Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
The Gunners’ hopes of landing Karim Benzema may have received a major boost, after the Daily Express reported that Real Madrid had lined up a replacement.
Los Blancos reportedly want Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero should the Frenchman leave.
Arsenal are reportedly set to beat Manchester United to the signing of 15-year-old Benfica goalkeeper Joao Virginia, according to the Metro.
Virginia had been on trial with the Red Devils, but now appears set to move to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger may have thought that his main competition for the signature of Fernando Llorente was Man United, however the Daily Express report that a couple of surprise names have entered the running.
Both Crystal Palace and Stoke City are also hoping to land the Juventus forward.
Another target may be on his way to the Premier League during this window, after the Daily Express reported that Liverpool were plotting a £14.9m bid for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev.
However, the Gunners are reportedly considering a similar offer for the Russian.
Finally, Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom will undergo a medical ahead of a loan move to Hull City later today, according to the Daily Express.
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