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Arsenal linked with Fulham midfielder

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Fulham midfielder Joáo Palhinha.

Injuries, particularly to Thomas Partey, have left the Gunners light in midfield, and they have identified it as the priority area where they need to strengthen in the January transfer window.

Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa is a player that they have watched for more than a year, but prising him away from Villa, who have emerged as title contenders themselves under Unai Emery, might be difficult to do and will come at a heavy price anyway.

Palhinha has now emerged as a cheaper alternative, but with many of the same qualities – skilful on the ball, but defensively sound and good out of possession.

The Portuguese international was on the verge of joining Bayern Munich in the summer, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute. Thomas Tuchel’s side remain interested in him, but now face competition from the Gunners.

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