Arsenal is still making moves despite the closure of the summer transfer window in Europe. The Gunners have set their sights on Real Madrid’s Aurélien Tchouaméni and Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi as potential midfield targets, according to Calciomercato. Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his midfield options as he aims for another Premier League title challenge.
While Tchouaméni is reportedly the priority for Arsenal, Zubimendi could offer an alternative option for the North London club. Arsenal has been focused on improving their midfield over the past few months, resulting in the acquisition of Declan Rice during the summer transfer window. However, there could still be further changes in midfield for Arsenal in January, with Jorginho and Thomas Partey heavily linked with moves away from the club.
Tchouaméni, a 21-year-old, has played a significant role for Real Madrid this season, often being deployed as a center-back. However, he may be open to a move away from Los Blancos to switch back to his more familiar position in midfield. On the other hand, Zubimendi is likely to attract interest from other Premier League clubs, with Manchester United also reportedly interested in the 20-year-old.
Interestingly, Arsenal had attempted to strike a deal for Zubimendi during the summer but were unsuccessful in their pursuit. It remains to be seen if they will renew their interest in January.
In other transfer news, Fulham seems to be leading the race for VfB Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy, according to TeamTalk. The 24-year-old has been in exceptional form, scoring goals in just eight appearances in the Bundesliga this season. Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are also reportedly interested in the Frenchman, but Fulham is desperate to find a replacement for Aleksandar Mitrović, who left the club in the summer for Al-Hilal.
RB Leipzig has identified Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Junior Dina Ebimbe as a potential target for January, according to Foot Mercato. The 20-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga since joining Frankfurt permanently from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, scoring five goals and providing three assists in all competitions this season.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is increasingly likely to leave for the Saudi Pro League next year, according to Football Insider. The Egyptian international was heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia last summer, but Liverpool was unwilling to let him go without securing a replacement. It is reported that alongside Salah, there will also be attempts to bring Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to Saudi Arabia next summer.
Despite an uncertain future, Arsenal will not allow goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to depart in January, as per Football Insider. The England international has lost his starting spot to David Raya, who joined Arsenal from Brentford.