The January transfer window is not far away and I’m already planning my vantage point from the sofa, anticipating the surprises and extravagances that are part and parcel of the winter madness.
Arsenal are rumoured to be on the hunt for a replacement for Danny Welbeck and for me, Wilfred Zaha is the obvious choice.
According to recent media whispers, Nicolas Pépé is the preferred option and there have also been suggestions that Miguel Almirón has already agreed a move for around £11 Million.
The press have also been looking at central defence shortlisting the likes of Daniele Rugani, Andreas Christensen and Eric Bailly and although I’m not saying two out of three fancied names aren’t under consideration, Mislintat has been tasked with unearthing talent such as Lucas Torreira. So the brief is likely to be buy young and ambitious and as a result, this may include the likes of
Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) Malang Sarr (Nice) Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) Sander Berge (Genk) Dávid Hancko (Fiorentina) or Mario Hermaso (Espanyol)
If you think of Torreira, Arsenal were in negotiations with his representatives during the World Cup and hardly anyone was really sure if the deal was on or off, this may be the same with any central defenders that Mislintat and Emery are looking to lan
With only a reported £35 and £40 Million available, Arsenal are not exactly going to prize established defenders from their clubs, although stranger things have happened.
There may be a few players that will soon be out of contract and procuring those players will be a more logical solution. With the astronomical figures involved it’s more likely that swaps, loans and free’s will become the norm.
Apart from Aaron Ramsey’s impending departure to Bayern Munich, Elneny will surely be palmed off in January as Emery begins to clear out the driftwood from within the club.
The defence is slightly overstocked these days with Mustafi, Holding,Koscielny, Sokratis, Holding, Mavropanos, Jenkinson, Chambers(On loan at Fulham) Kolasinac, Monreal and Bellerin.
Monreal will more than likely move in the summer, perhaps Bellerin also, as the refurbishment continues with Junior Firpo, Emerson and Kieran Tierney all on the gunners radar.
One suspects much will depend on the funds available from sales as much as anything with Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, already admitting he isn’t a fan of the winter transfer window unless there are injuries.
Emery and Mislintat may have to be very persuasive to get Arsenal to look beyond a single transfer.