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Patrick Vieira’s ideal French midfielder may be signed by Arsenal for a £17.2m transfer.

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Arsenal have been busy so far in the summer transfer window after recently announcing the signing of FC Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira. Despite already signing a midfielder, transfers in this position should not stop there.

Youri Tielemans seemed like the ideal target to improve the middle of the park for Arsenal, but this is reportedly no longer the case. Mikel Arteta’s team have ‘cooled off’ their interest in Tielemans, according to Sky Sports. The report claims that it is increasingly likely that the Belgium international will now sign a one-year contract extension at the King Power Stadium, with his current deal due to expire in 12 months.

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Needing to sign an alternative to Tielemans, the Gunners have an excellent opportunity to close a bargain deal for French midfielder Cheick Doucoure. Former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is also a fan.

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According to French media outlet Foot Mercato, Lens is demanding €20m (£17.2m) for the 22-year-old. Crystal Palace are currently the main candidate to secure the signing of him, but Arsenal have also shown interest in the past.

According to The Mirror, The Gunners kept a close eye on Lens defensive midfielder Doucoure earlier in the season. He would be a useful signing because he too can play at the heart of the defence, despite being a natural midfielder.

This news comes after constant reports linking the midfielder to Vieira’s Crystal Palace for next season. The Crystal Palace manager’s scouting talent for midfielders has proven to be excellent, as he has acquired the likes of Connor Gallagher in the past. And with him being one of the best midfielders in Premier League history, this should persuade Arsenal to go ahead with a deal for Doucoure.

Since Vieira left the Gunners in 2005 to sign for Juventus, the fans have demanded a direct replacement for the Frenchman, which has never materialized. However, it looks like they may have hit the jackpot if they get Doucoure’s signature.

football.london’s Crystal Palace reporter Mark Wyatt noted that Palace fans were given a new clue about Doucoure’s future as the Mali international was left out of his national team’s final squad for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. June, with reports suggesting this was done to give him time. to advance the situation of his club.

Arsenal need to be proactive rather than reactive in this transfer window. Not having this mentality cost them in the January transfer market after losing to Dusan Vlahovic and Bruno Guimaraes. Stealing Vieira’s dream signing at Doucoure would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Gunners as Arsenal prepare for a busy summer transfer window ahead of next season.

For a bargain price, Doucoure would be a transfer worth pursuing. He enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign in Ligue 1. He helped Lens finish seventh in the table while recording contributions of five goals in 37 appearances. The midfielder made the third-most tackles in Ligue 1 last season with 67, three more than Real Madrid’s £84m summer signing of Aurelien Tchouameni.

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