Sheffield United star John Fleck shuts down Arsenal transfer speculation

John Fleck has rubbished rumours he could be joining Arsenal this January
John Fleck has rubbished rumours he could be joining Arsenal this January (Picture: Getty)

John Fleck has revealed he has no intention of leaving Sheffield United this January amid speculation linking him with Arsenal.

The 28-year-old midfielder has had an impressive start to the campaign with the Blades, racking up five goals and two assists in the Premier League, and his eye-catching form is rumoured to have caught the Gunners’ attention.

Football Insider reported last week that Arsenal are weighing up a £20million bid for Fleck which could tempt Sheffield United into selling the Scotland international in the summer.

It’s been claimed Arsenal have also plotting a move for Fleck’s team-mate, George Baldock, who has impressed for the promoted side at right-back this season.

Fleck scored a late equaliser at the Emirates earlier this month
Fleck scored a late equaliser at the Emirates earlier this month (Picture: Getty)

However, in a video posted by Sheffield United’s official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon, Fleck shut down rumours of a possible switch to the Emirates.

‘We all thought you were leaving this morning,’ a voice in the clip told Fleck at Sheffield United’s training ground.

Fleck rather emphatically replied: ‘Eh?! No chance!’

Arsenal completed a loan move for Flamengo’s Pablo Mari earlier this week and the north London club are expected to unveil Cedric Soares imminently.

On Thursday afternoon, Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted that Soares may have played his last match for Southampton.

Asked whether Kyle Walker-Peters’ arrival had opened the door to Soares leaving, the Southampton manager replied: ‘From our side, yes.

‘The fact is that he’s out of contract in the summer. He is injured at the moment so it will take three or four weeks until he can play again.

‘We had a good meeting two days ago. We didn’t speak about that. I was very positive with his development of his game in our shape, I could also imagine going longer with him but sometimes things change quickly in football.’

Hasenhuttl added: ‘For the club and for him it’s best and we say “Okay, if you want to leave, you only have two or three months on your contract and it’s better to go and we are concentrating on developing other players”.

‘This is our way, this is our philosophy. We went this way for more than a year and see young players developing well.

‘We have a few bright diamonds in our youth and we will have a lot of fun with them in the future and Kyle Walker-Peters can be one of them.’

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