ARSENAL are stepping up their January transfer plans with a bid for Norwich’s Emi Buendia said to be ‘imminent’.
But that may depend on Mesut Ozil’s situation, with the high-earning outcast reportedly edging closer to a move to Fenerbahce.
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Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow with Dayot Upamecano not leaving RB Leipzig this month, according to reports.
However, it is thought he will be sold for £38million in the summer.
The French defender, 22, is one of the hottest young talents with plenty of top clubs chasing his signature.
As well as Manchester United and Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Arsenal were also thought to be keen.
But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano insists Upamecano will not be going anywhere in January.
However, he did add the centre-back is expected to move on at the end of the season.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL
Former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell has backed reported plans to send Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson out on loan to Norwich.
The Gunners are said to be offering one of the pair in part of the deal for Emi Buendia.
And Campbell told Football Insider: “I think that is a move that could work for everyone.
“The Arsenal youngsters need to play regular football.
“Norwich play good football so it would be good for either Willock or Nelson to go there and learn and Arsenal get Buendia as part of the package.
“He is one of the players that we need. It would work out perfectly.”
Yves Bissouma fancies a move to Arsenal over Liverpool, it has been claimed.
Football.London believe the Brighton midfielder would prefer a switch to the capital with the Gunners seeing him as an ideal partner for Thomas Partey.
Arsenal are said to have doubts over Bissouma’s discipline.
But, in any case, the move is thought to be favoured for the summer with a playmaker on the Gunners’ agenda this month.
Darren Bent believes Arsenal should bring Lucas Torreira back from his loan at Atletico Madrid.
The midfielder has failed to make an impact in LaLiga and the ex-Tottenham star believes he is worth a place in the squad.
Bent told talkSPORT: “I probably would [take him back] because it’s more strength in depth.
“For me, I thought he was better than [Mohamed] Elneny. But, to be fair, Elneny has come back and he’s neat and tidy on the ball and he’s fitting into what Arteta wants to do and he is playing well.
“But I would take him back because of what it’s like at Arsenal. Things can change very, very quickly. Also with [Thomas] Partey and his injuries, at the minute.
“When he first came, he showed everyone what a good player he was.”
Alex Runarsson could be set for a quick exit from Arsenal.
The goalkeeper only signed from Dijon four months ago but has struggled in a handful of cup competition runouts.
Football Insider report on Runarsson being told he can leave Emirates Stadium this month.
And a European team are said to have already opened talks with the player.
HE’S OUR MAN
Arsenal and Chelsea have entered the race for Bursaspor wonderkid Ali Akman.
The 18-year-old has nine goals already this season with bids rejected from RB Salzburg and Galatasaray.
According to the Mail, a bid lower than £3million may nab the striker’s services.
Akman’s contract expires in six months with clubs across Europe ready to battle for his services.
Mikel Arteta has defended Nicolas Pepe – and claimed the winger ‘needs help to succeed’ after his slow start.
The Ivorian, 25, signed for the Gunners in 2019 for a club-record £72million.
The Gunners boss said: “We need to help him to [succeed].
“In order to do that he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team and when he has that, he needs to show he is capable of doing it.
“Let’s see how the next few months develop.”
GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS
Arsenal will face either Southampton or Shrewsbury Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
And if they manage to cruise through the round, they’ll go on to face either Chorley or Wolves.
Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has revealed the club are ‘closer’ than ever to completing the signing of Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil.
Responding to the recent speculation, Fenerbahce president Koc told Turkish outlet TRT Spor: “Ozil would be a dream for us at Fenerbahce.
“The club knows what the coach wants and our transfer policy is guided by that.
“There hasn’t been an official announcement. What I can say is we are closer than before.”
Arsenal are ready to ditch calamity goalkeeper Alex Runarsson after just four months at the Emirates if they can sign a replacement during the January transfer.
But renewed efforts to lure David Raya from Brentford are unlikely to succeed after the Spaniard signed a new Bees contract in October.
Icelandic international Runarsson has failed to impress as back-up to Bernd Leno since his £1million move from Rennes in September.
Rob Holding is seen as an emerging leader by boss Mikel Arteta and Edu, according to The Athletic.
The 25-year-old very nearly joined fellow Premier League side Newcastle United on loan last summer, so this new revelation indicates quite a turnaround.
The report states that both Arteta and Edu – two big decision makers – hold Holding in high regard and see him as an important player for the future.
Arsenal are reportedly ready to test Norwich’s resolve of Emiliano Buendia by making an official offer for the playmaker.
It was claimed last month that the Gunners were weighing up a move for the 24-year-old, with Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock to be potentially included in any deal.
Buendia has caught the eye of Mikel Arteta following his dazzling displays this season, with the Arsenal gaffer desperate to add creativity to his side.
No other player in Europe has created more chances than the Argentina youth international this season.
Napoli are eying a move for long-term target Kieran Tierney, according to The Telegraph.
The report states that Napoli were interested in signing the Scotland international when it…
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