Kia Joorabchian's Transfer Targets: January 2020

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by American_Gooner, Dec 17, 2019.


Which area of the pitch is the biggest priority to improve in January?

Poll closed Jan 30, 2020.
  1. Full-back

  2. Centre-back

  3. Central Midfield

  4. Attack

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  1. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Footmercato not reliable
  2. 1CK1S

    1CK1S Active Member

  3. Aussie_gunner123

    Aussie_gunner123 Well-Known Member

    If we went in for a CM during the transfer window which we certainly do imo, one of our main positions aswell as CB which also needs strengthening, my first choice would certainly be Wilfred Ndidi. We need a proper DM & Ndidi suits that role perfectly. Slot him right in front of our defence & you could almost have a back 5 while still technically playing a back 4.
  4. zilfy

    zilfy Well-Known Member

    Ndidi would be great but why would he leave a high flying leicester side half way through the season?

    What about Doucure? Not as good but surely he doesn't wanna hang round a bottom placed Watford?
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  5. MikeVinna

    MikeVinna Well-Known Member

    It’s laughable how our fans think we can just snatch Ndidi or Partey away from their clubs.
  6. Goonger

    Goonger Well-Known Member

    Was thinking the same...certainly in the case of Ndidi. Leicester have shown they will sell players if need be, but its always on their terms. You won't get them mid-season, and your probably talking a Harry Maguire type fee to get him in the summer.

    Think the Ndidi boat has sailed, certainly in the next 18 months or so, given how much work we need throughout the squad
  7. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    He has a great tackle, but does he ever stay on his feet? High risk in the PL. And is he any good on the ball? I do agree with your notion though and curious about this guy
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  8. field442

    field442 Hates Journalists Named James Trusted

  9. Chancellor

    Chancellor Active Member

    A quick summary from Reddit:

    * Although happy with their attacking options, *The Athletic* understands Arsenal are looking to strengthen in both defence and midfield.

    * The arrival of Mikel Arteta could help swing the decision as he’ll doubtless have his own requirements — although Arsenal are keen to point out they’re developing a long-term recruitment strategy that is not dependent on a head coach. Even when Freddie Ljungberg was at the helm as interim head coach, the club were already drawing up a list of targets.

    * It’s also worth noting that this will be the first transfer window in which technical director Edu will play a full part. The Brazilian has kept a low profile since arriving in London but has been revamping Arsenal’s recruitment department behind the scenes. There’s not only been a streamlining of personnel but a thorough evaluation of everything from digital software to scout deployment. Arsenal were keen to ensure that Edu could not be fully credited (or indeed blamed) for Arsenal’s summer but he is expected to be more prominent over the next month or so.

    * For some weeks now, Arsenal have deemed central midfield to be an area in need of urgent attention, and Arteta is expected to concur with that assessment.

    * Granit Xhaka may have damaged his relationship with the fans irreparably, even if he has sneaked back into the starting XI. Lucas Torreira is the subject of interest from Italy, and is unsettled in England. As for Dani Ceballos, he has not produced sufficiently to suggest Arsenal should be attempting to negotiate a permanent deal with Real Madrid.

    * Given the budgetary restrictions they are operating under, it may be a case of ‘one in, one out’ in the Arsenal midfield. Xhaka is the most likely to depart, with reports suggesting he may well return to the Bundesliga.

    * Near the top of Arsenal’s shopping list is a new centre-half, although again the club are unlikely to add another without at least one — most likely Shkodran Mustafi — moving on. Arsenal bought two centre-backs in the summer window but neither has been of particular use to them this season. William Saliba was immediately loaned back to AS Saint-Etienne while David Luiz has been as bad as Arsenal fans might have feared. Even setting aside his slack marking, the Brazilian’s preference to drop deep has caused Arsenal a host of tactical problems.

    * Saliba is already registered as an Arsenal player, although the deal with Saint-Etienne does not contain provision for him to be recalled partway through the season. Arsenal might point to the Frenchman’s forthcoming arrival as a reason to avoid doing business but the truth is there is no outstanding candidate to be his partner. Saliba is predominantly a right-sided defender — he has even occasionally filled in at right-back for Saint-Etienne. To complement him, Arsenal need a left-sided centre-half.

    * How much has the decision to allow Nacho Monreal to leave hurt Arsenal? Laurent Koscielny’s departure made more headlines, while Monreal’s was somewhat lost amid the euphoria of late swoops for Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe. However, he would have provided a reliable option at centre-back, as well as offering cover at full-back — potentially required now that Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are both out of action. It’s worth mentioning that amid persistent concerns over the regular availability of Hector Bellerin, identifying cover in both full-back positions is on Arsenal’s agenda.

    * In the summer, Arsenal held preliminary talks over a move for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano. Although right-footed, the France international generally plays on the left side of the central defence. He has played alongside Saliba at under-21 level, and fits the right kind of age profile for a club still looking to rejuvenate their squad.

    * There are major complications to any such deal. Upamecano may be unwilling to leave Leipzig midway through their Champions League campaign. Furthermore, in the summer, English clubs were quoted as much as €100 million. Given Arsenal’s significant summer expenditure, reaching that figure in January simply isn’t realistic.

    * That probably rules out the Premier League players who fit the profile. Chelsea have the option of exercising a £40 million buy-back clause for Nathan Ake, while an even greater sum would likely be required to prise Tyrone Mings (scouted extensively by Arsenal during his time at Ipswich) away from Aston Villa.

    * More left-field targets may emerge. Arsenal are believed to be one of several English clubs monitoring the progress of 21-year-old Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes. The 6ft 3ins left-footed Brazilian was recently called up to the country’s under-23 squad alongside Gabriel Martinelli, with a view to competing in next summer’s Olympics. Arsenal have a relationship with Lille, having brokered the Nicolas Pepe deal in the summer. Unfortunately, Gabriel’s potential involvement in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Colombia would mean him missing five Arsenal games. It may rule him out of contention.

    * Fans are doubtless wondering whether Arsenal might fund any January signings by selling off one of their star strikers. Although rumours are already swirling about the futures of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, it would take a very attractive offer for Arsenal to consider letting either of their two principal goalscorers leave. It is however a situation that will be revisited in the summer, when Aubameyang will have just 12 months to run on his contract.

    * As well as looking to improve their immediate prospects with signings, Arsenal will also have an eye on the future. They made a failed bid for 21-year-old German goalkeeper Markus Schubert in the summer, and could still be in the market for a player who fits that profile.
  10. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    As expected cb and mid. Would be happy if we got 2 players in this position
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  11. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Gabriel megalheas never heard of him. We targeting young cb not already good one?
  12. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Comes On Here To Get Fat Shamed Trusted

    My worry is not getting a top target though, January can be full of duds.
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  13. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Yes that could be problem maybe we'll go sign 2 young players
  14. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Right Sometimes

    Let's hope Edu finds a hidden gem in the Martinelli talent bracket for CM or CB.

    There are surely several gems in brazil there for the taking.
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  15. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Comes On Here To Get Fat Shamed Trusted

    We'll certainly be looking at loans imo, especially if we can't offload anyone.
  16. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    Loans with options to buy or low price short term fixed wouldn't be bad ideas. Fitting that profile would be Emre Can, Rabiot or Matuidi from Juventus; Rakatic or Vidal from Barcelona or Ceballos or Isco from Madrid.

    We definitely need some quality in our midfield and with Arteta at the helm, surely there's no way that he continues to neglect the area.
  17. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    What could be most likely are players who aren’t high profile, but are young and fit it in with what Arteta is trying to do.

    There could be a 20-24 year old midfielder or defender in some mid table team that is about to blow up, who we’ll be able to pick up without breaking the bank.
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  18. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Soumare is really been mention alot to be future good midfield he is 20 years play at lille. Demrial from juve is also very good if we can get him even on loan until summer would be excellent
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  19. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Kulusevski would be top signing the guy look so great at Parma this season
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  20. Sydney-Gooner

    Sydney-Gooner Well-Known Member

    Magalhães looks promising but I would prefer Zagadou or Upamecano to partner Saliba as the left sided centre half. Both younger and more established.

    If we're scouting Lille players I hope their right back Zeki Celik is on our radar. Bellerin is a crock and Celik would bring the best out of Pepe.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2019
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