Four transfer deals Edu expected to complete for Arsenal on deadline day
The transfer deadline is fast approaching and, from Arsenal’s point of view, there is still a lot to do.
The Gunners have largely focused on cleaning house so far in January, allowing Flo Balogun, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Pablo Mari and Karl Hein to leave on loan.
Meanwhile, Calum Chambers has joined Aston Villa on a permanent basis and Sead Kolasinac has had his contract terminated at the Emirates Stadium in order to secure a transfer to Marseille.
However, on the entrances front, it has been painfully quiet on the red side of north London.
With so many players leaving, there are concerns about the depth of squad Arteta will have for the rest of this campaign.
The likes of Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe will return from the Africa Cup of Nations when Arsenal take on Wolves in their next Premier League game, but the Gunners’ squad numbers still look a bit light.
football.london understands a deal for goaltender Matt Turner has been sealed, but the USMNT stopper won’t leave the New England Revolution until the summer.
Apart from that though here football.london examines the transactions that must take place on the day of the transfer deadline.
Centre-forward Nikolaj Moller impressed so much in his first season with the Arsenal Under-23s last time out that many dubbed him the ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’.
The Swede was sent on loan to FC Viktoria Koln in Germany’s third tier earlier this campaign but was recalled after scoring three goals in 13 appearances.
Flo Balogun having left on loan, there was a school of thought that the 19-year-old could spend the rest of this season battling with Mika Biereth for a starting spot in Kevin Betsy’s Under-23s at the club. ‘before.
However, it now looks likely that he will travel to Holland, where he will spend the rest of this campaign with Eerste Divisie side FC Den Bosch.
Although not technically an Arsenal player, Jack Wilshere has been training regularly with the Gunners first team at London Colney since October.
There have been suggestions the England international could be brought back to the Emirates on a short-term deal to address the lack of depth in midfield, but Mikel Arteta was quick to rule out any possibility of this happening.
The 30-year-old is currently away with the Arsenal squad on their mid-season trip to Dubai but could well leave camp to secure a transfer to his next club.
Many teams in the Championship have shown interest, while Italian side Monza and Greek side AEK Athens are also in the game. football.london understand.
This deal doesn’t have to happen on deadline day because Wilshere is a free agent.
The big issue with Arsenal at the moment, however, concerns Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Just over a month ago the 32-year-old was a vital part of Mikel Arteta’s squad, but since being sacked as club captain in December for disciplinary misconduct he has found himself exiled from the rest of the group, and was not invited to the trip to Dubai.
The Gunners are reportedly ready to let the Gabon international go and have received offers from Saudi clubs who are said to be willing to cover his high salary.
However, Aubameyang would like to stay in Europe and it is believed that Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have both submitted offers to loan him out for the rest of the season.
If the former Borussia Dortmund striker does end up staying, he is unlikely to feature until the end of the campaign at the time of writing, so his exit could well be secured on transfer deadline day.
A center forward
If Aubameyang ends up leaving, there’s a chance Arsenal will consider making a late move to bring in a centre-forward on deadline day.
The Gunners replaced Dusan Vlahovic earlier this month but the Serbian striker’s preference was unfortunately to stay in Italy and he has since joined Fiorentina.
The 21-year-old wasn’t Arsenal’s only centre-forward target though, and they are believed to be interested in Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lille’s Jonathan David and Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isaac.
It’s the latter deal that seems most likely before the deadline, however, it has to be said that Edu isn’t in the mood to overspend.
Isak has a release clause that is believed to be around the £70m mark, and with just one day to go before the transfer window, Arsenal are aware that their chances of negotiating that drop are severely handicapped.
Instead, it looks likely they will opt for a long-term solution at the striker this summer and stick with Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli as attacking options as they seek to secure football from the Champions League for the first time in half a decade.