Date: 19th January 2021 at 8:00pm
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Leicester City have made an offer for wantaway Arsenal target and Porto attacker Otavio, who is a free agent at the end of the season, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Gunners have been closely monitoring a move for the player after it emerged he rejected a contract offer from the Liga Nos outfit.

Leicester aren’t the only club interested in making a move for the ace with clubs across Europe thought to be in the running for the £16.2m-rated 25-year-old.

Would Otavio be a good signing for Arsenal?

Yes

No

A move for Emiliano Buendia seems to have hit a dead end with Norwich City boss Daniel Farke confirming yesterday that the Argentine ace will almost certainly not be leaving the club this month. In any case, the fee reportedly demanded by the Norfolk club was in and around £40m, a figure the north London outfit are reluctant to pay.

Then there’s reported interest in Israeli ace Manor Solomon, who is open to making a switch to Arsenal which is more likely to be a summer transfer as opposed to a winter one.

With Arsenal in desperate need for some competition/back-up to Emile Smith Rowe, a move for Otavio wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

He’s enjoyed a sensational career with the Portuguese side since joining back in 2014, winning two league titles. However, it was his performances last season which may have caught the eyes of clubs around Europe with the attacker having played five different positions and registered 15 assists across all competitions. It helped his club to a league triumph as Porto enjoyed success.

His versatility mixed with his creative output bodes well for an Arsenal side who struggled across attack up until the arrival of young blood back in December. The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Nicolas Pepe failed to make much of an impact in the first half of the season with Arsenal crying out for some recruitment.

However, whether a move will be made this month is yet to be seen with reports claiming the Gunners need to sell before they can allow for any incomings. With Mesut Ozil and Sokratis close to exits this month, that frees up a staggering £442k-p/w in wages, more than enough to welcome another addition into the squad for the remainder of the campaign.

There seems to be a desire to bring in some quality and whilst Otavio is likely to remain until the summer, a cheeky bid this month could go a long way to adding some much need quality and competition in the Gunners squad.

In other news, Gary Nevill has compared one young ace to Robert Pires.