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Gunners tipped to step up Palhinha pursuit

Arsenal are tipped to firm up their interest in Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha.

Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is still regarded as the Gunners’ preference should they bid for a new grafter this month.

But it’s claimed boss Mikel Arteta is weighing up a bid for the 24-cap Portuguese star, 28.

Palhinha was outstanding as he played the whole of Fulham’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal on New Year’s Eve.

He looked just the type of partner for Declan Rice that Arteta reportedly wants.

And the main stumbling block for an offer in the current transfer window – for either him or Luiz – could be the Gunners’ financial restraints.

‘Utd disharmony means Liverpool better for Olise’

Liverpool and Manchester City would be a better bet for reported Arsenal target Michael Olise than the “disharmony” of Manchester United.

That’s the verdict of Anfield legend John Barnes as transfer speculation mounts over the Crystal Palace winger.

The former England winger told “Olise is a confident player who can play for any of the big clubs.”

“Him going to United would be him going to a club full of disharmony and a lack of unity so he’s not going to go there and turn Manchester United around.”

“United have a much bigger problem so players need to stop going there thinking they will solve the issues at the club.”

“There’s a lack of togetherness, belief within the club from the players to the manager to the fans.”

“Olise is a fantastic player and Liverpool and City could be interested in him too and those two clubs are a more likely destination.

“It’s a more attractive proposition because both clubs are stable unlike United. But Olise would be a great signing for Manchester United, City and Liverpool.”

Red Devils tipped to rival Arsenal for Eagles ace

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing up a summer move for Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise – also linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s 25 per cent takeover of the Red Devils was confirmed last month as he assumes control of football operations at Old Trafford.

After buying Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana last summer, the Red Devils might have to docus on loan arrivals in January.

But they are already planning ahead as Ratcliffe prepares for his first end-of-season transfer window at the helm – with plans to “overhaul” the squad.

This is being led by the businessman’s right-hand man, Sir Dave Brailsford, as he begins to identify targets.

According to The Standard, Man Utd are interested in making Olise, 22, one of the first signings of the Ratcliffe era.

Gunners rated favourites if Olise moves

Arsenal are being backed to put the heaviest pressure on Crystal Palace to sell Michael Olise this month.

Chelsea and Liverpool are also rated big admirers of the 22-year-old French winger.

But the Eagles are confident of keeping the former Under-21 international for at least the rest of the season.

Gunners could cut Marquinhos loan short

Arsenal are tipped to cut short Marquinhos’ season-long loan at Nantes.

The Brazilian winger, 20, has started just one game for the Ligue 1 club.

The Under-23 international also struggled for game time when he arrived at the Emirates in 2022 from Sao Paulo.

And he spent the second half of last term on loan at Norwich in the Championship.

Now French outlet L’Equipe say Marquinhos is likely to be recalled to the Emirates this month.

In all, he’s played just seven games for Nantes.

Gunners and Toon tipped to chase £70m Diomande

Arsenal and Newcastle could consider bidding for Sporting Lisbon’s’s £70million-rated Ousmane Diomande.

The Portuguese giants are said want the centre-back’s full release clause if they are to even contemplate selling the Ivorian, 20.

But Football Insider believe the Gunners are still taking a look at Diomande.

Newcastle’s interest in bolstering their defence is more pressing.

But it’s suggested any transfer war will wait until the summer.

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