Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Vlahovic ‘deadline set’ as talks UNDERWAY, battle with Chelsea for Lille striker

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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Vlahovic 'deadline set' as talks UNDERWAY, battle with Chelsea for Lille striker

Avoid signing Hutchinson – Dembele

Ousmane Dembele is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of the season, and is expected to leave the club this month.

Arsenal are one of several teams to be associated with the Frenchman, although former supporter Don Hutchinson does not believe the Gunners should move on to the winger.

He believes Dembele is on par with Nicolas Pepe, who has hardly hit top-gear since his £72million move from Lille.

Speaking on the BBC Radio Five Live Football Daily podcast, he said: “If I were Liverpool, I would [go for Dembele]’If I were Arsenal I was thinking I could get more out of Pepe, they are two similar players.

“The trouble with Dembele is he doesn’t fit well enough at Barca, he’s an amazing talent, he certainly was at Dortmund.

“If Arsenal threw their money at Dembele, I think it would be a risk, but if Liverpool did it he would be a squad player who would have to fight for his position.”

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