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Arsenal transfer round-up: Declan Rice remains priority as Moises Caicedo stance learnt

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Deadline day is edging ever closer and Arsenal don’t have much more time to do their business.

The Gunners have made two signings in January so far after Leandro Trossard made the switch from Brighton and Jakub Kiwior joined from Spezia. However, Mikel Arteta is keen to do more recruitment, espeically midfield following injuries to Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey.

Moises Caicedo remains high on the agenda, with the 21-year-old missing Brighton’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday. However, the Gunners have been told that it will take offers in excess of £90million to prize the midfielder away from the Amex Stadium.

Here are all the rumours coming out of the Gunners.

Rice still summer priority

Declan Rice is still Arsenal’s priority for the summer transfer window, even if Moises Caicedo makes the move to the Emirates.

The Brighton midfielder is trying to force through a move to the Gunners this month after releasing a statement on his social media account. But Caicedo may not be the only new midfielder Arsenal have by the end of the season with Rice still being eyed.

And according to Football.London, the Gunners are keen to sign both players and their stance on signing Rice hasn’t changed. It is thought that the move for Caicedo will not affect the Gunners’ pursuit of Rice who is reportedly the main target for the summer window.

Arsenal are still pushing to sign Caicedo, however, and it is understood signing a midfielder is their priority before the end of the month.

De Zerbi on Caicedo interest

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has suggested Moises Caicedo has made a “mistake” with his demand to leave the club – but did not rule out his transfer exit this week.

Caicedo appeared to bid farewell to the Seagulls on Friday night after posting a heartfelt message on his social media channels. Caicedo was subject of a £60million bid from Arsenal, but that was turned down by the south coast side. It now appears that the Ecuador international may be trying to force through an exit.

Moises Caicedo could be set to join Arsenal
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Speaking ahead of Brighton’s clash with Liverpool, the Italian coach explained: “Moises is a good guy. We will see what happens tomorrow and the next day. We hope he stays with us until the end of the season, but this is a question of the club and Moises.”

De Zerbi added: “In life you can make mistakes. There are many solutions for everyone and we will see the best solution for the club, for him and for us.”

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Italy interest for Tierney

Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in a move for Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney, according to reports from TMW.

The Scotland international has struggled for game time so far this season, often starting behind Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu. In actual fact, Tierney has started just four Premier League matches all season but does often come on in most games.

The report suggests that the Gunners could move Tierney on if they secure a deal for full-back Ivan Fresneda from Real Valladolid. Inter and Juventus are amongst the teams interested in Tierney, who still has three and a half years left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

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