Arsenal surprised many with a serious Premier League title challenge, sitting atop the table by the time the 2022 World Cup break rolled around.
The Gunners now hope to prove themselves worthy contenders with a second-half push, knowing Manchester City are right on their heels.
A positive January transfer window could be necessary to maintain that form, with a number of holes to fill thanks to injuries and squad deficiencies.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will know every penny counts as the Gunners make a push for their first Premier League title in years and while a FA Cup match against Oxford United is on the horizon, that won’t stop the club pressing ahead with transfer business.
The Sporting News brings you a full rundown of the latest Arsenal rumours and deals for the January transfer window in 2023.
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Arsenal’s transfer rumours this January have largely been fueled by an injury to striker Gabriel Jesus, who came up with a knee issue at the World Cup that required surgery.
There’s a belief that Jesus could be out for up to three months (until March), requiring the Gunners to find other options to keep themselves atop the Premier League.
Along with the biggest Arsenal news around Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Ferran Torres, there are also a few other rumours to keep an eye on.
- Arsenal want out-of-contract Barcelona teenager Alejandro Balde (Football Espana)
- Arsenal have cooled their interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans (football.london)
- Arsenal are prepared to sign Declan Rice from West Ham (Fichajes)
- The Gunners are tracking Montpellier striker Elye Wahi (Foot Mercato)
- Arsenal have been linked with interest in Alexis Mac Allister after his starring World Cup performances, but reports state that he’s “not a priority” for the Gunners.
Arsenal see second Mykhailo Mudryk bid rejected
Arsenal have been linked to young Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk for months, and this January could be when the Gunners pounce. The 22-year-old has seven goals and six assists in 12 Ukrainian top-flight matches for Shakhtar Donetsk, plus another three goals and two assists in six Champions League games.
The Ukrainian league breaks through January, so it affords Arsenal a chance to make a move. The Shakhtar Donetsk sporting director Carlo Nicolini stated in late December that Arsenal are indeed interested, but he said they have competition from other parties.
The initial reports had Shakhtar hoping to hold out for around €100 million, but lately that number has cooled after Mudryk posted a cryptic Instagram message stating he believes he’s worth more like half that value, possibly hoping to force a move.
The Sun claim Arsenal have improved their Mykhailo Mudryk bid for a second time with a £62m offer on the table and are now confident they’re close and he wants the move to north London.
However, according to The Daily Mail, Shakhtar have rejected the Gunners’ second offer for Mudryk as they are determined to hold out for their desired fee. That has apparently encouraged Chelsea to try to sign the player. The Telegraph claim Arsenal aren’t interested in getting into a bidding war with their London rivals for Mudryk.
Speaking before Arsenal’s FA Cup tie at Oxford United, Arteta said: “Valuations have to be made between the selling club and the buying club. It is difficult but it shows there are a lot of clubs with a lot of financial power to spend big amounts. We have to compete with them.
“To be smart, we have to see good opportunities and we have to be attractive for players. At the end of the day, players decide where they want to play – and if they want to play for our club, that is great.”
Former target Raphinha ‘available’
Raphinha was linked to Arsenal and Chelsea during a 2021-22 season when the winger top-scored for Leeds with 11 goals to help the Whites narrowly escape Premier League relegation.
Barcelona spent £55m ($66.7m) on the Brazil international in July to take him to La Liga, where he has been directly involved in five goals in 20 appearances in the top flight and Champions League.
The 26-year-old has only been used for more than 33 minutes in one of Barca’s past seven league games, and El Chiringuito has now reported that he has been made available as the club tries to improve its financial position in pursuit of making more signings.
With Raphinha struggling to find the form he reached with Leeds and Barca said to be keen to sell, Arsenal would be likely to succeed with a lower bid than the Spanish side’s final offer for him less than six months ago.
Miguel Azeez joins Wigan Athletic
Former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has made Gunners midfielder Miguel Azeez one of his first loan signings as the new Wigan manager looks to arrest an alarming slump that has left the Latics bottom of the Championship table.
Azeez, who has not played for Arsenal for more than two years and has had loan spells at Portsmouth and CD Ibiza, has voiced his excitement at moving to the Lancashire club for the rest of the 2022-23 season.
Wigan are without a win since Toure was appointed at the end of November and have their past four league games, finding themselves on the end of 4-1 thrashings in each of their three most recent Championship fixtures.
Gunners and Magpies could bid for Alejandro Balde
Barcelona’s prospects of extending breakthrough star Alejandro Balde’s contract beyond 2024 are in doubt because of budgetary restrictions placed on Spanish clubs that could make his registration impossible.
The Spanish giants had been negotiating with Balde on a new contract until 2027 with a termination clause of 500 million euros (around $536m / £430.5m), according to Sport, which says that the uncertainty over whether any deal is feasible will boost Arsenal and Newcastle United.
The outlet says that the clubs have already made enquiries about signing Balde and claims that Jorge Mendes, the left-back’s agent, has repeatedly told Barca that his client would be a “safe source of income” if they need to raise money.
Balde has played in all but two of Barca’s Liga matches this season, as well as featuring in their unsuccessful Champions League group stage campaign and making his debut for Spain at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, having received a late call-up because Jose Gaya was injured.
The report says that Barcelona want to resolve the situation by the end of January.
Atletico Madrid chief drops Joao Felix hint
Arsenal are one of two major players in for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix, according to a host of reports in England.
The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Spanish side, and reports of a chilly relationship with coach Diego Simeone has made his future at the club uncertain. He’s often been asked about playing as a forward in Simeone’s defensive system, and with just one start in the club’s last 10 league games, he could be looking for a new challenge.
It wasn’t long ago that Atletico Madrid spent €127 million on Felix as a teenager, and it will likely require something of at least €100 million to pry Felix away permanently. Instead, Arsenal could look for a six-month loan move, according to reports by The Mirror and Metro. Latest claims from The Athletic state Atletico are believed to be seeking a €21million (£18.6m; $22.5m) package, comprising a €15m loan fee plus €6m gross salary. On Sunday, January 8, president Enrique Cerezo said: “In life there’s nothing impossible but it’s normal for Joao Felix to stay at Atlético Madrid.”
UPDATE (January 11): Chelsea have confirmed that they have signed the striker on loan for the rest of the 2022-23 season.
Barcelona fire sale could see Premier League return for Ferran Torres
Reports in Spain first connected former Man City forward Ferran Torres to Arsenal back in early December, and the rumour has only gained further steam since then.
Torres, a member of the Spain squad for the World Cup this past month, has struggled for time at Barcelona. He began as a starter early in the season but failed to impress and dropped to the bench behind the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, and Ansu Fati.
Just days before the January transfer window, English journalist Dean Jones said to GiveMeSport that Arsenal “really like” Torres, and believe he could be had this winter should Barcelona look to raise funds for other moves.
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