Arsenal Transfer News Roundup: Gunners asked to pay €20m for Barcelona ace; the club enters the race for William Carvalho, and more

Arsenal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday in the Premier League. A lone strike from Bukayo Sako helped the north London side stay fourth in the league, four points clear of Manchester United and a game less.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have been asked to pay €20m for the signing of a full-back from Barcelona. Elsewhere, the Premier League giants have entered the race for William Carvalho.

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On that note, here’s a look at Arsenal’s top transfer stories as of March 19, 2022:

Arsenal ordered to pay 20 million euros for Sergino Dest

FC Barcelona vs Galatasaray: round of 16 first leg - UEFA Europa League
FC Barcelona vs Galatasaray: round of 16 first leg – UEFA Europa League

Arsenal have been asked to pay 20 million euros to secure the services of Sergino Dest, according to The hard tackle via CalvioNapoli24. With the USMNT right-back’s future at Barcelona hanging in the balance, the Gunners plan to dive in for him this summer.

Dest has been blowing hot and cold since joining the Blaugrana in the summer of 2020. His fortunes haven’t improved under new manager Xavi, with the 21-year-old struggling to buy time.

The American has shown signs of improvement in recent games but his association with the La Liga giants is not set in stone. The Gunners are ready to offer Dest a chance to redeem his career.

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Gunners manager Mikel Arteta brought in Takehiro Tomiyasu last summer to strengthen his right-back position.

The Japanese have been outstanding so far, but there is a lack of reinforcements in the squad at the moment. Arteta wants to solve this problem by bringing in a new face this summer, and Dest is among the players on the Spaniard’s shortlist.

Barcelona are ready to let the USMNT star go for 20 million euros. Apart from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the 21-year-old.

The gunners enter the race for William Carvalho

William Carvalho has caught the eye with Real Betis this season.
William Carvalho has caught the eye with Real Betis this season.

Arsenal have entered the race to sign William Carvalho, according to The hard tackle via Fichajes.

The Real Betis midfielder has received rave reviews with his recent performances. The 29-year-old was expected to leave the La Liga side last summer but a move didn’t materialise. The Portuguese has had a stellar season so far but Real Betis are looking to cash in on him to sort out their finances.

The Gunners are eager to win the race for his signature this summer. Arteta is expected to lose Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny at the end of the season. Their departure could open a void in the middle of the park, which Arteta wants to remedy by bringing in Carvalho.

However, the North London side could face stiff competition from Newcastle United for their services.

Noel Whelan says Philippe Coutinho will not move to Arsenal this summer

Philippe Coutinho has impressed since his arrival in January.
Philippe Coutinho has impressed since his arrival in January.

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes the Gunners could miss out on Philippe Coutinho this summer. Arteta and co. have been linked with a summer move for the Brazilian, who joined the Villans on loan in January.

However, talking to Football InsiderWhelan advised Coutinho to stay at Villa Park.

“If it’s a choice between going to a top four club like Arsenal and staying at Aston Villa, I’m going to say he’ll stay with Gerrard. I think they’re building something at Villa Park – and Coutinho wants to do that. gone, because of Gerrard. He won’t jump ship. Look, Arsenal had the opportunity to go out and get him in January and they didn’t. Who trusted him? Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa ,” Whelan said.

He continued:

“He is really enjoying his time at the club at the moment, with the freedom and confidence he has found. I think it will be very difficult to get him off at the moment, even though they should be higher up the table. “They have a young, quality side. They’ll be tough up there next season, there’s no doubt about that.”

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