Arsenal is closing in on another young defensive midfielder

Arsenal has had a good January transfer window and is still busy in their bid to bolster their squad for the second half of the season.

Reports have linked several players with a move to the Emirates and Mikel Arteta’s side could add a new defensive midfielder to their group.

One player that has been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks is Vitoria Guimaraes’ Ibrahima Bamba.

The Italian youngster has delivered some fine performances for his present side in the last few months, which has caught the attention of top European sides.

A report on Sport Witness reveals the Gunners remain keen and have been getting close to sealing the deal.

The midfielder’s contract has a release clause worth 30m euros, a fee that Arsenal could easily pay to add him to their squad.

Just Arsenal Opinion

We have had a good January transfer window, but we need a new midfielder to complete the team.

The injury to Mohamed Elneny means we are short of options in that area, especially because we cannot bank on Albert Sambi Lokonga and Bamba could do a better job at the Emirates if we pull off the transfer before this window closes.

Pre- Man City FA Cup presser now available….
WATCH EVERY ONE of Mikel Arteta’s and Jonas Eidevall’s Full Press conferences by subscribing to our YouTube Channel – JustArsenalVids

CALLING ALL ARSENAL FANS! Anyone who would like to contribute an Article or Video opinion piece on JustArsenal, please contact us through this link

Tags Ibrahima Bamba


  1. A genuine DM who reads the game so well for a twenty year old.Bags of pace and energy in recovery and has the ball skills to fit into a box to box role.He would be a terrific acquisition and represents a substantial upgrade on Elneny, with the utmost respect to the Egyption who has served us well in his standby role.Our failure to land the overpriced Mudryk may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as the acquisition of Trossard, Kiwior and Bamba for around 75m in all, provides us with strength in depth and good value for money in today’s highly inflated transfer market.

  2. By the look of it, Bamba looks like a really strong DM, good in tackles and technique. We urgently need a midfielder this transfer window to sustain our title push and the addition of Bamba could meet the need of a really vital position.

  3. I hope Arsenal sign him before the window slam shut in few days time.He look very strong and capable.Infact We trust the process of Coach Arteta.So any addition from him and Edu is warmly welcome.So lets go for him ASAP.

  4. I know almost nothing at all about BAMBA, but I am certain we will sign a midfielder before the window closes and so on balance, I tend to believe THIS rumour, for once!

    I am possibly in a tiny minority that believes the absence of Elneny will be a blessing, not a curse.

  5. Not sure if bamba has the following qualities that professional premiership scouts are looking for, here’s why. There is more pressure playing in the English league than in europe. In the premiership players are on you very quickly so you don’t have the time on the ball as you would have in a europian league. So you may look good on youtube playing abroad but that won’t cut it in the premiership unless you have certain attributes. These attributes can “only be shown under pressure”. So when you look at the player on youtube, see how he plays (not one on one) when he has 3 players surrounding him can he then make a forward pass? or is he negative and passes backwards? or when he gets kicked does he stay on his feet? of does he dive alot? These are added positive attributes you need to make it in the premiership and what scouts look for in a players ability to transform to the aggressive fast pace English league. So does bamba who is unproven in the premiership have these additional qualities? It’s not just about high pass percentages and showboating when it’s just one on one against easy defenders that make you look good from an inferior league! Otherwise it’s a very big gamble!

    1. @daveg
      Pure fallacy, when you take into account that the EPL top 6 teams have a majority of players from other European or South and Central American countries, who come from supposed “inferior”leagues. The major difference between the EPL and other leagues, is the buying power of EPL teams and the pay structure. Jus sayin…

    1. Bamba is a natural DM whilst Danilo, who looked average for Notts Forest against Man Utd the other night, is more of a box to box operator.Bamba is a good bit quicker over the ground than Danilo, who struggled positionally against Fernandez who was able to run off him on numerous occasions.It would of course be unfair of me to criticise the Brazilian on his debut in the EPL and he may well turn out to be a good acquisition for Forest who are individually and collectively weak de fensively.

      1. I’m sorry but I don’t agree with you… I’m brazilian and I’ve seen Danilo playing for Palmeiras many times, and most of them he was playing as a truly DM but, just like Partey, he has quality to play futher ahead the pitch (I’m not saying he is as good as Partey, just saying that Partey is a DM that acctually covers both boxes). Brazilian league is way below EPL, so time will tell if Danilo can take the step up but, according to the transfer fee paid (£20m), I guess it was a risk worth taking.

  6. Fabrizio Romano
    EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have submitted £60m bid to sign Moises Caicedo as new midfielder 🚨⚪️🔴 #AFC

    Chelsea had £55m verbal proposal rejected this January as Brighton hope to keep the player — but Arsenal are now pushing.

    Negotiations enter into key stages for Caicedo’s future.

    1. Expected £60M bid will be rejected Brighton, they want around £75M so I’m fairly confident we will get close to that valuation maybe with achievable add-ons.

      Bamba might one of the back up options if Caicedo proves to difficult to do but I’m not sure he is the right signing to come straight into the middle of a massive title challenge.

  7. While Caicedo is a very promising young midfielder, he is overpriced at 50m let alone 75m.Interesting to note how Bisouma and Cucarella have failed to set the heather on fire since their transfers to Spurs and Chelsea.Caution required with Caicedo methinks but not for Bamba.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors