Arsenal are expected to be very busy over the next month as Mikel Arteta looks to improve his squad ahead of a big second half of the season to come. The Gunners are still in the title race, as well as the Champions League knockout stages despite only winning one of their last five games.
To abide by FFP, Arsenal will likely have to sell a first-team player first before bringing anyone in. The club spent over £200million in the summer on four new signings, but that hasn’t stopped Mikel Arteta wanting to improve his squad again in January.
Many Arsenal players are attracting interest this month, with one being Hale End star Reiss Nelson. The 23-year-old winger is yet to start a Premier League game, while only making three starts in all competitions so far this season.
A few Premier League clubs are said to be looking at Reiss Nelson in January, with West Ham currently leading the race to sign the Arsenal academy graduate. The Hammers have approached the Gunners enquiring about the availability of the 23-year-old this month.
West Ham aren’t the only club interested in signing Nelson, with the likes of Fulham, Wolves, Crystal Palace and Sevilla also keeping a close eye on the player.
With the lack of minutes Nelson has got so far this season, it’s expected Mikel Arteta will be willing to let the player leave, but only if the club’s valuation is met. We understand Arsenal value the winger at around £25m-£30m.
The good news for Arsenal is any transfer fee paid for Reiss Nelson is recorded as pure profit against FFP due to the player coming through the club’s academy. This would more than likely allow the club to make a big signing this month, which Mikel Arteta is desperate to do.
The Arsenal manager is aiming to win the club their first league title in 20 years, but to do that he feels he needs a couple of signings in during the winter window to help give the team they boost they need.
Signing a defender remains the priority, however a new attacker has also not been ruled out, depending on sales the club can get done this month and letting go of Reiss Nelson would go a long way to making that happen.