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Arsenal open Isco transfer talks as Eddie Nketiah makes contract decision

Arsenal will be hoping to repeat a successful summer transfer window when the market opens again in January, with Mikel Arteta’s squad requiring recruits in several key areas

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A successful summer transfer window has underpinned Arsenal’s turnaround in form, with all five of their signings making positive contributions to Mikel Arteta’s side.

That has helped the Gunners rise to fifth in the Premier League table, going unbeaten since their humiliating hammering at the hands of Manchester City back in August.

Despite their summer spending spree, there remains areas of Arteta’s squad that require improvements, with these likely to come from the transfer market.

The two most pressing needs are in midfield, where options are light, and at striker, with several stars out of contract at the end of the season.

Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest Arsenal transfer news, with the January window just over a month away…

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Gunners start Isco talks



Arsenal have reportedly opened transfer talks with Real Madrid outcast Isco




Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Real Madrid outcast Isco over a potential move to the Premier League.

The Spanish midfielder has failed to break into new Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, starting just two games in all competitions so far this season.

The 29-year-old’s career has stalled badly at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Isco having failed to play a game since September.









His contract will expire at the end of this season, with Todo Fichajes reporting that Arsenal have already opened talks with him.

It is stated that he does not want to spend the rest of the season on the sidelines, with Arsenal willing to pay the rest of his salary in exchange for Madrid not demanding a loan fee.

Los Blancos are said to be ‘for the task of letting him go’, meaning that Isco will have the ‘last word’ about whether he links up with Arteta’s men.

Sassuolo chief sends Berardi warning



Arsenal have been warned they will be forced to pay full price for Domenico Berardi
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Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali has fired a warning to potential suitors of Domenico Berardi that he will only accept a bid matching his valuation.

Berardi has scored five goals and notched three assists for the Neroverdi in Serie A this season, both of which are team highs.

His performances have attracted the eye of Arsenal among others, with the Gunners set to revive their interest in the 27-year-old.









But Carnevali has now made it clear to the Premier League side that he will only entertain a fee of at least £25.5million in exchange for the Italy international.

“Berardi comes from our youth sector, there is an emotional aspect that binds us. Could we sell him? For us, he is essential,” he told TuttoMercatoWEB.

“But unlike in previous years, last summer he asked to be allowed to leave. The conditions, however, must be good for everyone and for Sassuolo, they weren’t.”

Nketiah makes future decision



Eddie Nketiah has told Arsenal that he wants to leave the club
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Eddie Nketiah has reportedly informed Arsenal of his decision over the possibility of signing a new contract to extend his stay at the Emirates.

Nketiah was seen as one of the Gunners’ rising stars, but he has not been able to establish himself in Arteta’s plans.

The striker has scored 15 goals in 67 appearances since making his Arsenal debut against BATE in 2017.







But according to the Daily Mail, he has now informed the Gunners that he wants to leave the club, ending any hopes of tying him down to a new contract.

The 22-year-old is said to be ready for a ‘new challenge’ with the possibility of regular football also an attraction.

He will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January, or the Gunners could attempt to cash in on the young striker in the winter window.


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