Despite the failure to secure Mykhailo Mudryk’s signature, Arsenal are still very much in the market for a winger this month and here are five other options they could turn to…
5. Kaoru Mitoma – Brighton
The Japanese breakthrough star surprised everyone this season with his performances at high-flying Brighton, especially after the World Cup. Although he wasn’t in the team at the beginning of the season, his determination and skilful dribbling has made him an important player in the way De Zerbi’s Brighton play. At 25-years-old his price could be around £30m which could be a very good deal for Arsenal if they want to turn to Mitoma this month.
4. Leandro Trossard – Brighton
Another Brighton player! Leandro Trossard is looking to leave Brighton this January and could be available for as low as £20m since his contract is expiring in the summer. The Belgium international has been training away from the first-team and wasn’t in the squad for the last three Brighton games after Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi said that he doesn’t like Trossard’s attitude and that a transfer is the best solution for both parties.
3. Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
It seems like every transfer window we are linked to Zaha, but is this finally the window where Arsenal sign him? Zaha is entering the final six months of his contract and could be available for a lower fee than usual. He is a boyhood Arsenal supporter and has already stated in the past he wouldn’t hesitate to join The Gunners if they were to put in an offer.
2. Raphinha – Barcelona
Another Raphinha saga? The Brazilian joined Barcelona at the start of this season but the player hasn’t lived up to the high expectations that were set on him. Reports are coming out that he is open to a transfer and Arsenal’s sporting director Edu has already reached out to his agent Deco about a potential move to North London. Raphinha already has Premier League experience & could be what Arsenal need to secure their first Premier League title since 2004.
1. Rafael Leao – AC Milan
Probably the biggest statement signing Arsenal could make. The Portuguese superstar is on fire scoring 8 and assisting 5 times in 17 Serie A games this season. He already said in an interview that he likes the way The Gunners are playing and he would definitely be a welcomed addition to Mikel Arteta’s attacking options. The one thing that is for sure is that he won’t come cheap.
The negotiations involving Mudryk show Arsenal have money to spend. The question is, can they get the right deal done this month to benefit the team in the short-term as well as sticking to the long-term plan?