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Arsenal in advanced talks to sign £50million highly-rated defender in January

Arsenal are making moves in signing a defender when the January transfer window opens in a few days time.

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With the January transfer window now just days away Arsenal are stepping up their interest in their top targets with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen his squad next month. The Gunners are going through a mini injury crisis at the back with Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey all currently on the treatment table.

Mikel Arteta is determined to make sure the club don’t make the same mistakes as last season when Arsenal handed Manchester City the advantage in the title race following William Saliba’s injury.

According to the latest reports, Arsenal are leading the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio ahead of the January transfer window.

Mikel Arteta admitted last week that “we are vert short at the back” and that isn’t set to improve with Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu off to play with their countries for the majority of January.

READ MORE: Five potential Arsenal signings and departures ahead of January transfer window.

The Gunners need to be clever in the January transfer market in order to keep in line with FFP, however that shouldn’t prevent the club from doing some much needed business next month. Any signings will likely have to be loan deals with options/obligations to buy – similar to what we saw Arsenal do with David Raya in January.

Arsenal have enquired to Sporting Lisbon regarding the availability of Goncalo Inacaio in January with the Portuguese side willing to let the defender leave, but only if his £52million release clause is met.

According to reports in Portugal, Arsenal are set to win the race to sign Inacio and are better placed to get him than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have also been linked. Inacio has been one of the best defenders in Portugal this season and at only 22-years-old, he’s got many great years ahead of him.

Sporting Lisbon currently sit top of the league table in Portugal and Goncalo Inacio has played a big part in that, as well as his centre back partner Ousmane Diomande who Arsenal have also been linked with.

The Gunners are also interested in 17-year-old Ajax defender, Jorrel Hato ahead of January. Mikel Arteta has a few options he’s currently weighing up who could help Arsenal win their first Premier League title in 20 years come the end of the season.

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