Arsenal eyeing late swoop for 25-year-old Brazilian attacker [ESPN]

By on January 22, 2018

According to ESPN, Arsenal are plotting a late swoop for out-of-favour Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura during the closing stages of the January window.

We’re on the verge of signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United but Arsene Wenger is still in the market for a replacement for Theo Walcott following his move to Everton.

Bordeaux winger Malcom was strongly linked last week but it seems we’ve now gone cold on that deal due to his £40m+ valuation and the boss is now eyeing a cheaper alternative.

ESPN say sources close to Moura claim Arsenal have now joined the chase for the PSG attacker with Wenger believed to be lining-up a move for the Brazilian international during the final week of the window.

Moura joined PSG as one of the most exciting young attackers in world football but he’s fallen out-of-favour this season following the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The 25-year-old has struggled to force his way in to Unai Emery’s side this season and he admitted last weekend that he doesn’t expect to be at the club on February 1st.

Moura is quoted by ESPN as saying:

“Is there a chance that I stay this winter? I do not think so. With what the coach has said, it looks like this is the end of my Paris story.

“I have offers but I cannot talk about them. I like English football very much, it is truly one of the best leagues in the world.”

ESPN says Man Utd and Spurs have also been linked with Moura but with United set to sign Sanchez and Tottenham in for Malcom they are expected to drop their interest.

That would pave the way for Arsenal to swoop in during the closing days of the window with the report suggesting Wenger is hoping to secure an initial loan deal but PSG want a permanent sale.