ARSENAL reportedly remain interested in signing Vinicius Jr this month.
But Real Madrid have no intention of letting him leave, even on loan.
Defensa Central claims Mikel Arteta is still tracking Vinicius Jr after adding him to a transfer shortlist last month.
The winger, 20, has scored three goals in 21 games this season.
But he is yet to fully establish himself as a regular starter in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
A move to the Emirates could provide Vinicius Jr with an important role, allowing him to add to the one senior Brazil cap he earned in 2019.
Arsenal have already proposed a loan move to Real Madrid, with Dani Ceballos already in north London.
But Los Blancos are insisting they will not part ways with Vinicius Jr, even on a temporary basis.
It means the Gunners will have to look elsewhere for a new creative force in the final third.
Borussia Dortmund whizz Julian Brandt is thought to be on Arteta’s radar.
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And Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Norwich’s Emi Buendia.
The Argentine ace would jump at the chance to leave the Championship for a Premier League return.
And Arsenal could sweeten the pot by including Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock in a deal with the Canaries.
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