Arsenal ‘not finished’ and ‘will be busy’ in January with club ‘optimistic’ about three deals

Arsenal-linked Mudryk Credit: Alamy
Arsenal-linked Mudryk Credit: Alamy

Fabrizio Romano has hinted that Arsenal “will be busy in the next weeks and months” as they plan to “keep fighting in the Premier League”.

The 2021/22 campaign ended in disappointment for Arsenal as they missed out on the top four.

But a positive summer transfer window set them up for a brilliant start to this season. Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira have all made a positive impact since joining the club for significant fees.

Arsenal have won 11 of their first 13 games in the Premier League this term and this form places them at the top of the table.

Much is left to do though as Arsenal were unable to sign a centre-midfielder and winger in the summer.

Romano has highlighted that the Gunners failed to sign Douglas Luiz. The Aston Villa man was pursued on deadline day but he has since signed a new contract.

The transfer guru has also recalled that Raphinha was their “dream” signing but the player’s desire was to join FC Barcelona.

Mykhaylo Mudryk meanwhile was considered “too expensive” but his value continues to increase amid his great form for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Romano recently suggested that Arsenal must ‘move fast’ if they are going to sign Mudryk and he is now worth ‘over €65m’.

But he has now added that the club’s “priority” is to tie Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba down to new deals.

All three players are out of contract in 2024 but the Gunners are ‘optimistic’ that they want to stay.

“I always felt it could be an important season for Arsenal, even if they are performing beyond expectations,” Romano wrote for Caught Offside.

“They have built something really good, the atmosphere inside the dressing room is fantastic.

“I’m told they are not finished – they want to keep building, and to keep fighting for the Premier League. They wanted a midfielder in the summer, though a deal for Douglas Luiz was not possible.

“They also wanted a winger, Raphinha was the dream, but it was not possible. They also had positive talks over Mykhaylo Mudryk but he was too expensive, and even more now. Still, Arsenal will be busy in the next weeks and months.

“I can also reveal that, during the summer, Gabriel Magalhaes was wanted by Juventus and another club, who I can’t reveal for now.

“Arsenal were absolutely adamant that he was untouchable, and their position never changed.

“They then gave him a new contract, and the priority now will be to go strong on new contract talks for William Saliba, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. They are optimistic, they feel these players want to stay.”

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