Latest Arsenal transfer rumours – Leicester eye raid, £19m bargain, Spurs make move
The January transfer window is just round the corner.
In less than four weeks’ time the winter window will be open, albeit only for one month.
It is the only time Premier League clubs can make any signings between now and the end of the 2019/20 season.
Arsenal are usually relatively quiet in the winter window but a disastrous start to the season could force the club into action, in order to save their campaign.
Freddie Ljungberg is yet to taste victory as caretaker boss and it remains to be seen whether he will be in control when the window opens but, either way, the market is going to be a crucial period.
The Gunners have already been linked with plenty of new players, here’ we take a look at the latest rumours doing the rounds.
Mohamed Elneny to Leicester
Leicester City are among the clubs eyeing a swoop for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who is currently on loan with Besiktas, at the end of the season.
According to Turkish outlet Sozcu via Sport Witness , the Super Eagles want to sign Elneny permanently when his loan deal expires next summer but face competition in the market for the services of the Egypt international.
LaLiga outfit Valencia are also keen on Elneny, who has fallen way down the pecking order in North London, and the club would be willing to offload his services in order to create funds for transfers elsewhere.
Remaining in the Premier League would certainly be a surprising outcome for Elneny though, particularly as he never quite looked like cutting the grade in English football.
Ezequiel Barco to Arsenal
Arsenal and Manchester United have been informed that they can sign South American winger Ezequiel Barco from MLS franchise Atlanta United for a fee of just £19m, reports on the continent state.
According to reports cited by the Mirror, Atlanta are prepared to accept a fee of just under £20m for the exciting 20-year-old, who scored four goals and registered three assists in the most recent campaign.
His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs from across the continent, with Inter Milan, AC Milan, Roma, Sporting, Benfica, Lille and Valencia all attributed with interest in his services.
Highly versatile and able to play in a number of forward areas, Barco would be an impressive asset but there could be some concerns as to whether he’d endure the same sort of struggles that Miguel Almiron has encountered since moving to Newcastle United.
Merih Demiral to Arsenal
Tottenham are looking to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United in the market for Juventus defender Merih Demiral, with Bleacher Report stating Spurs have already made contact with the player’s representatives.
The Turkey international looks set to leave Turin after failing to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s side this season, which is not a reflection of his ability given the vast competition he has for a starting berth.
Demiral has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal and those links are likely to emerge once again heading into the January transfer window, with the Gunners struggling to find stability defensively.
However, with Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz, Sokratis, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding already in the squad, as well as William Saliba on loan with St. Etienne, Arsenal would surely have to secure some exits in this area before any further arrivals take place.