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Monaco seeks Brazilian midfielder as Fabregas replacement

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AS Monaco are looking at Juventus midfielder Arthur to replace the departing Cesc Fabregas. The Gunners legend is set to leave on a free transfer after 3 seasons with the French side. Both sides would prefer a loan or a swap deal, in order to increase Arthur’s value and also save money for his suitor. Juventus Summer Exit: Loan or Permanent?

Arthur has failed to live up to his expectations at Juventus, after a big-money swap deal from Barcelona a couple of years ago. Juventus are now set to sign Paul Pogba on a free transfer, so he is deemed as surplus to requirements at the club. Arsenal and Monaco remain interested in signing the Brazilian depending on the fee, but Juventus would prefer a loan deal to increase his market value.

At 25, Arthur still has time to find his feet and regain the form he has shown in patches for Barcelona and Juventus. On his day, he can run the midfield and make the team tick.

His high salary is an issue, which is why Juventus are looking to offload him on loan or a swap deal to balance the books. They will have to accept a loss on Arthur, they have already re-enforced their midfield in recent seasons by signing Locatelli and Mckennie.

Monaco to replace Fabregas

The 35-year-old Spanish stalwart is leaving on a free transfer, with the club identifying Arthur as his ideal replacement. A loan or swap deal seems more likely at this stage, with the intention of rejuvenating his career as the main aim.

Arthur did turn down a January move to Arsenal, and the Gunners remain interested in his signature.

According to The Mirror, Juventus want 2 Arsenal players in a swap deal involving Arthur this summer. GFFN have reported that the Brazilian has been offered to Monaco in another potential swap deal.

Monaco have stepped up their interest after the departure of Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid. Paul Mitchell has been working overtime to find the ideal midfield target, only time will tell.

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