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Arsenal ‘Hold Talks With Argentina Starlet Cristian Pavon’ Over Potential Post-World Cup Move

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Arsenal have held talks with Boca Juniors starlet Cristian Pavon, according to reports in Argentina.

The young winger is currently with the Albiceleste after being named in Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man World Cup squad.

Pavon, 22, has come through the ranks at Boca, who are reportedly already looking to find a replacement.

Unai Emery is keen to add to his attack in wide areas, and Pavon’s representatives have reportedly held talks with both the Gunners and Chelsea.

However, Boca may believe that holding on now could be in their best interests, as good showings in Russia could see his value rise.

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira lifts the lid on discussions to succeed Arsene Wenger

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira admits he did speak to Arsenal about becoming the Gunners’ new manager, writes Mirror Football’s James Whaling.

Arsene Wenger left the Emirates after more than 20 years in the club’s hotseat at the end of last season.

Vieira was one of the former players considered to succeed the Frenchman, as was Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta.

But the Arsenal hierarchy instead opted to appoint former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery as they bid to return to Europe’s top table next term.

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Vieira, who currently manages New York City FC in the MLS, opened up on the brief discussions in an interview with The Times, and also explained how he has developed a managerial philosophy while Stateside.

“Their executives met through a process which included a conversation with me but it didn’t go any further.

“I have been allowed to grow as a coach and gain valuable experience. That has helped me become much more clear in my approach, my vision of football.

“A game is there to be won. I want to enjoy myself on the bench, to have a team play football I want to see. To be bold.”

Barcelona enter Thomas Lemar race as Arsenal and Liverpool drop down pecking order

Barcelona have joined the race for in demand Monaco winger Thomas Lemar – and have ‘already asked’ the French side about a deal, writes Mirror Football’s Alex Smith.

France international Lemar has been a long term target for Liverpool and Arsenal, with the latter seeing a last ditch attempt to sign him in January fail.

La Liga champions Barca are targeting more attacking talent as Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is also on their radar.

Lemar is preferred to Eriksen, according to Sport, as his price tag is between €70 and 90million while Eriksen’s is unknown – with Daniel Levy’s desperation to get the highest price possible a turn off for Barca.

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have also entered the battle for Lemar, who is concentrating on France’s World Cup plans, but Barca are thought to now be at the head of the queue.

Earlier this year, it was claimed that Lemar had “hopes to join Barcelona”.

Courtesy: mirror.co.uk

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