The latest on the players Arsenal have been linked with this January – and who might leave the club as the Mikel Arteta era begins…
What have Arsenal done so far?
Arsenal’s first bit of business this month was to recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell at Leeds. It’s expected the young striker will go out on loan to another club before the window closes.
Meanwhile, Emile Smith-Rowe has joined Huddersfield on loan and Tyreece John-Jules has moved to Lincoln on another loan deal.
The latest players Arsenal have been linked with…
Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to Sky Germany, and have now stepped up their chase for the defender.
The 31-year-old, who is predominantly a centre-back but can also play at full-back, wants to leave the Bundesliga club this winter.
Bayer Leverkusen will resist January offers for Arsenal target Kevin Volland, according to Sky Germany. He has 18 months left on his contract.
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Who else have the Gunners been linked with?
Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain [Metro]; Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona [El Desmarque]; Boubakary Soumare, Lille [Mirror]; Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig [The Sun]; Thomas Lemar, Atletico Madrid [AS]; Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester [Leicester Mercury]; Dries Mertens, Napoli [Daily Mail]; Chris Smalling, Manchester United [Daily Mirror]; James Rodriguez, Real Madrid [El Desmarque]; Ezequiel Barco, Atalanta [Record], Adrien Rabiot, Juventus [Daily Mail], Max Aarons, Norwich [Daily Mail]; Merih Demiral, Juventus [Daily Mirror].
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The latest on those who could leave Arsenal this January…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says that recent media reports linking the striker with a move away from Arsenal during the January transfer window are untrue.
Mikel Arteta is hopeful Aubameyang will sign a contract extension at Arsenal but says no talks are currently ongoing with the Gabon international.
Granit Xhaka had agreed terms with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to the Arsenal midfielder’s agent.
But Arteta says he has convinced Xhaka to change his mind about his future at Arsenal, with the midfielder now poised to stay at the club.
Napoli and Roma want to sign Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac.
Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City are all interested in taking Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah on loan until the end of the season.
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Who else could depart the Emirates?
Shkodran Mustafi [Daily Mirror]; Eddie Nketiah, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City [Football.London]; Granit Xhaka, Borussia Monchengladbach [Daily Mirror]; Lucas Torreira, AC Milan [Calciomercato]; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Real Madrid & Inter Milan [El Desmarque & Daily Mirror]; Ezequiel Barco, Atalanta [Record].
Analysis: What to expect this January
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth…
“Arsenal’s January plans will become clearer now that Mikel Arteta is in charge. It is unlikely there will be massive spending given the club committed over £100m in fees over the summer, but there is lots of talk about strengthening the defence given injuries and form.
“Left-back is an issue with both Kieren Tierney and Sead Kolasinac out – and the latter has emerged as a target for Italian clubs Napoli and Roma. It is doubtful Arsenal would bring anyone in this position unless there is a departure.
“At centre-back, it should be remembered that Arsenal also have a new player arriving in the summer in the shape of Saint Etienne’s William Saliba.
“Arteta may also have to look at potential departures in midfield. At the time of writing, Granit Xhaka is interesting Hertha Berlin and it is thought the player is open to the move, while the future of Mesut Ozil will no doubt be a hot topic throughout the month.
“Arteta will want to make his mark in January, but every chance incomings will be dictated by departures up front too. Among potential forward options they have been tracking is Bayer Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland but the German club will resist any offers for him in January.”
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How to follow the January transfer window with Sky Sports
Sky Sports will bring you the very latest news from the January transfer market with the return of three shows.
Start your day with Good Morning Transfers at 9am as our team of reporters bring you the latest news and insight. Transfer Talk then follows at midday delivering analysis of the biggest stories. Then join us at 7pm for the definitive round-up of the day’s news with The Transfer Show.
Meanwhile, the Transfer Talk podcast will also be back at the turn of the year with more expert analysis from here and across the continent.
And as well as tuning into Sky Sports News, don’t miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.