Corinthians send message to Arsenal over Fagner transfer move

Fagner has been on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Corinthians have told Arsenal to give up any hope of signing Fagner this summer.

The Gunners are on the lookout for a new right-back following Stephan Lichtsteiner’s departure and Fagner has been identified as a possible option to provide back-up for Hector Bellerin.

Arsenal’s incoming technical director Edu, who won two Premier League titles with the club, is reportedly behind the move for the 30-year-old Brazilian.

Unai Emery has a tight budget following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and Edu views Fagner as a cut-price alternative to PSG’s Thomas Meunier who has also been linked.

However, it appears Arsenal will have to look elsewhere for cover at right-back as Corinthians have no intention of selling Fagner.

Asked about Arsenal’s interest in the experienced full-back, a Corinthians director told ESPN: ‘It is only noise. Forget it.’

Fagner, who previously represented PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg at the club level, has nine caps for Brazil.

Arsenal had a bid of £40m turned down by Palace (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have been pushing ahead with their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha in recent days, but Crystal Palace are holding out for a fee of around £70m for the 26-year-old attacker.

The Gunners had an opening offer of £40m rejected for Zaha and the forward’s brother, Judicael, has urged Palace to come to an agreement.

‘Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,’ he said.

‘It is my brother’s dream, though, to play for Arsenal.

‘Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he has supported since childhood.’

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