We’re seven matches into the season and the transfer rumours have already begun.
After watching Arsenal end that dire sequence of away results, then immediately start preparing for another European night, it seems bizarre that we’re already back so discussing player transfers.
Then, come to think of it, the January transfer window is but two months away. Less, in fact. Some clubs are starting to see their signings the adjust to English football, while others are wishing they never bothered in the first place.
Over in north London, it’s definitely the former: Gabriel’s early season form has yet to peter out and he remains the absolute titan he is, while Thomas Partey has taken to Arsenal and the Premier League like a duck to water.
Mikel Arteta is still well aware – as we all are – that his squad is not complete despite Sunday’s positive result, and it appears the recruitment department are still keeping tabs on players. As per 90min, one such star is Cruz Azul forward Orbelin Pineda.
Seen as one of the emerging talents over in the North America, at 24 years old he is keen on a move over to Europe to further his career. Having been tracked across the Atlantic previously – notably rejecting Manchester City in 2016 – Pineda is now ready for a new challenge.
Arsenal aren’t the only Premier League sides eyeing a move for the winger, with Tottenham, Wolves, Everton, Southampton, Newcastle and West Ham also casting admiring glances. Across Europe, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Porto and Monaco are also credited with an interest.
Eight goals and seven assists in his 68 appearances for Cruz Azul hardly sets the pulses racing, but given the panoply of clubs linked with the winger, there is evidently more to his game than mere statistics.
His current deal runs out in December 2021, hence why speculation has mounted, but while Arsenal are in need of reinforcements, left-winger isn’t high up on the list at the moment.
One could surmise that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is destined for a centre-forward role, thus freeing up a slot there, but Gabriel Martinelli is a special talent who has thrived through the middle and on the left, while even Nicolas Pepe has shown the capability of switching flanks.
One to keep an eye on come the winter period, although the report does state mainland Europe appears the most likely move for Pineda.