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Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger wants Adil Rami and Joao Pereira

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering adding AC Milan centre-back Adil Rami and Valencia right-back Joao Pereira to his squad before the winter transfer window closes on Monday night.

The Gunners have already struck a deal to sign Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal - the 24-year-old will sign a long-term contract with the north London outfit after being granted a work permit - and could complete the purchases of both Rami and Pereira if Wenger gets his way.

This is according to the Daily Star, who cite reports on the continent as stating that the Arsenal manager is giving “serious consideration” to a double deal.

Pereira would fill the void left by injured full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is expected to be sidelined until April with a dislocated shoulder, while Rami would provide the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny - as well as Gabriel - with some additional competition.

Rami and Pereira played alongside each other for two years at the Mestalla - and their on-pitch understanding may have been one of the factors behind Wenger's late pursuit of the two defenders.

Chuba Akpom could join Liverpool

With Krystian Bielik also signed, it could be a case of four in, one (permanent) out at Arsenal this month - although teenage striker Chuba Akpom is unlikely to leave the Emirates Stadium until the summer.

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The England Under-20 international is a man in demand, with the likes of Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and FC Twente all vying for his signature.

However, it could be Liverpool who end up securing his services. Brendan Rodgers is reportedly ready to sign the 19-year-old, who could potentially replace the out-of-favour Mario Balotelli at Anfield.

Cesc Fabregas reveals Arsenal regret

And finally, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been speaking about his past, present and future in a revealing interview with the Telegraph.

The Spaniard, who secured a shock move to Chelsea last summer, has revealed his biggest regret during his eight-year spell with the Gunners.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it involves Arsenal’s failure to win more trophies during his spell at the Emirates Stadium.

“In terms of winning titles, of course I felt that at Arsenal we could have won more than we did because we arrived to finals and semi-finals, and most of the time we were nearly there,” Fabregas commented. “Of course, there is something in your heart that regrets not having won.”

Fabregas walked away from Arsenal in 2011, in order to join boyhood club Barcelona, with just an FA Cup winners’ medal to show for his time with the Gunners.

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