While various reports suggest Arsenal are making a play for Everton midfielder Amadou Onana this month, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano poured cold water on the links.
Murmurs regarding Arsenal's interest in Belgian international Onana emerged before the January transfer window opened for business. Rumours even surfaced last summer, but a move was never likely after the club spent £105m to bring Declan Rice to the club.
And while the club's scoring woes have seemingly thrust a new striker to the top of every supporter's January wishlist, Thomas Partey's injury woes means Arsenal could do with signing another midfielder this month.
The Gunners were once reported as having a very strong interest in Douglas Luiz, while Joao Palhinha and Martin Zubimendi have also been linked with the club.
Fabrizio Romano pours cold water on Amadou Onana links
It's Everton's Onana's who's gained the most traction in recent days. Supposed Arsenal insiders have claimed that the club were exploring a move for the midfielder this month, while Belgian football journalist Sacha Tavolieri wrote on Monday that 'intensive' talks were ongoing between Everton and Arsenal regarding a potential deal for Onana.
Tavolieri added that the player is keen on the move.
However, more reputable sources, such as Romano, have hushed any talk of an imminent sale. Speaking on the Caught Offside podcast (via @ZRAFC), the Italian said: "I’m aware there have been some big claims being made about Arsenal intensifying negotiations to sign Onana. Of course, this has some Gunners fans excited, but I’m afraid it’s not quite the information I have for the moment."
Romano said that while the Gunners do admire the player, very little has happened on this front yet.
With Everton reportedly asking for an offer in the region of £50m to even consider letting Onana go, any move for the powerful Belgian international would surely prevent any other moves being made this month. Given the club's Financial Fair Play concerns, several players (or one big sale) would have to be let go to make the deal possible.