Arsenal Transfer News Monday 15 December

Moutinho Rules Out Monaco Exit

Joao Moutinho Arsenal transferArsenal transfer target Joao Moutinho has ruled out a January move away from Monaco.

The Gunners have been linked with a £25million move for the Portugese midfielder after he became disenchanted with life at the Ligue 1 club.

Moutinho was reported to have told his agent, Jorge Mendes, to find him a new club, but he says that won’t now happen until the end of the season – if at all.

“I am not thinking about the January window, nor am I thinking about the end of the season,” Moutinho said on Sunday. “I don’t want anything to do with that. I am focused on Monaco.”

Moutinho was said to be unhappy following the summer departures of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao.

Arsenal Keen On Munir Loan

Arsenal are interested in a loan deal for Barcelona striker Munir El-Haddadi. However, they may face competition from an unlikely quarter in the shape of Spanish second division side Real Betis.

The 19-year-old Munir made his La Liga debut in Barca’s opening day match with Elche and got on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory. But he has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp since Luis Suarez’s return from suspension.

Arsenal were linked with Munir earlier this season but they could face competition from both Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Now, Spanish website El Desmarque claims Real Betis have been in contact with Barcelona over a loan in January, although Barca remain cool over a loan move to a side outside the top flight. Barcelona’s own reserve team play in Spain’s second tier and a move to Betis is being seen as counter-productive.

Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Barcelona have greeted with caution the approach from Betis as Munir is a player for whom they have high hopes.

Any offer from Arsenal is likely to be given similarly short shrift – at least for now and Arsene Wenger will have his work cut out to try and persuade Barca to allow Munir to leave for the second half of the season.

For one thing there is no guarantee he will walk straight into the Gunners’ first team. In addition, he wouldn’t be eligible for the Champions League knockout rounds having already played for Barcelona in the group matches.

An Arsenal transfer is by no means assured.