Zaha, Boateng & Arsenal transfer targets
Having already splashed the cash on Nicolas Pepe last summer, Arsenal are not expected to do major business in January – but have not dismissed the possibility of a few loan signings. Though Arteta has hinted that Arsenal might dip into the market for January improvements, it is hard to see them breaking the bank for any major signings.
The Gunners boss previously stated: “We are going to try and be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team. That’s for sure and that’s our obligation and we’re going to be working on that.”
The Gunners are in need of defensive reinforcements with the likes of Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin having had or facing long spells on the sidelines.
There has been interest in Juventus defender Merih Demiral, but the Serie A side are unwilling to loan him out. Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has also been linked, but issues surrounding his fitness and lack of first-team football might see him overlooked. The more likely reality is that Arsenal will tap into the market for some loan signings instead of permanent transfers, instead looking ahead to the summer window.
RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has been eyed by the Gunners as a potential target in summer, though as far as January goes, they could sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, though it looks unlikely. Wilfried Zaha is another name that Arsenal have flirted with in the past, and could make a move for him once the season ends if he stays at Crystal Palace past January. Arsenal will need forward ammunition if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves, though it is uncertain who they will make concrete approaches for yet.
The Gunners are also in talks to sign PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa, with the Ligue 1 defender having just six months left on his contract. Arsenal are optimistic that Kurzawa will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season, with the defender having won three league titles while at Parc des Princes.