Arsenal News Summary: Battle For Serie A Star, Atletico Madrid Forward on Radar, Transfer Blow

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Arsenal joined Liverpool in their pursuit of 24-year-old midfield maestro

Arsenal have reportedly joined direct Premier League rivals Liverpool in the transfer race to secure services of Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Polish midfielder has long been rumoured with a move to Anfield, who are believed to have attempted to secure the services of the 24-year-old midfielder back in 2016 before he eventually ended up with a move to Napoli.

However, according to Corriere del Mezzogiorno, the Gunners are also keen on to land Polish midfielder when the summer transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

The 24-year-old midfielder has managed to score five goals in 34 games for Serie A giants Napoli this term, with four of those strikes coming in 25 Serie A appearances..

The creative midfielder, who represented Poland at the 2018 World Cup, will see his current deal in Naples expire in 2020/21 season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Arsenal have potentially been handed huge transfer boost in their pursuit of Spanish playmaker Isco after Santiago Solari left him out from the Real Madrid squad ahead of Barcelona game.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both in the semi-final of the Copa Del Ray and playing the second leg clash, however, Isco has not been named in the 23-man squad for the today’s game.

According to Calcio Mercato, Arsenal and Liverpool are both interested in securing the services of Spanish playmaker this summer with Isco is likely to leave the club after the season ends.

Arsenal set to make approach for 23-year-old Atletico Madrid star

Arsenal and Liverpool will reportedly rekindle their interest in securing services of Atletico Madrid forward Gelson Martins when the summer transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

The North London club wanted to bring the 23-year-old forward to the Premier League in the January transfer window, however, failed with a loan bid and instead move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have identified Gelson Martins as an ideal back-up option for both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as Portugues star is capable to perform on both flanks and would be an ideal player for Jurgen Klopp.

However, Suarez is yet to start a single game for Arsenal whereas Gelsin Martins has found back of the net three times since his loan move to AS Monaco in the summer.

Portuguese outlet A Bola reported that the Gunners will look to secure the services of Portugues winger on a permanent basis.

Any deal could be complicated by an ongoing dispute with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, who are pursuing compensation of up to £86m from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid after 23-year-old forward terminated his own deal following an incident which saw Sporting fans attack their own players after a loss to Porto.

Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to be willing to make an offer to Matins but it is believed that he won’t be cheaper than his release clause £86m.

Man Utd and Arsenal eyeing move for 27-year-old Serie A star

Manchester United could reportedly secure services of AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas for a cut-price deal this summer should Italian giants fail to qualify for the Champions League next season as they currently sit fifth in the Serie A table 4 points behind from AC Milan.

Arsenal have also previously been linked with a move for Greek international defender.

The Red Devils have been in the market for a new defender during the past two transfer windows, with the likes of Toby Alderweierld, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Kostas Manolas is believed to be at the top of their wishlist this summer.

Arsenal have identified Manolas as an ideal replacement for Laurent Koscielny who is likely to depart from Emirates Stadium after the end of the current campaign.

Koulibaly is likely to command a world-record transfer fee for the Red Devils, however, Alderweireld’s expiring contract makes him available for a cheaper price, however, Calciomercato claims that Manolas might also be available for a cut-price deal.

The 27-year-old would be eager to depart from the Italian club should they fail to finish in the top four this campaign, and a release clause in his deal would be as little as €36m (£30.8m) if the Italian miss out the Champions League football next season.

Manolas’s desire to play Champions League football for the next campaign gives hope to both Arsenal and Manchester United to lure the Greek centre-back at Old Trafford.