Arsenal given Odsonne Edouard advice as Gunners weigh up Unai Nunez transfer

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has urged Arsenal to ask Kieran Tierney's advice before swooping for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

Edouard is on Arsenal's radar as the club face the possibility of losing star forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the summer transfer window.

While Nicholas doesn't feel Edouard can be a like-for-like replacement for Aubameyang, he has predicted that the France under-21 international "will become a top player" and could one day fill Alexandre Lacazette's role at the Emirates.

But he said before considering Edouard, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta should speak to left-back Tierney, who was the striker's team-mate at Celtic until he joined the Gunners last summer.

“If Arsenal are genuinely interested in Edouard, it would be a crazy scenario if Mikel Arteta and his staff were not questioning Tierney about the player's qualities,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“When Tierney's fit, he's very much an attacking full-back. He could see Edouard's movement, and he could drill balls into his feet.”

Upamecano transfer warning as Gunners eye Nunez swoop

Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has been given a transfer warning as the Gunners reportedly weigh up a swoop for alternative centre-back target Unai Nunez.

RB Leipzig defender Upamecano is reported to have a release clause of £50million, but his contract with Leipzig expires at the end of next season, so the Bundesliga club may have to resign themselves to losing their highly-rated centre-back.

But Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has urged caution as Upamecano – also linked with Liverpool and Tottenham – considers his next move.

Krosche reckons the coronavirus pandemic that has brought football to a standstill may influence the thinking of the French under-21 international, as clubs wait to discover what the financial cost of the crisis will be.

“This is a far-reaching decision for a player. He should take his time with that,” Krosche told German publication Kicker.

Referring to the coronavirus outbreak, he added: “Maybe that has changed a bit as a result of the new situation.”

An alternative to Upamecano is Nunez, with the Gunners considering a swoop for the Athletic Bilbao defender, according to Deia.

The Basque outlet reports that 23-year-old Nunez has recently changed agent as he considers a move away this summer.

The defender would likely cost around £25million and could be a cheaper alternative to Upamecano.

Torres boost amid Arsenal interest

Another potential centre-half target, Villarreal's Pau Torres, has given the Gunners a significant transfer boost by revealing that he has been learning English in his spare time.

The 23-year-old, who has been in impressive form in La Liga, told El Periodico Mediterraneo: “In the afternoon, after lunch, I study a few languages because I was learning English and now is a good time to resume it.”

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