Arsenal’s latest 2-0 win over rivals Tottenham in the north London derby saw them go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
With Manchester City and Manchester United in hot pursuit, Arsenal fans are keen for the club to strengthen in the January window to ensure their title charge remains on course in the second half of the campaign.
A positive January transfer window is necessary to maintain that form, with a number of holes to fill, thanks to injuries and squad deficiencies.
Mikel Arteta knows every penny counts, as the Gunners push for their first Premier League title in years, up against a dominant City side.
The Sporting News brings you a full rundown of the latest Arsenal rumours and deals for the January 2023 transfer window.
Arsenal completed January transfers
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Latest Arsenal transfer news
Arsenal’s transfer rumours in January are fueled by an injury to striker Gabriel Jesus, who suffered a knee issue at the World Cup.
With Jesus expected to be out for up to three months (until March), Arteta needs to find other options to keep Arsenal in front in the Premier League title race.
Along with the latest news on Raphinha, and Ferran Torres, there are a few other rumours to keep an eye on.
- The Gunners have made West Ham’s Declan Rice their ‘top target’ for the summer and are growing in confidence they can beat Chelsea to his signature (The Times)
- Arsenal want out-of-contract Barcelona teenager Alejandro Balde (Football Espana)
- Arsenal have cooled their interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans (football.london)
- 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.
North London Diaby?
Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby has emerged as another alternative to Mykhaylo Mudryk as Mikel Arteta’s hunt for a wide attacker continues.
Sky Sports reported the Gunners have made contact with the Bundesliga club over the 23-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain youngster.
Leverkusen would seemingly be reluctant to sell mid-season, having quoted an asking price of £88.5 million during the close season for Diaby, who is under contract until 2025. That places him very much in the Mudryk price bracket.
Arsenal chief Edu makes contact with Barcelona
Reports in Spain first linked former City star Ferran Torres to Arsenal in early December, and the rumour has gained further steam since then.
Torres, a member of the Spain squad at the 2022 World Cup, has struggled for time at Barcelona. He began as a starter earlier this season, but failed to impress, and dropped to the bench behind Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, and Ansu Fati.
On January 16, 90min.com claimed Arsenal chief Edu had reached out to Barcelona over the possibility of signing Torres or Raphina.
Chelsea snatches Mykhaylo Mudryk from Arsenal
Arsenal have been linked to young Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk for months, and this January was thought to be when the Gunners pounce. The 22-year-old has seven goals and seven assists in 12 Ukrainian top-flight matches for Shakhtar Donetsk, plus another three goals and two assists in six Champions League games.
According to The Daily Mail, Shakhtar had rejected two bids from Arsenal for Mudryk, and The Telegraph claimed Arsenal aren’t interested in getting into a bidding war with their London rivals for Mudryk.
That all came to a head when Chelsea pounced, signing Mudryk for an incredible €100 million fee, with €70 million of that guaranteed. The Blues were willing to pay the additional fee, while Arsenal seemingly would not go the extra mile.
Join us in welcoming our new number 15, Mykhailo Mudryk! 👏 pic.twitter.com/QiNPzWPNFY
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2023
Former target Raphinha ‘available’
Raphinha was linked to Arsenal and Chelsea last summer after he top-scored for Leeds with 11 goals to help the Whites escape Premier League relegation.
Barcelona spent £55m ($66.7m) on the Brazilian in July, where he has been directly involved in five goals in 20 appearances, in the top flight and Champions League.
However, El Chiringuito has reported he is available, as Barca tries to improve their financial position in pursuit of more signings.
With Raphinha struggling to find the form he reached with Leeds, and Barca 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.
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.
The Spanish giants are negotiating with Balde on a new deal until 2027, with a termination clause of €500m (around $536m / £430.5m), according to Sport, which says the uncertainty on whether a deal is feasible will boost Arsenal and Newcastle United.
The outlet says both clubs have made enquiries about signing Balde, and claims his agent Jorge Mendes, has repeatedly told Barca his client would be a “safe source of income” if they need to raise money.
The report says that Barcelona want to resolve the situation by the end of January.
Premier League TV channels, live streams
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USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.