Arsenal’s January transfer plans have gained traction as the club sets its sights on Everton midfielder Amadou Onana, a target on the Gunners’ radar amid ongoing transfer speculations.
According to insights from talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook, Everton might be open to selling Onana during the January transfer window. Crook has highlighted Arsenal’s interest in the 22-year-old Belgium international defensive midfielder, suggesting a potential move.
In a recent talkSPORT segment, Crook commented, “And the other player to keep an eye on with Arsenal is Amadou Onana at Everton, who we know Chelsea were looking at previously. And with Everton’s financial predicament, there is a possibility that he could be sold this month.”
Arsenal’s pursuit of Onana isn’t entirely new, as reports indicate the Gunners have been monitoring the player for about a year. With Arsenal’s ambition to reinforce their squad this January, Onana emerges as a viable option to bolster their midfield options.
However, Arsenal faces constraints in adhering to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, suggesting they may need to offload players before securing new signings. The team’s recent injury woes, particularly in defense, have amplified the need for reinforcements.
Defenders Jurrien Timber and Oleksandr Zinchenko are both sidelined due to injuries, leaving Arsenal with limited cover in crucial defensive positions. While Cedric Soares remains an option, his contract situation and Mikel Arteta’s preference have raised questions about his long-term role.
Sporting director Edu is set to oversee Arsenal’s transfer activities in January, emphasising the club’s readiness to act swiftly if required. However, priority remains on fortifying the defensive line, a key area hit hard by recent injuries.
With the Asian Cup beckoning for Takehiro Tomiyasu in January and limited defensive options available, Arsenal faces a pressing need to shore up their backline. The pursuit of Onana from Everton represents a strategic move by the club to address the squad depth during this transfer window.