Transfer news, rumours and gossip from the Emirates from the 2023 January transfer window; the window opened on Sunday January 1 2023 and will close at 11pm on Tuesday January 31
With the winter transfer window having opened on January 1, we round up Arsenal’s done deals, plus the players linked with moves in and out of the Emirates.
Arsenal interested in Diaby
Arsenal have made initial contact with Bayer Leverkusen over French winger Moussa Diaby, after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk.
Leverkusen do not want to sell the 23-year-old mid-season, having quoted €100m (£88.5m) to interested clubs in the summer.
Diaby’s contract in Germany runs until the summer of 2025. He has been at Leverkusen since 2019, when he signed from boyhood side Paris Saint-Germain.
Clamour over Gunners’ interest in Rice grows fast
The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph have all reported that Declan Rice is a major summer target for Arsenal, who want to snatch him under the noses of London rivals Chelsea from West Ham.
The 24-year-old is entering the final 18 months of his existing deal at the London Stadium, but would still cost the Gunners in excess of £80m, according to The Times.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Rice remains committed to helping West Ham avoid relegation this season, but they claim he would cost only around £70m to any willing suitors this summer.
The Guardian report the England midfielder is Mikel Arteta’s top target and add that Arsenal are “confident” of beating Chelsea to the signing – which would likely break their transfer record, currently standing at £72m.
The newspaper also claims Rice has been made aware of how he would fit into Arteta’s plans at the Emirates Stadium should he make a move to North London.
Of Arsenal’s existing midfield options, Granit Xhaka is now 30 and Thomas Partey is 29, with all three papers saying the club are looking to increase their squad depth for the long term.
Arsenal keeping an eye on Barcelona’s Raphinha
Arsenal are thought to be keeping an eye on Raphinha’s situation at Barcelona after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.
Mudryk was not the only forward player that Arsenal have been looking at in this window and the club will remain prepared for an opportunity if it arises.
Raphinha is a player that Arsenal were tracking last year. The Gunners made a bid to sign Raphinha last summer when he was at Leeds, prior to the Brazil winger completing a £55m move to Barcelona.
Raphinha said “it’s a dream come true since I was a kid” when he joined Barcelona. But the move has not gone as well as he would have liked, with the winger starting just seven games in LaLiga this season.
Arsenal turn to Pino & Diaby after Mudryk blow
Arsenal are prepared to explore other targets after appearing to miss out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea – but they will not act frantically despite the undeniable need for reinforcements as they look to sustain a genuine Premier League title challenge, according to the Sunday Express. Yeremy Pino of Villarreal and Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby remain two players of intrigue to the Arsenal hierarchy, although other targets are also now expected to fall under consideration in the second half of the January transfer window. However, when questioned on the potential Moussa Diaby move to Arsenal, Bild TV presenter Valentina Maceri told Sky Sports News that the cost oif the transfer would make it “unrealistic”.
Who have Arsenal been linked with?
Dusan Vlahovic – Arsenal have turned their attention to Vlahovic after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk (The Sun, January 17).
Declan Rice – Arsenal have made Rice their top target this summer and are growing in confidence that they can beat Chelsea to the England midfielder’s signature (The Times, January 17).
Raphinha – Barcelona are open to selling Raphinha during the January transfer window, but only if the interested party agrees to pay £100m for his services, according to reports (Daily Mail, January 17); Raphinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona for a Premier League return with Arsenal, according to reports in Spain (Daily Express, January 16); Arsenal could have a second chance to sign Barcelona forward Raphinha after missing out on the Brazil star during the summer transfer window (Daily Express, January 12).
Facundo Torres – Arsenal target Torres has confirmed the Gunners made contact over a transfer as he awaits further talks (Evening Standard, January 17).
Victor Osimhen – Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle are set to battle it out to sign Napoli star Osimhen, according to reports (The Sun, January 17).
Leandro Trossard – Arsenal have been offered Trossard after losing out on long-term target Mykhailo Mudryk – but face competition from north London rivals Tottenham for the Brighton star (Daily Mirror, January 17); Arsenal have reportedly been offered the chance to end Trossard’s unsettled spell at Brighton (The Independent, January 16).
Yeremy Pino & Moussa Diaby – Arsenal have been left licking their wounds with Mykhailo Mudryk now set to join rivals Chelsea, and could return to summer targets Pino and Diaby of Villarreal and Bayer Leverkusen respectively (Sunday Express, January 15).
Yunus Musah – Chelsea, Inter Milan and Arsenal appear set to miss out on a January deal for Valencia midfielder Musah, who is unlikely to leave the Spanish club until the summer at the earliest (Mail on Sunday, January 15).
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Newcastle look set to steal Milinkovic-Savic right from the hands of Arsenal (The Sun, January 14).
Alejandro Balde – Premier League title contenders Arsenal and Newcastle United have enquired about the possibility of landing one of Barcelona’s brightest talents (Daily Mail, January 9).
Ismael Bennacer – AC Milan have handed Arsenal a transfer blow after agreeing a new long-term contract for Bennacer (The Sun, January 8).
Declan Rice – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly given the green light for the Gunners to make a shock bid for Rice in the summer (Daily Mail, January 6).
Hirving Lozano – Arsenal and Newcastle are reportedly monitoring Napoli winger Lozano (The Sun, January 6).
Youri Tielemans – Arsenal have cooled their interest in Tielemans and are not expected to make a move for the Leicester playmaker this month (Daily Mirror, January 5); Premier League leaders Arsenal are in fresh talks over Leicester midfielder Tielemans (The Sun, December 28).
Elye Wahi – Arsenal have reportedly been following the progress of Montpellier striker Wahi (Daily Express, January 2).
Dusan Vlahovic – Arsenal are ready to battle Chelsea to sign striker Vlahovic next month (The Sun on Sunday, January 1).
Alexis Mac Allister – Brighton are confident World Cup winner Mac Allister will still be their player at the end of January, amid interest from Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United (The Athletic, January 2); Arsenal and Tottenham have been dealt a transfer blow as Brighton star Mac Allister prefers a move to Juventus, reports suggest (The Sun, December 30).
Ivan Fresneda – The 17-year-old Real Vallodolid right-back has interest from the England and Germany, and Arsenal are monitoring his situation (Sky Sports News, January 18)
The players linked with an Arsenal exit
Arthur Okonkwo – Sturm Graz are in talks with Arsenal about the possibility of signing goalkeeper Okonkwo on loan (The Athletic, January 14).
Cedric Soares – Fulham are expected to make a formal offer for Arsenal defender Cedric in the coming days (Evening Standard, December 29); Fulham want to sign Arsenal right-back Cedric in the January transfer window (Sky Sports, December 14).
Martin Odegaard – Arsenal could be at risk of losing captain Odegaard following reports that his early season form has caught the eye of Real Madrid (Daily Mirror, January 2).
What are the latest contract talks?
William Saliba – Saliba insists he is “so happy” at Arsenal as contract talks continue behind the scenes of an increasingly convincing Premier League title bid (The Independent, January 17); Arsenal have triggered the defender’s contract extension until June 2024 (Sun, December 31).
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal have triggered a clause in Saka’s contract to keep him at the club until at least 2024, according to reports (The Sun, January 3).
Gabriel Martinelli – Talks between Arsenal and Martinelli about a new contract are in the “final stages”, according to reports (The Sun, December 29); Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract with the Brazil winger that will result in Martinelli becoming one of the club’s top earners (Daily Mail, December 20).
Reiss Nelson – The 23-year-old winger is hoping to sign a new deal to extend his stay at Arsenal (The Sun, December 15).
Confirmed Arsenal signings
Confirmed Arsenal departures
Brooke Norton-Cuffy – Coventry, loan
Miguel Azeez – Wigan, loan