The transfer window is yet to show up many surprises, but with Arsene Wenger admitting we need reinforcements, it should soon hot up with an addition or four!
Today has not been as rife for Arsenal transfer stories as you would have expected, especially considering the latest injury to one of our first-choice back-four, but the main rumours are all focussed on holding midfielders.
The DailyMail claim that Arsenal are keen to tie up a £3.5 Million deal to bring 17 year-old Krystian Bielik to the club, although the Guardian are reporting that Hamburg’s boss Josef Zinnbauer is keen to secure his signature, and is optimistic of a deal after talks with the player over the weekend.
We look to be falling behind in the future star’s chase, but with the Legia Warsaw midfielder having admitted that he wants to join Arsenal last week, the only stumbling block at present must be the asking price.
SkySports are reporting that Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko has told the press that “Arsenal has always been the club of my heart”, and hinted heavily at a potential move to the Emirates, potentially issuing a come-and-get-me plea to Arsene Wenger.
We have been linked with Sissoko for a number of months now, but the French manager doesn’t appear too keen to bring the 25 year-old in, despite an impressive campaign to date.
Arsenal are supposedly to enter into talks with Borussia Dortmund in the coming days, over a potential £16 Million deal for Ilkay Gundogan, according to the Express.
The 24 year-old is heavily reported to be ready to leave the BVB, and while he has been a creative force for Dortmund previously, would we really fork out for a player who has made nine appearances in the last 18 months? We have enough players dancing around injuries at present don’t we?
William Carvalho is in the ‘process of finalising a £25 Million deal’ to join our illustrious club, if reports in the DailyStar are true.
The young Portuguese midfielder has been linked with Arsenal for some time now, and given his claims that he is keen to move to the Premier League, paired with the fact we are in the hunt for a defensive midfielder, these speculative stories were bound to pop up.
The claims seem unfounded, but despite the lack of evidence, Carvalho is young enough, and experienced enough to tick all the right boxes for Wenger.
The price would most likely put him off however, especially considering his lack of form since returning from the World Cup.
I would imagine Bielik is most solid rumour, given his admission to wanting to join us paired with the fact that talks have taken place prior. As for the rest, Sissoko could be kept in mind should Wenger fail to find a better value-for-money alternative, but I would rule out the others…