With the January transfer window approaching there are already hints that Arsenal would be looking to bring in at least one player in the winter. Arsenal’s need is firmly itched on the signing of a defender to help plug the holes in a leaky defence and the club could still move to sign a defensive midfielder.
However, there are indications that the outlook on Arsenal transfers in January would not be on arrivals, there is a possibility that Lukas Podolski could leave the club in the winter after he again complained at his lack of playing time, and he has hinted at a departure.
Joel Campbell is also in the same boat as the German forward, although the Costa Rican has not been as vocal as Podolski, he is one of those players that could get the chop in January, because he cannot even make the squad.
Czech Captain Tomas Rosicky also spoke about his future, but said a departure from the Emirates is not on the cards, which means he would not leave in January.
While the week that preceded the international break has been a bleak one for Arsenal, the transfer front portends a different picture, with reports that the club is still in pole position to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. The German midfielder is just weeks away from opening negotiations with interested clubs in January, and Arsene Wenger is expected to be in front of the queue to sound out the possibility of the 27 year old swapping The European Champions for the FA Cup holders.
Arsenal is still looking to launch a double swoop for Barcelona pair Pedro and Dani Alves. The former’s contract expires next summer, and he finds himself in the same situation as Khedira, where he too can commence discussion of a move in January. Pedro would cost in the region of £24 million as his playing time in Nou Camp has been limited following Luis Suarez’s arrival in the summer. Although, Barcelona might decide to keep the full complements of its players in January because of a transfer ban placed on the club by FIFA.
Also, Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings is another player that has been linked to the club ahead of the January transfer window. The left back has the physique to play in a central role, reports claims he would cost in the region of £10 million. The 21 year old, who plays in the English Championship, has impressed Arsenal scouts and the club could press the button to activate a move for the player.
Ipswich are currently riding high in the English second tier, whether Mick McCarthy’s side would sanction a move for the young defender remains to be seen.
With several complaints from players about limited playing opportunities this season, Arsenal’s business in the January transfer window could involve a host of departures, besides the expected signings that Arsene Wenger would make, it is expected to be a busy transfer window for Arsenal, the last winter window was quiet, but from the way things have pan out, it is unlikely to follow the same path this time around.