Brighton forward Leandro Trossard will undergo his medical at London Colney on Friday morning ahead of his £27million move to Arsenal, according to reports.
Trossard recently fell out with Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi and was not included in the Italian’s squad against Liverpool last weekend.
The Belgian international then made it clear he wanted a transfer this month with Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea initiating interest.
However, the player only wanted a move to the Emirates after Spurs reportedly lodged an insulting £12million bid, with Daniel Levy obviously smelling a bargain given the forward’s situation at the AMEX.
Fabrizio Romano revealed on Thursday morning that Arsenal were in advanced talks with Brighton over the signing of Trossard.
And hours later Romano said ‘here we go’ with an announcement from the Gunners expected very soon.
Mikel Arteta has been very eager to bolster his attack and had made Mykhaylo Mudryk his top target before he joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Trossard is a very solid addition for a decent price. He has scored seven Premier League goals this season and notched a hat-trick against Liverpool at Anfield in October.
The 24-cap Belgium forward will provide excellent depth across the frontline as he can play on the left, right, or through the middle.
With the Gunners in a superb position to win the Premier League this season, Trossard is a smart signing as he provides depth, Premier League experience and is in his prime years.
On Friday morning, Romano provided another update, saying ‘contracts and documents’ are now being ‘exchanged’.
His medical is set to be completed very soon, the Italian journalist added.
Arteta will be extremely keen for the medical to be completed as soon as possible as Trossard will need to be registered by 12pm if he can play against Manchester United on Sunday.
While Trossard obviously will not start against the Red Devils if registered in time, he would probably be used off the bench.
In Arsenal’s last top-of-the-table clash at the Emirates, the 0-0 draw against Newcastle United, Arteta’s options off the bench were very limited and the only change he made was bringing on defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Arteta has been boosted by the return of Emile Smith Rowe, who can also play in a variety of positions.
It is unclear whether or not the Spaniard will pursue another player before the winter transfer window closes.
There is clearly a lot of money in the bank after a bid worth up to £88million was made to sign Mudryk.
Furthermore, Arsenal made three bids to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz on deadline day last summer, so Arteta clearly feels he needs a bit more depth in the middle of the park.
Midfielder Thomas Partey has struggled to stay fit ever since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2021, but has avoided injury so far this campaign.
The Ghanaian has been spectacular this term and should he get injured, the Gunners might be absolutely f***ed.
The drop-off in quality is alarming, and while Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga are decent players, they do not hold a candle to Partey.
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