Arsenal transfer recap: three-way battle for Nuno Mendes when Sead Kolasinac...

Arsenal are set to return to the Premier League this weekend with a trip to Manchester City on the horizon.

It will be a great test of the quality of the Gunners on the pitch and an opportunity for newcomer Thomas Partey to make his debut.

Partey, who arrived on the deadline of Atletico Madrid, was the most expensive arrival at the Emirates Stadium in a window where Gabriel and Willian also arrived in north London.

However, as in the football world, many are starting to turn their attention to the upcoming January window and we have the latest information on potential deals as well as new information on a famous deal that nearly closed in the club’s recent past.

Gunmen keep an eye on Sportings Mendes

Arsenal are one of three English clubs reportedly interested in Nuno Mendes
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Arsenal are one of three English clubs reportedly interested in Portugal U21 defender Nuno Mendes, who joined Sporting CP’s first team last season.

The 18-year-old played nine times last season and scored his first senior goal of the season in a win at Portimonense.

According to Calciomercato (via Football.London), Arsenal must face the competition for the youngster from Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan.

The teenager played for his country’s U21s when they beat Norway on Friday but prevailed against Gibraltar last night.

He made two assists on his U21 debut in September and helped Portugal beat Cyprus 4-0 in qualifying for the European Under-21 Championship.

Mendes has a more than £ 40m release clause and is under contract with the Portuguese club until 2025.

Kolasinac offered the Serie A club to prepare for the January window

Sead Kolasinac is in the pecking order under Mikel Arteta
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Sead Kolasinac is in the pecking order at Arsenal and has been linked with a return to former Schalke club during the transfer window.

This step failed to materialize, while the move to Leverkusen proposed by the Bosnian international also failed, but he was able to leave north London in 2021.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Kolasinac was offered to the Roma to replace Aleksandar Kolarov in the long term.

The report claims Kolasinac could be open to the move and the Roma are still looking for a new left-sided player to compete with Leonardo Spinazzola.

While the Giallorossi did not sign a left-back after Kolarov’s move to Inter Milan, they were able to sign a permanent contract for Chris Smalling on the deadline.

Wenger opens an infamous offer of £ 40,000,001 on Suarez

Arsenal failed with an ambitious offer to sign Luiz Suarez while at Liverpool
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Before Luis Suarez finished the 2013-14 season as the Premier League top scorer, the Uruguayan was courted by Arsenal.

The then Liverpool frontman was the subject of a bizarre £ 40,000,001 offer whose uniqueness ensured it was never forgotten.

However, Arsene Wenger, the then manager of the Gunners, has provided an explanation for the whole matter.

Wenger wrote in his autobiography, “Arsene Wenger, My Life in Red and White” (as published by Metro) that the Gunners had an arrangement with Suarez and his agent, but the offer was made to test information on an obvious release clause .

“The agent claimed there was a clause: if Liverpool were to offer £ 40million, they would be obliged to let the player go,” Wenger wrote.

“But thanks to an indiscretion in Liverpool. I found out that his clause never existed. To check this we offered £ 40,000,001. That may have been ridiculous, I admit.

“But Liverpool didn’t want to sell Suarez, they could afford to keep him and there was already an offer from Barca on the horizon.”

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