Arsenal Round-Up: Deal Close, Battle For German Defender, Box-to-box Midfielder on Radar

By | January 15, 2020

Arsenal 27-year-old defender closing in on Galatasaray move

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi could reportedly finalise a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray in the coming days with the Gunners defender’s agent flying to Turkey to hold talks over a potential switch.

The 27-year-old has largely failed to impress for the Norht London club since arriving from La Liga giants Valencia back in 2016 and has only made three Premier League games during the 2019-20 season.

Having been left out of the squad for the Gunners last two league games against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, the defender has seemingly been made surplus to requirements by new head-coach Mikel Arteta.

According to Fotomac, German defender’s agent is set to fly to Turkey to discuss a switch to Turkish giants Galatasaray, who have emerged as the frontrunners to secure the services of the Germany international this month.

The report adds that the centre-back could move on an initial loan with the view to a permanent transfer.

German centre-back, who will see his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expire in June 2021, has played 125 games for the North London club in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Sport report that Dayot Upamecano is the ‘ultimate goal’ of La Liga giants Barcelona in the winter window, following plenty of rumours between the RB Leipzig player and the Gunners. They expect the defender to cost €53m.

Sport add that Arsenal still want Upamecano to join them this month, Barcelona reportedly want to secure the services of the 21-year-old to allow Samuel Umtiti to depart from the club. Sport also mention the Gunners as a possible buyer in that case.

Most recently, Charles Watts of Goal confirmed that the North London club’s interest in Upamecano. He claimed the team held discussions with Bundesliga giants, RB Leipzig, over signing the defender last summer. If Leipzig decide to sell, the Gunners could try and do a deal in January, according to Watts.

AC Milan set to hijack Arsenal move for world-cup winning defender

Serie A giants AC Milan have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to secure services of Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

The 31-year-old defender continues to be rumoured with a move away from the Allianz Arena, having struggled to secure a regular starting spot at the club during the first half of the 2019-20 season.

The Gunners are believed to have recently approached the German champions to discuss a potential move for the world-cup winning defender before the end of the month.

The North London club are allegedly open to securing the services of the centre-back on a permanent deal, however, it is believed that a loan move could also take place during this month.

According to Sky Germany, AC Milan are also closely keeping tabs on the developments surrounding the defender, and the Italian heavyweights could be ready to challenge Arsenal for Boateng’s signature as they are also in need for a quality defender in order to improve their backline as they currently sit 10th in the Serie A table conceded 24-goals in 19-games.

Bayern are believed to value the ex-Hertha Berlin player in the region of £13m and both Arsenal and AC Milan are determined to sign him before the end of the January transfer window.

Arsenal planning to sign box-to-box midfielder in January

Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly in the market for a box-to-box midfielder and a new centre-back before the end of the January transfer window.

Gunners newly appointed head-coach Mikel Arteta has revealed that he is not expecting any major signings in January, although reports have claimed that the club could look at potential loan deals rather making permanent addition this winter.

The Telegraph reports that a new playmaker and defender are at the top of the Gunners wishlist as Arteta looks to strengthen his team following a poor first half of the campaign.

The Gunners are particularly short at the defensive end following a long-term injury to Calum Chambers, while Konstantinos Mavropanos has made a switch loan move to Numberg and Shkodran Mustafi are believed to be free to depart from the club this month

The North London club spent heavily during the summer, however, mainly on attacking talent including club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.

The knock-on effect is that they do not have as much to invest in the squad this month, however, they have still been rumoured with the likes of Jean-Clair Todibo, Samuel Umtiti, Jerome Boateng and Boubakary Soumare.

Arsenal have been linked with creative midfielders like Jack Grealish, James Maddison and AC Milan star Hakan Chalhanoglu.