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Gunners hope to free up space to sign Brazilian

Arsenal will have only limited funds to spend in the January window, as they are struggling to stay within Financial Fair Play guidelines.

That does not mean there are no plans to strengthen the squad in January, and links with defensive midfielder André Trinidade, currently playing for Fluminense, persist.

The visit by Edu Gaspar, the Arsenal technical director to Fluminense’s training ground during the international break has only fuelled speculation that the Brazilian, who is also the subject of interest from Liverpool, could be bound for the Premier League.

And, in order to free up space – and budget – for Trindade, the Gunners may be prepared to sell both Thomas Partey and Jorginho.

Partey’s injury record whilst he has been in North London means that he cannot always be relied upon to stay fit, whilst Jorginho is out of contract at the end of the season anyway, and was always regarded as a short-term fix in midfield.

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