ARSENAL remain on the hunt for a defender with just days to go... and there could be some good news.
The North Londoners have reportedly reached a breakthrough with Flamengo's Pablo Mari and also have a deal in principle lined up for Mykola Matviyenko.
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GIFT OF THE GAB
Gabriel Martinelli has claimed his first day at Arsenal was like being in HEAVEN.
The 18-year-old told Estadao: “The first day I arrived it was very interesting.
“I took photos at the club and went to lunch, it was a very big table. They came to talk to me and I didn't even know how to answer.
“Then I changed and went to the gym.
“All the players were there and I thought, 'My god in heaven, it is a dream to be here with football stars'.”
OL BE COMING?
Tottenham are in talks with Olivier Giroud over a shock late transfer bid, according to reports.
The North London club are keen to bring in a striker before Friday's deadline with Harry Kane recovering from hamstring surgery.
And Italian Sky Sport reporter Gianluca Di Marzio believes Spurs are lining up a move for the former Arsenal forward.
They are thought to have offered the Frenchman – whose deal at Chelsea expires in the summer – an 18-month contract at White Hart Lane.
NOT AUBA TROUBLE
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's move to Barcelona could be back on after the Catalán giants ended their pursuit of Rodrigo.
The Valencia striker was their first-choice target this month as they look for cover for the injured Luis Suárez.
But Mundo Deportivo report that the deal to see the Spanish forward move north to Catalonia was off.
The transfer move looked to be heading for a conclusion, but Barcelona were put off by the fee Valencia wanted.
Now Barca will look to other alternatives, with Aubameyang heavily linked in recent weeks.
The report claims Ajax's ex-Southampton ace is also a target.
ATLETICO NO GO
Atletico Madrid will not let Thomas Lemar leave this month, despite interest from the Premier League.
Arsenal are among a host of clubs that have been linked with a move for the Frenchman – who has struggled since moving to Spain in 2018.
But the La Liga giants want him to stay, after the club's chief executive Gil Martin told Goal: “Lemar is not for sale. There is no way he can change.”
The 24-year-old has managed just ten starts in all competitions this season, leading to rumours of a move, with Chelsea and Man Utd also linked.
Arsenal have been told to splash the cash on Lewis Dunk this month, as they continue to target a central defender before the transfer window closes.
The Gunners have been looking at budget options, having spent big in the summer.
But Ray Parlour feels they need to go all out and sign the Brighton man, who is expected to cost around £40m.
The former Arsenal midfielder told TalkSport: “If I really had to go and buy one, whether you've got the money to do it or not, I'd take a gamble on a player like Lewis Dunk.”