It hasn’t always been happy hunting in the transfer market for Arsenal, with fans hoping for more since the glory days of title winning sides. However, things are picking up and some serious cash has been spent in recent transfer windows by the Gunners. With the January transfer window upon us, we’ll be bringing you the very latest Arsenal transfer news and gossip daily so you won’t miss any movement in or out of the Emirates Stadium. Also, make sure to check out our Arsenal transfer news rumours live feed with all the latest in-depth analysis on the latest players being linked with a move to north London.
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Gunners star ‘close’ to signing a new lucrative contract – Friday 19th January
Arsenal appear to be close to a breakthrough with the contract of Mesut Ozil with a report stating that the German World Cup winner is ‘close’ to signing an improved contract – in what would be a welcome boost to Arsene Wenger’s side.
Ozil has scored four and assisted five goals in 18 Premier League appearances this season for Arsenal (via Sky Sports).
Juventus target a number 10 swoop from either Arsenal or Spurs – Wednesday 17th January
Reports are suggest Italian giants Juventus are targeting a transfer move for a new number 10 for next season and they are eyeing up soon to be free agent Mesut Ozil and also Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.
Both players would represent a huge outlay for the Old Lady, with Ozil’s wage demands likely to be above what Juve are likely to want to pay and Spurs will be reluctant to even discuss letting their star man leave (via ESPN).
Arsene Wenger seriously concerned about striker temperament – Tuesday 16th January
A report today is suggesting that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is having serious reservations in regard to potentially signing about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to the player’s temperament and discipline issues at Dortmund.
The £50m-rated striker has been dropped at least three times by his own club for poor conduct and despite his obvious talent for scoring goals, Wenger is left pondering whether Aubameyang is what Arsenal need this month (via Star).
Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan wanted at Arsenal as part of Sanchez deal – Monday 15th January
If Alexis Sanchez is to leave Arsenal for Manchester United then the Gunners are demanding that they get Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of any deal.
It would appear that Sanchez could announce his departure at any day now, but a move to Old Trafford would make more sense that to Man City as it would appear that Arsene Wenger’s side will be able to get a replacement in the form of 28-year old Mkhitaryan, who impressed early on this season before falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho (via The Guardian)
Arsenal ready to meet Boca attacker’s £27m release clause – Tuesday 9th January
A report in Argentina picked up in England is stating that Arsenal are lining up a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who looks set for Manchester City – in the form of Boca Juniors attacking star Cristian Pavon.
There is a release clause of around $37 million (£27m) which isn’t likely to put off the Gunners should they get most of that for Alexis Sanchez.
The 21-year old has scored three and assisted six in 12 appearances this season in Argentina and can play left wing or right wing and through the middle (via Metro).
Wenger reveals club are ‘not close’ to more January signings – Monday 8th January
This might not the best time to hear this Arsenal fans, but boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly said that the club are not close to securing any other signings this January after securing defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Fresh off a shock FA Cup defeat fans will be looking for more reinforcements for the second half of the season but Wenger said; I can’t give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anyone” (via the Sun).
PSG turn down chance to sign Benzema in boost to Arsenal – Wednesday 27th December
Reports today are suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain have spurned the chance to bring in Karim Benzema in the January transfer window, with the La Liga champions seemingly looking to cash-in on the 30-year old Frenchman.
The news could be a boost to Arsenal who are being strongly linked to the striker, and if PSG are out of the picture it could push the Gunners to make a successful move for Benzema in the new year (via Don Balon via CaughtOffside)
Arsenal are plotting a €20m transfer move for Barcelona winger – Friday 22nd December
Arsenal are reportedly plotting a €20m (£17.7m) move for Barcelona’s 22-year-old winger Jose Arnaiz.
Despite only arriving in the summer from Valladolid, Arnaiz has been restricted to mainly cup appearances with the first team and Arsene Wenger’s side are serious contenders to make a move in January – according to (via Spanish news source Marca).
Arsenal to make sensational January move for rival defender – Tuesday 19th December
David Luiz is the latest name being linked with Arsenal in what would be shock bit of business taking the Brazilian from Chelsea to north London.
Any kind of bid would be in the region of £30m+ in order for the Blues to sell – with Arsene Wenger apparently very keen on the player’s versatility to play both defender and defensive midfielder (via Express).
Arsenal targeting £30m Brazilian also on Man Utd radar – Monday 18th December
Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the availability of Malcom, a Brazilian winger currently playing at Bordeaux in France.
The £30m-rated 20-year old has been lighting up Ligue 1 this season with seven goals and four assists in 17 matches – but Arsenal, if serious, will face competition from other top European clubs including rivals Manchester United (via IBTimes).
Arsenal star could be set for Turkey move for around £30m – Thursday 14th December
Besiktas are readying themselves to lose Cenk Tosun in the January transfer window and are likely to turn to £30m-rated Olivier Giroud as a replacement.
Tosun has been linked with numerous European clubs including Chelsea scoring 12 goals in all competitions this season. Giroud has recently admitted he needs regular game time heading to the World Cup next summer and Besiktas might just be the platform to provide him with guaranteed football (via Turkish Football).
Reports claim ‘done deal’ for the Gunners in midfielder bid – Wednesday 13th December
Former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi to Arsenal is apparently a done deal according to reports.
A deal in the region of £35.3m has been agreed to take the 28-year old to north London in the new year, with the Frenchman having fallen out with the Sevilla’s club management after a Champions League fixture (via the Mirror).
Arsenal closing in on Bundesliga star on free transfer – Friday 8th December
Reports are linking Arsenal with a move for Leon Goretzka from Schalke next summer on a free transfer.
A number of top European clubs including rivals Man Utd and Man City are monitoring Goretzka but it’s said that Arsene Wenger’s side are winning the race to sign him on a preliminary deal in the new year (via The Sun).
Arsenal Transfer Targets
It would be fair to say that manager Arsene Wenger has a certain kind of player in mind when bringing in new players to pull on the red of Arsenal. Ball playing, flair and pace are certainly traits that have been exhibited in past Arsenal transfers. Purchasing players either in their peak or just before is usually the norm, but the one exception to that ‘rule’ was the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea at the age of 33.
In-fact (except Cech), the current top 25 most expensive signings at Arsenal have been no older than 28.
With the transfer window never far away, Arsenal continue to be linked with a host of players including Riyad Mahrez, Jonny Evans, Joshua Kimmich and Steven N’Zonzi.
Arsenal Transfer Record History
Arsenal fans have been crying out for bigger marquee transfers for years and in the summer prior to the 17/18 season the club broke its transfer record with the signing of goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
Back in 1999/00 season Arsenal signed a certain Thierry Henry from Juventus for what now seems to be a seriously small sum of cash – £14.49m. However that was around 18 years ago, and despite the amount of time Henry is still only the 12th most expensive player in club history – it can be debated one way or the other; either Arsene Wenger likes to be shrewd in the market or the club has lacked the financial ambition to challenge its rivals.
Legendary goalscorer Dennis Bergkamp signed back in the 1995/96 season for quite a sizeable fee for that era – £10.13m, scoring 87 goals for the Gunners.
|Rank||Player||Transfer Deal||Transfer Fee|
|1||Alexandre Lacazette||2017 from Olympique Lyon||£47.7m|
|2||Mesut Özil||2013 from Real Madrid||£42.3m|
|3||Granit Xhaka||2016 from Borussia Mönchengladbach||£40.5m|
|4||Alexis Sánchez||2014 from Barcelona||£38.25m|
|5||Shkodran Mustafi||2016 from Valencia||£36.9m|