The prospect of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Mélo moving to Arsenal on loan before the transfer window closes has suddenly become brighter again.
The deal had seemed stalled because the Serie A club were not prepared to let him go without first finding a replacement.
Now it seems that they have not only found their man in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, but are prepared to sign him now rather than wait until the summer when he is a free agent.
Reports in Italy suggest that have offered £5.8 milion for the Swiss international and the Gehrman club are ready to accept the bid
The length loan still needs to be thrashed out between the Gunners and Juventus though. The North London side only ant to take him until the end of the season, whereas Juventus are pressing for an 18-month deal.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.