Arsenal handed over ‘incredible’ £ 20million transfer incentive in January that gives Mikel Arteta a new hidden gem – Jake Stokes


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As Anthony Joshua said, “The first time was so nice, I had to do it twice”, and that’s exactly what Arsenal seem set to do in January.

The Gunners are interested in signing another Bologna player in the form of Mattias Svanberg as Edu looks to take advantage of the midfielder’s contractual situation, according to Il Resto del Carlino via Sport Witness.

Svanberg sees his current deal with the Italian side expire in June 2023 and, following unsuccessful renewal negotiations, Bologna is believed to want between £ 12m and £ 16m for the 22-year-old.

After the success of Takehiro Tomiyasu, who joined Arsenal this summer from Bologna for £ 19.8million, it’s no surprise that Mikel Arteta digs deeper – Edu has found gold, but the Spanish wants more.

Chris Davison and Tom Canton spoke live on The Arsenal Way “Agenda show” to delve into the reported interest of the north part of London for the Swedish midfielder.

Chris kicked off the process by describing how the Gunners’ transfer entourage has been so successful in identifying targets over the summer and looks set to do so again in January.

“A lot of analytical and scouting work has gone into Tomiyasu’s profile and so far it looks like they’ve secured that spot,” he said.

“So, one wonders if they are doing the same around Svanberg. He is highly rated and young, he is doing very well and the time has potentially come when he seeks great estrangement and follows in Tomiyasu’s footsteps.

“They also watched him closely. They looked at the data, they also looked at his abilities as a player, his potential. And not only that, but the club will also already have a relatively good relationship with Bologna as well.”

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Chris added when explaining how Svanberg, who is valued at around £ 10million by Transfermarkt, would be a crafty signing from Edu who could intrigue fans.

“It doesn’t look like this is a player Arsenal would have to break the bank for, that would be a reasonable price,” he said.

“Guess that’s the kind of smart deals you have to look for in January, right? He would provide cover and depth in midfield and it wouldn’t cost a lot of money either. It’s an intriguing connection. “

Chris then concluded by reassuring Gooners that by signing under the radar for talents like Svanberg, Arsenal is copying a transfer method that has worked for both Liverpool and Chelsea for so long.

“There are obviously one or two other names that Arsenal have been linked with, with January coming and early summer.

“These are ties you wouldn’t normally associate with Arsenal and they open your eyes, they intrigue, they are interesting in terms of profile.

“Liverpool for example, and Chelsea, they just found gems in the transfer market. You might not know much about them. You haven’t heard much about them before, but they are coming in in the Premier League and they are doing it amazing. “

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