Arsenal Transfer News Latest Today: Gunners target Buendia and Brandt for January 2021
Arsenal are on a revival of sorts, after winning their last three games and moving closer to the top half of the league, and Alley Sport is here with Arsenal transfer news latest today. The Gunners are in the winter transfer market to solve their problems with creativity from midfield. The North London club are targeting Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt, but Norwich City attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia is also an option, according to latest news.
Julian Brandt set for Dortmund exit? – Arsenal transfer news latest today
Dortmund attacking midfielder Julian Brandt is on top of Arsenal’s wishlist for an attacking midfielder, per reports. The German international is only 24-years old and could be the source of creativity from the middle of the park at the Emirates Stadium for years to come, should he join. Arteta’s side are in dire need of someone who could provide the killer pass in the final third and link attack with midfield. The Gunners have scored only 20 goals this season in the Premier League.
Brandt is one of many options – which also includes Champions League winner Isco and Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia. However, Dortmund’s sport director Michael Zorc had told the press earlier that no negotiations have started over Brandt and the German club are not willing to sell an important player in the middle of the season. The player himself has also not said anything in the public domain.
Exits the focal point of Arsenal’s January window?
While Gunners fans across the world are hoping for a busy winter, manager Mikel Arteta has come out and said the exact opposite. According to the Spanish tactician, the club’s “priority” is to let players go out on loan or leave for good, rather than make marquee signings.
This has come as a surprise to many given Arsenal’s below par performances and their league position, but Arteta has pointed out that they have a large squad and want to let some players leave. The Gunners boss indicated that once they have handled the departures of players, they might look to bring in a new face or two if the right opportunity arises.
Players who have not regularly featured for Arsenal this season, including left-back Kolasinac who is linked with a loan to Schalke 04 center-back Sokratis who is linked with Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbache. Youngsters Florian Balogun and Matt Macey are also said to have attracted loan offers from lower-tier clubs.
The elephant in the room, however, is the situation of Mesut Ozil. The former-German international who is also a World Cup winner has been frozen out of the Arsenal squad. The Gunners are open to letting the attacking midfielder leave on loan until the end of the season, when his contract expires. Italian club Juventus have been given the opportunity to sign him on loan till the end of the season, per reports. Arsenal are also willing to cover a part of Ozil’s 350,000 Euros per week salary, to facilitate a move.
Will Emiliano Buendia be a Gunner by the end of the month?
Arsenal Transfer News Latest today suggests that Norwich City attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia is a prime target for Arsenal, per news reports. The Argentine playmaker is said to be an easier option as compared to Dortmund’s Julian Brandt. Sources close to the club have indicated that a deal for Buendia could cost 25 million pounds, which is seen as reasonable, by Arsenal. Reports suggest that the player might also be willing to push for a move, if a formal bid is submitted. However, Norwich’s willingness to sell one of their most important players is still unclear.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke had earlier said that he isn’t worried about media speculation and that Buendia has a long-term contract with the Canaries and is happy at Carrow Road. The Argentine playmaker scored 1 goal and set up 7 for his teammates last season, but his efforts were not enough as Norwich were relegated from the Premier League. Should he join Arsenal, Buendia will be expected to make an immediate impact on Arsenal’s fortunes this season.
William Saliba to leave on loan?
The French defender had joined the Gunners squad prior to this season, after spending the 2019/20 season on loan at AS Saint-Etienne, from whom he joined Arsenal for a fee of 30 million pounds. However, under Arteta, the center-back has failed to break into the first team, and has been playing for the under-21’s on occasion.
Arsenal Transfer News Latest Today’s sources are now reporting that Saliba is set to return to Ligue 1 on loan for the remainder of the season. OGC Nice are thought to have already come to an agreement with Arsenal for a loan deal with no option to buy, and the player is also willing to make the move happen, according to sources. The player might undergo medicals in the coming week.
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