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Arsenal transfer targets: Zaha, Boateng & players linked with the club

8:00 PM GMT+4 23/01/2020
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All the latest Gunners transfer news, rumours, quotes, gossip and done deals for the January 2020 transfer window

It is a time of rebuild at Arsenal, with former manager Unai Emery dismissed by the club halfway into his second season and replaced by ex-Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal have spent much of the Premier League season in the middle of the table, and will be optimistic that their new manager will bring a fresh philosophy and energy to the club.

Having already splashed the cash on Nicolas Pepe last summer, Arsenal are not expected to do major business in January – but have not dismissed the possibility of a few loan signings.

Goal will keep you updated with all the latest transfer news - with insight from our Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts - and rumours and gossip surrounding the Gunners' transfer activity and potential arrivals in January and beyond.

Contents

  1. Top Arsenal transfer targets
  2. Latest Arsenal transfer news & rumours
  3. Potential Arsenal exits
  4. Confirmed Arsenal transfers

Top Arsenal transfer targets

Though Arteta has hinted that Arsenal might dip into the market for January improvements, it is hard to see them breaking the bank for any major signings.

The Gunners boss previously stated: "We are going to try and be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team.

"That’s for sure and that’s our obligation and we’re going to be working on that."

The Gunners are in need of defensive reinforcements with the likes of Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin having had or facing long spells on the sidelines.

There has been interest in Juventus defender Merih Demiral, but the Serie A side are unwilling to loan him out.

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng has also been linked, but issues surrounding his fitness and lack of first-team football might see him overlooked.

The more likely reality is that Arsenal will tap into the market for some loan signings instead of permanent transfers, instead looking ahead to the summer window.

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has been eyed by the Gunners as a potential target in summer, though as far as January goes, they could sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, though it looks unlikely.

Wilfried Zaha is another name that Arsenal have flirted with in the past, and could make a move for him once the season ends if he stays at Crystal Palace past January.

Arsenal will need forward ammunition if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves, though it is uncertain who they will make concrete approaches for yet.

The Gunners are also in talks to sign PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa, with the Ligue 1 defender having just six months left on his contract.

Arsenal are optimistic that Kurzawa will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season, with the defender having won three league titles while at Parc des Princes.

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Latest Arsenal transfer news & rumours

Ceballos wants out of Arsenal

Dani Ceballos is in talks with Real Madrid regarding an early exit from Arsenal.

The midfielder has asked Real Madrid to help him find another team as he has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates.

Full story from Charles Watts here!

Gunners offer Martinelli wage increase to fend off suitors

Arsenal are set to offer Gabriel Martinelli an improved deal following Real Madrid interest in the Brazilian teenager.

According to the Daily Mail, Martinelli will be rewarded with a pay rise from £10,000 a week to around £30,000 despite his current deal running through 2024.

'Bad' Arsenal defence needs two defenders

Arsenal “need two defenders in”, says Charlie Nicholas, with Mikel Arteta’s side considered to be “so bad at the back”.

The former Gunners star has told Sky Sports: “There’s not much time to go [in the January transfer window], but I’d like to see some defenders in."

Full story here!

D.C. United meet with Ozil's team

The Washington Post report that the MLS side have met with a group of players and representatives that include Mesut Ozil.

The Arsenal midfielder was previously linked with the side in August, but a deal never materialised and he has since rediscovered his form at the Emirates.

Gunners targeting Sheffield Utd's Fleck

According to Football Insider, Arsenal are targeting Scottish midfielder John Fleck as they look to bolster their squad depth this January.

Fleck scored against the North London side and could be available for a £20 million ($26m) deal.

Barcelona want Aubameyang on loan

The Spanish side are eager to sign the Arsenal forward on loan until the end of the season to replace the injured Luis Suarez.

Suarez is set to spend a six-month spell on the sidelines, and the Gabon international is now considered a high transfer priority.

Full story here by Charles Watts & Ignasi Olivia!

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Potential Arsenal exits

Skhodran Mustafi has been tipped to leave the Gunners on a permanent transfer should the right offer come in.

His departure, however, would be made more difficult given Calum Chambers' situation, despite his less-than-consistent form this season.

Eddie Nketiah had been expected to leave on loan, with Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday all interested, but the striker is now set to remain after impressing Arteta.

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Confirmed Arsenal January window transfers

Arsenal signings

Player Signed from Fee
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Arsenal departures

Player Signed for Fee
Emile Smith Rowe Huddersfield Town Loan
Tyreece John-Jules Lincoln Loan
Konstantinos Mavropanos Nuremberg Loan
Deyan Iliev Jagiellonia Bialystok Loan

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