Arsenal in talks to sign Premier League striker, Boss announces delight after Arsenal January deal is done and Gunners sent clear Bissouma message
Arsenal get Balogun deal done, Arsenal in talks to sign Watkins and Bissouma message sent in Arsenal roundup…
Darren Bent has urged Arsenal to go out and sign Yves Bissouma this January transfer window
Mikel Arteta has made it clear that he wants to strengthen his midfield options before the end of the January transfer window in order to keep the good start to the new season going.
The Gunners were not tipped to get back into that top four this season, but a good start to the year has meant that they will be one of the favourites to get Champions League football next season, if they add a few more players this month
Arsenal’s lack of options in midfield have been exposed in recent weeks with Granit Xhaka and summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga currently Mikel Arteta’s only senior options, as Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny after both at the African Cup of Nations, along with Bissouma
But once the competition finishes, Bent would relish the chance to see the Brighton man head to north London where he believes he can form a fearsome partnership with Partey: ‘I would like to see Arsenal go and get Yves Bissouma from Brighton,” he said on talkSPORT.
‘I really like him, I think he’s a top, top player. I think he’s gettable as well.
‘Him and Partey in the middle of the park, that is what you call protection in front of the back four by the way.
‘You let the likes of [Emile] Smith Rowe, [Martin] Odegaard bomb forward.
‘If you can Yves Bissouma, I think he can turn into a top player in this league, I really do. I really like him.
‘He’s one of those players that can be box-to-box but if you ask him to sit there, he’s comfortable in possession. Yeah he’s a top player.’
This potential deal is all about money, so if Arsenal are ready to pay £50 million to secure a transfer deal for Bissouma, yes he would be a brilliant signing for the club
Middlesborough coach Chris Wilder has admitted his delight that Florian Balogun has agreed a move from Arsenal
The 20-year-old striker has not featured in the Premier League since August but remains a part of Arsenal’s long-term plans and signed a new contract in April which ties him to the club until 2025.
Balogun was also the subject of interest from Europe, with French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne among the clubs who were monitoring his situation.
But in the end, it was Boro who managed to complete a January deal for the talented young man and Wilder, who previously tried to sign him for his former club Sheffield United, was pleased that the Arsenal man has signed for his current club.
Middlesbrough will complete the loan signing of Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun today. Middlesbrough will pay a loan fee of around £1m, will cover 15% of Balogun’s salary & manager Chris Wilder told the player he will be used as a central striker. [@ChrisWheatley_] #afc pic.twitter.com/9623Mk3cbK
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 11, 2022
“We’re delighted to get Flo in. He’s a player I’ve known about for a long time, and we identified him as someone who could come in and improve us in the second half of the season.
He continued, “He has great movement, good pace, and he’s a natural finisher. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
Balogun underwent a medical on Tuesday ahead of finalsing his move to the Championship side, who will pay a portion of his wages.
Wilder will now hope that his new recruit pushes them into the play-off positions of the Championship. And the Gunners will be hoping that Balogun gets the game time he needs to help with his development.
Reports have claimed that Arsenal are now in talks to bring Ollie Watkins to the Emirates this transfer window.
Centre-forwards Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are into the final six months of their contracts at the Emirates Stadium whilst fellow-frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the club remains in doubt.
That has led to many reports in the media that Arsenal will be in need of adding a striker to the squad over the next few weeks in order to bolster their chances of getting back inside that top four spot.
And According to ESPN, head coach Mikel Arteta is a huge fan of Watkins, with the Spaniard reportedly impressed by the Villa star’s versatility to play across the frontline
The report said: “Arteta and Arsenal’s recruitment team are planning for life without Aubameyang and have a range of options that they are considering.
“Among them is Watkins, who joined Villa for £27.7m from Brentford last summer and has scored 18 league goals in 51 appearances for the club. Sources said Arteta is a fan of Watkins’ playing style and his ability to play in a number of different roles in attack.
“There has been no direct contact between Arsenal and Aston Villa over Watkins, and sources said a switch in January would be highly unlikely, but the 25-year-old will be monitored ahead of a summer move.”
If the reports are true and Arsenal have started to make their move to try and get a transfer deal done for Watkins, it would be a very smart move to make from the Gunners.
However, there has been no indication that Watkins wants to leave Villa, especially as they are looking like a club that are showing alot of ambition.
He would be a great signing for Arsenal, but we cant see this one happening.