Over the past five days, the January transfer window has sparked a whirlwind of speculation, weaving connections between clubs and players. Arsenal, eyeing a push for the title after last season’s loss to Manchester City due to a lack of depth, are keen on bolstering their squad this month.
Rumours are swirling, with the Gunners reportedly eyeing former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori. Sources suggest that Arsenal have expressed interest in securing the AC Milan center back during this transfer window to fortify their lineup.
Mikel Arteta reportedly sees Tomori as a positive addition to his defensive line in 2024.
Arsenal’s interest in Tomori surfaces following rumours of Jakub Kiwior’s potential exit. The Polish defender, previously with Spezia, has seen limited action since joining Arsenal from Serie A and has been linked with a return to Italy for several months.
Despite being under contract with AC Milan until 2027 and his important role in their team, the 26-year-old Englishman remains a target for Arsenal. However, Milan is in no rush to part ways with him, given his significance to their squad. While Bayern Munich has also shown interest, Milan seems reluctant to sell Tomori.
One edge Arsenal might hold over Bayern is Tomori’s affinity for the Gunners, stemming from his childhood admiration for Thierry Henry. In an interview in 2023, Tomori expressed how Henry was his idol, emulating the French legend’s celebrations after scoring in his Sunday league matches.
“Thierry Henry was my idol when I was playing for my Sunday league team,” Fikayo Tomori admitted. “I always used to have gloves on, and pull my socks over my knees.
“If he scored a goal on Saturday, I would make sure to repeat the celebration if I scored on Sunday.
“There was one time when he curled it in the corner and just jogged away casually. So, I remember when I scored a goal, I did the exact same thing.”