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Aside from Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan to Roma, which must be announced at any time, Arsenal have been relatively calm in the transfer window.

David Ornstein provided a detailed update in his transfer mailbag.

I’m not aware that they have to sell players before they can buy.

Arsenal spent a lot last summer and, like many, their finances are still feeling the impact of the pandemic. But the north London club have shown their willingness to invest, whether through their own resources or the help of their owner. They want to be aggressive in their recruiting, seeking to capitalize on market opportunities and release clauses where appropriate.

The area of ​​greatest concern at the moment is the attacking department as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future looks bleak, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah near the end of their contracts and Folarin Balogun is on the verge of join Middlesbrough on loan. This is why Arsenal are trying to sign Vlahovic from Fiorentina.

It doesn’t mean that a deal will be done, but they are pushing and my information is that if the 21-year-old is to move in January, as it is, Arsenal are in the strongest position for the sign. Indeed, they are considered to be the best placed of Vlahovic’s current suitors when it comes to both fees and salary. They could also consider turning Lucas Torreira’s loan with the Italians into a permanent transfer as part of any deal.

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