, afforded to him by Leonardo Jardim’s team.

The failure to guarantee Sidibé a first team spot ahead of Nacho Monreal and Héctor Bellerín proved to be a deciding factor in the tussle for his services, meanwhile the futures of both Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs at the Emirates Stadium remain uncertain.

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Arsenal enter Subotic hunt

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotić has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal, with the club hoping to hold talks with the Serbian over the weekend.

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According to the Northern Echo, Subotić had been to the Riverside Stadium to hold talks with recently-promoted Middlesbrough over a £14 million deal.

However, they also claim Arsenal are now prepared to match Boro’s bid, mirroring the information reported by German publication Express.de in the last 24 hours.

Subotić played a prominent role in Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side, clinching the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012.

Injuries in the 2013/2014 season derailed the 27-year-old’s career somewhat, falling as low as 5th choice in the pecking order for Thomas Tuchel’s current Dortmund side.

Subotić now looks increasingly likely to leave Dortmund soon, with the likes of Liverpool and FC Köln also reported to be keen on signing the centre back.

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Arsenal reject Juve’s bid for Alexis

Juventus have had a bid in the region of £25 million for Alexis Sánchez rejected by Arsenal, according to Calcio Mercato.

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The Italian website claim Sanchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, has informed the North London club of Sánchez’s wishes to leave, which has been coupled with Juventus’ latest bid.

That offer has been snubbed swiftly, however, standing at approximately £8 million lower than Arsenal initially paid for the Chilean when he signed from Barcelona in 2014.

Sánchez has two years left on his current contract, and despite talk of a new deal being lined up by the Gunners, Juventus are keen to prize him away to fill the void left by Real Madrid-bound Álvaro Morata.

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