According to The Mirror, Arsenal wanted to land Dani Olmo in January – but couldn’t seal a deal because Mesut Ozil didn’t depart the club.
It’s stated that Mikel Arteta would have been prepared to let Ozil leave the club in January, and the attacking midfielder did actually receive an offer from the Middle East on deadline day.
However, Arteta did not have enough time to replace the German, and two of his prime targets had already moved on, meaning no deal was struck for Mesut to go.
One of those targets was Dani, who completed a bargain £17 million transfer from Dinamo Zagreb to RB Leipzig in January after racking up eight goals and seven assists this term.
The Spanish star is only 21, and has already shown his quality in the UCL and the Under-21 European Championships, meaning Die Roten Bullen look to have a real talent on their hands.
Mikel likely knows plenty about Olmo from Spanish football and may have felt that he’d be an ideal replacement for Mesut in that number 10 role at Arsenal, but they have had to sit and watch Dani head to Germany instead.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was allegedly another target before the player left Dalian Yifang to rejoin Atletico Madrid.
The Belgian is more of a wide attacker than a playmaker, so it’s a surprise to see Mikel seemingly view him as a potential playmaking option.
Ozil’s long-term future at the Gunners looks sketchy to say the least, with Mikel possibly having a list of targets to replace him.
Two of them have moved on, but it would not be a surprise to see Arsenal move for a new attacking midfielder in the summer.