Arsenal have already agreed deals to sign Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira, with the latter materializing quickly and only after FC Porto accepted an offer.
Arsenal believe they now have enough processes in place to stop the type of leaks that ultimately derailed their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serb has emerged as the Gunners’ top transfer priority in the January window, with hopes he will become a direct replacement for departing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Their attempts to sign the striker from Fiorentina were well publicized with the long saga that saw him end up with Italian giants Juventus.
And while there was little Emirates bosses could have done to persuade Vlahovic, who has since made it clear his heart is set on a move to Turin, it was a deadly affair for those involved. .
This whole saga was conducted in contrast to their venture in the previous window, which saw targets identified and recruited quickly, regardless of the noise outside. It’s also a trend that has continued in their most recent transfer deals, especially in the case of Fabio Vieira.
The former FC Porto midfielder was one of the few names not strongly linked with a move to north London before reports emerged that a deal had been agreed with the Portuguese giants. Vieira was then on the next flight to the capital, with medicals completed and a deal announced within days.
It was a decision that took many outside the confines of London Colney by surprise, but Football.London reports that this should now be the way forward for Arsenal. The report claims that even though Mikel Arteta is in charge of the Gunners, they will continue to operate in a way that doesn’t attract too much attention – and therefore risk losing deals with rivals.
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There is now confidence that fresh off the failed Vlahovic chase, the right strategies are now in place to ensure leaks do not emerge from the club. There may then be some concern over offers for Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha becoming public, sparking interest from Tottenham in both cases.
Arteta’s admiration for Jesus has been hard to hide, after the Manchester City striker became their main striker for the summer window. But Rapinha’s rejected bid has opened up the possibility of Leeds United staging an auction to raise the Brazilian’s fee above market value.
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Either way, technical director Edu remains optimistic that work is underway to ensure fans will be more than happy with Arsenal’s business by the time the slot closes in early September.
Speaking after the acquisition of Vieira, he said: “We are delighted to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto. Fabio is a player with special qualities who is comfortable with the ball in the final third. ground.
“We are all looking forward to working with him and enjoying his future contribution to Arsenal. We will now continue to work hard and look forward to finishing this transfer window as strong as possible.”