Arsenal have not got long left to secure their transfer targets in the January window, but have three huge signings in mind before the deadline on Monday.
As hopes of securing Dusan Vlahovic are all but over, the club are not holding back in their efforts and will seek to bring in three new faces: a goalkeeper, midfielder and striker.
The Athletic report that the club are pushing to secure one of their three main centre-forward targets, and with Vlahovic seemingly out of the frame, that brings them to Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Alexander Isak.
Of the two, Isak would be the easiest deal to pull off. The Swedish international has a £75m release clause at Real Sociedad. As seen previously with Thomas Partey, such opportunities present the club with a simpler transaction as stumping up the cash avoids the need for negotiation. It is, however, an eye-watering fee, and while the club would prefer to angle for a lower sum, the Spanish side are pushing for European football and it would be understandable for them to not accept any less.
Arsenal plot stunning triple transfer move before January deadline with Isak, Calvert-Lewin, a midfielder and a goalkeeper all eyed by Arteta
Calvert-Lewin is highly regarded among the Arsenal coaching staff and while the deal would be one the England international will be tempted by, 16th place manager-less Everton would be woe to losing their prized asset mid-season. £60m is said to be the figure required to sign him.
As for midfield, there are long-term targets in mind with RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams and Lyon Bruno Guimaraes among their options, although in the case of both a summer move appears more likely.
Previously confident about wrapping up a loan move for Arthur, Juventus have since been fielding the Brazilian more regularly and Aston Villa’s pursuit of fellow midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur could see that move firmly put to bed. Douglas Luiz, of Villa, is someone Arsenal ‘particularly’ admire as well.
The final piece of business they hope to conclude is for American goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS side New England Revolution. There have been positive noises around this move, one that could see Bernd Leno moved on with Turner providing long-term cover for Aaron Ramsdale.
Loan deals may also be considered so Arsenal can go all in for their first choice targets in the summer, with Luka Jovic being offered to the Gunners in the final stages of what is set to be a hectic and dramatic January window.
Mikel Arteta was a busy man as he flew out to America to speak directly to with the club’s Kroenke ownership, discussions largely expected to centre around finance in these final few days of the month. This all without mentioning the futures of Aubameyang and Nketiah, which hinge on a new arrival.
Strap yourselves in. This could be special.