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Fabrizio Romano gives latest update on £60m Arsenal target

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has shed light on the latest update regarding a Premier League star who is a target for Arsenal

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In preparation for the upcoming summer transfer window, Arsenal sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta are actively seeking to strengthen their squad. 

Since Arteta took over the Gunners in 2019, the club have made significant strides, transitioning from a mid-table team to a contender for the Premier League title. However, acknowledging that their squad is not yet complete, Arsenal expect both incoming and outgoing transfers in the coming months.

A particular focus lies on bolstering the midfield, especially amidst uncertainties surrounding the futures of key players like Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga. Among the speculated targets, Fabrizio Romano has singled out Fulham’s Joao Palhinha, who has emerged as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League outside the traditional top six clubs.

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Palhinha’s potential move to Arsenal has been a topic of discussion, with Dean Jones previously indicating interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool. Romano highlighted Palhinha’s near departure from Fulham last summer, which fell through at the final stages, particularly citing Bayern’s interest.

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Joao Palhinha is still a target for Arsenal (Image credit: Getty Images)

While the transfer chatter around Palhinha has quieted in recent weeks, Romano suggests that it may reignite soon. He emphasized the significance of monitoring Bayern’s managerial situation, hinting at a potential revival of their interest in the midfielder. Valued at around £60 million, Palhinha brings a blend of talent, tenacity, and extensive Premier League experience to the table.

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Romano told CaughtOffside: “There was a lot written about Joao Palhinha last summer as he came close to leaving Fulham, with a move to Bayern collapsing late on.

“It’s gone quiet in recent weeks and months, and while nothing is happening now, I expect movement on this saga again soon.

“I expect Palhinha to be one to watch, so let’s see who is going to be the next Bayern manager, as this could be important to understand if they will return for Palhinha or not.”

However, Arsenal face stiff competition, notably from Bayern, should they decide to pursue Palhinha again. Moreover, considerations about the player’s age and future resale value at 29 years old add another layer to the potential deal.

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