The January winter transfer window is getting into full swing, and while there are transfer rumours flying around all over the place I decided to put together this piece of five players who look odds-on to sign for Arsenal this winter. Please note that this is my opinion, doesn’t necessarily mean any of these player will join Arsenal.
Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko and have earmarked him as the answer to their problems in defensive midfield, according to French publication L’Equipe.
The Gunners are in the market for a midfielder to cover for Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, with both their contracts set to expire soon and both regarded not good enough. Sissoko, whose contract expires in 2019, is expected to be available for a fee in the range of €20m, a decent investment for a player with Premier League experience. With Arsenal still in the Champions League, it will be a lucrative proposition for Sissoko, who has been among Magpies’ best players this season.
With the departure of Alan Pardew and the uncertainty surrounding the club, an Arsenal interest in the midfielder may force the player to consider his long term future. Moussa Sissoko, the Newcastle United midfielder, has admitted he “loves” Arsenal and that he one day hopes to play in the Champions League.
The breakdown in Winston Reid’s contract negotiations with West Ham United could force him towards the Upton Park exit. Should that prove to be the case, Arsenal should welcome him with open arms. It’s clear the Hammers are frustrated at the constant stalling from Reid’s side. His contract expires in less than six months. Under football regulations, he is free to negotiate with clubs from abroad. However, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has suggested that an illegal approach from a domestic club may already have taken place.
While Reid will be available on a free this summer, there are suggestions Arsenal could make a move to recruit him before January is out. His precarious contract situation suggests the Gunners could snare him for a knockdown fee of around £3 million – everyone knows Wenger likes his players cheap. Crucially, he also arrives with plenty of Premier League experience. Arsenal need someone who can slot in straight away. If Reid’s relationship with West Ham turns sour, Arsenal should jump any queue to take him off their hands.
Arsenal are clear to sign Edinson Cavani after Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc lost patience with the striker and told him to pack his bags, reports the Express. The Uruguayan is often played out of position at the Parc des Princes with Blanc favouring Zlatan Ibrahimovic instead. The pair publicly reconciled at the start of the season but things have reportedly taken a turn for the worse, paving the way for a £60m move to Arsenal in January.
Arsenal are willing to open the bidding for Everton midfielder James McCarthy at £16m. The Republic of Ireland international has been pinpointed by Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff as a player who is ready made for their team and who will provide the defensive discipline they are lacking.
The 24-year old had an excellent first season at Everton following his £13m move from Wigan Athletic, quickly becoming a key player in the sides’ successful first year under Roberto Martinez. That success has seen his value soar, with reports claiming Everton will ask for as much as £25m for their star player.
Arsenal are reportedly favourites to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech at the end of the season with the Blues ready to let him move to the Emirates. Cech, who has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea, has emerged as a key target for Arsenal with doubts growing over the future of Wojciech Szczesny. And while Chelsea claims he will not make a move away from the club this month, the Independent says Cech is set to move to the Gunners in the coming weeks. They say Chelsea won’t stand in the way of the move, and Arsenal are keen to wrap up the switch soon. Cech is valued at about £7m in excess and add ons.