Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours, Players Linked Ahead of Deadline Day

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2016

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18:  Nolito of Celta looks on during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and RC Celta de Vigo at El Madrigal Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have reportedly lost ground in the race to sign Celta Vigo star Nolito, who is also a rumoured target for Barcelona and Liverpool.

According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t the Daily Telegraph), the Gunners are not the favourites to secure the gifted winger in the final embers of the transfer window, with the 29-year-old’s release clause of £13.7 million said to be a "stumbling block."

It’s suggested Nolito, despite also attracting interest from the aforementioned sides, may have to wait until the summer before moving.

Although the sum mooted may seem a lot for a player who is past what are regarded as his peak years, in Nolito the Gunners would potentially be getting a gem of a footballer. Here is a look at what he could bring to the Emirates Stadium:

Indeed, the former Barcelona and Benfica man is someone who seems to be getting better with age. He’s not a slow player by any means, but his trickery, intelligence on the flanks and end product have made him one of the most feared creators in European football.

As we can see here, courtesy of WhoScored.com, in the last couple of campaigns the Spain international has upped his game superbly:

Although Arsenal are pretty well stocked when it comes to attacking midfielders, a player such as Nolito coming in mid-season would give everyone at the club a lift. The winger is that kind of player, after all, as he gets supporters off their seats and provides chances aplenty for his team-mates; he’d be a hugely popular acquisition.

Nolito would definitely add something different to the Arsenal attack.
Nolito would definitely add something different to the Arsenal attack.CRISTINA QUICLER/Getty Images

Indeed, for the Gunners’ goalscorers, having a player who possesses such ingenuity in possession would be a huge positive, per OptaJose:

It doesn’t seem as though the player is likely to end up at the Emirates Stadium before the window shuts, though, or any other club for that matter. According to Moises Llorens of AS, Barcelona have had an offer rejected for the player already this month, and after moving on Augusto Fernandez to Atletico Madrid recently, the Galicians will be keen to keep their talisman on board.

 

Mathieu Debuchy in Talks with Aston Villa

ZAGREB, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Mathieu Debuchy of Londons runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal at Maksimir Stadium on September 16, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/
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Arsenal’s out-of-favour full-back Mathieu Debuchy reportedly held talks with Aston Villa on Friday evening ahead of a potential loan move.

As reported by John Cross of the Daily Mirror, the French international is free to leave the Emirates Stadium this month on a temporary basis. "Villa will have to pay around £1.5m in loan fee and take on his £60,000-a-week wages which has been a major stumbling block for other clubs," he writes, also noting Roma, Monaco, Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen have shown an interest.

Debuchy is a right-back who divides opinion, but he has been a steady performer at Arsenal when given the chance. Michael Cox of Zonal Marking believes the player possesses many virtues:

Indeed, French national team manager Didier Deschamps is definitely a fan. The former Newcastle United player has been a key member of the national side under his tutelage and will be keen to play a significant part in the European Championships in the summer, which will be hosted by his nation.

Debuchy needs regular football to keep in contention for the French national team.
Debuchy needs regular football to keep in contention for the French national team.FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Needless to say, with one of the most talented squads in the competition, it’s no wonder Debuchy is intent on securing regular football elsewhere, and it’s something Villa will be able to offer as they seek to perform a miraculous escape act from the bottom of the Premier League table.

Still, while having a relegation on your record is far from desirable, on a temporary basis it’s a move that makes sense for the 30-year-old.