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Report: Arsenal in talks to sign Valladolid right-back, Gallagher make Chelsea transfer decision

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Arsenal in talks to sign Real Valladolid right-back

Arsenal are in talks with the representatives of Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda over a potential January transfer, reports the Evening Standard.

The Gunners are preparing for the possible departure of Cedric Soares, and are in talks with Fulham.

The Portuguese, 31, is out of favour at Arsenal, with Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu preferred to him.

They want another right-back as they continue to challenge for the title, and Fresneda, 18, has impressed them.

The Spaniard has become a key player for the La Liga team a year after making his senior debut. Fresneda has featured in nine league games this term, and Valladolid could find it hard to let go of him.

They are currently 17th in the Spanish top flight after 17 games and will likely want to keep him on loan for the rest of this season if Arsenal get a deal done.

Fresneda could become a quality long-term acquisition for the Gunners given his massive talents.

However, the north London giants are not the only club interested in securing his services.

Everton have also been linked with the Spanish right-back, but their chances of pipping Arsenal to his signature are slim.

Swapping the La Liga strugglers for the Premier League leaders will be appealing, but Freneda could struggle for regular game time if he joins the Gunners this month.

There is stiff competition for playing chances at the Emirates Stadium at the moment, but they could do with more squad depth.

Spending the rest of the 2022-23 campaign on loan at Valladolid to continue his development would make more sense for Fresneda.

Gallagher make Chelsea transfer decision

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is in high demand as several Premier League clubs are lining up bids to sign him in January.

However, according to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old is uninterested in leaving Stamford Bridge as long as he remains in the plans of manager Graham Potter.

Gallagher returned to Chelsea at the start of the season after excelling on his year-long loan move to Crystal Palace.

The Chelsea academy graduate helped Patrick Vieira’s side secure a mid-table finish last season, contributing eight goals and three assists in 34 league appearances.

His performances for Palace further established him as one of England’s brightest midfielders.

It also put him on the radar of England boss Gareth Southgate who handed him an international debut against San Marino last November.

The Eagles are one of the clubs keen on signing Gallagher permanently this month, along with Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Everton and Newcastle United.

However, Gallagher has no desire to leave his boyhood club as long as he continues to be selected by Potter, who is also against letting the youngster exit amid concerns about his squad’s escalating injury problems.

Gallagher has made 17 appearances for Chelsea this season, contributing a goal and an assist, but he has only started eight games.

He started Chelsea’s last league game against Palace, helping the Blues to a 1-0 win, and looks set to continue fighting for a place in the team. Chelsea’s new owners have splashed the cash heavily since taking over the club. 

Their latest acquisition Mykhailo Mudryk cost the club €70 million, with another €30m to come in team-related add-ons. The club may need to sanction outgoing deals to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.

However, while Gallagher is not keen on leaving, the club have reportedly not made any decisions regarding the player’s future yet.

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