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Arsenal interested in loaning Real Madrid midfielder for the remainder of the season

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Arsenal may have a slow start to the January transfer window so far, notably missing out on the pursuit of Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea, but they are determined to improve their squad by shifting their attention to other targets.

According to Standard Sport, one of Arsenal’s priorities is to reinforce the ranks in the midfield department. To that end, they have plotted a shock move for Real Madrid youngster Eduardo Camavinga.

The report suggests the Premier League leaders want to sign the Frenchman on a loan deal until the end of the season. The club’s interest in the player comes in the midst of fears over Arsenal’s lack of depth in the midfield department.

Although the Gunners are firmly leading the Premier League table, they are short on numbers in midfield.

The team are often heavily reliant on the duo of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. As such, Mikel Arteta wants to rope in someone who can compete with the two.

Camavinga has emerged as an ideal option for the Arsenal manager. The former Rennes starlet has found it difficult to become a first-team regular at Real Madrid so far. In contrast, the summer addition of compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni has further dwindled his role in the team.

Arsenal have been alerted to Camavinga’s situation and are looking to secure his services until the end of the season.

However, it seems unclear whether Real Madrid would be open to sanctioning the exit of Camavinga.

Much like Arsenal, the Whites have a dearth of options in the middle of the park, and with the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos facing an uncertain future at the club, keeping hold of youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni could be essential.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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