Arsenal transfer news: Five players most likely to sign for the Gunners in January?

first_imgDefensive reinforcements are believed to be the priority for Arsenal right now.Despite the outstanding performances of £35m summer signing Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners have stuttered this season and face a battle on their hands to seal an 18th consecutive season of Champions League football, let alone the title.The source of Arsenal’s indifferent form has been their vulnerability at the back, while the Gunners still lack a quality defensive midfielder in the Patrick Vieira/Gilberto Silva mould.Keeper Wojciech Szczesny has been scrutinised for both his off-field and on-field antics, but a move for Chelsea’s Petr Cech looks unlikely with the Blues unwilling to sell, while reports of a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco appear left-field.Arsene Wenger is also said to be keen on St Etienne’s versatile defender Loic Perrin but has been put off by the 29-year-old Frenchman’s £8m price-tag.Click the arrow on the right to see the players in line for a move to North London and let us know who you would like to see arrive at the Emirates by leaving a comment below… 5. Morgan Schneiderlin: Saints midfielder to finally fill Vieira’s boots? Click the arrow to see other potential arrivals – The Frenchman is strongly linked with a £15m move to North London despite Southampton’s insistence the midfielder is going nowhere. Schneiderlin was refused a move to Tottenham and a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino in the summer and Wenger is said to be keen to beat Spurs to his countryman’s signature. Schneiderlin has previously said he is willing to see out the season at St Mary’s but the advances of Arsenal could prove too much and he would provide the necessary quality and stability the Gunners have craved for in defensive midfield. 5 5 3. Fabian Schar: Basel defender ready to tackle the Premier League? – The Swiss international has established himself as a very good defender in Europe and has plenty of experience with Basel in the Europa and Champions League, and the World Cup where he came up against the likes of Lionel Messi. He’s quick and aggressive in his defending and has the potential to become an elite level defender. Schar’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and a reduced fee in the region of £8m could be enough to bring the Swiss to the Emirates. 1. Krystian Bielik: Another young gem for Wenger to nurture? – The Polish teenager has been very close to a move to the Gunners’. Bielik, 17, visited Arsenal’s training ground last month but Wenger will have to increase his offer from £1.6m to £2.5m to fight off interest from German side Hamburg. “Krystian is in Hamburg [on trial],” Legia president Boguslaw Lesnodorski told Polish daily Przeglad Sportowy. “For [Hamburg] money does not matter, but let’s see how things become after final talks with Arsenal.” Bielik made his Legia debut earlier this season and has already made seven appearances despite only recently turning 17. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder and is an imposing figure standing 6ft 2in. 5 4. Tyrone Mings: Ipswich youngster to make the jump to the Premier League? – The English defender has emerged as a surprise £8m target for the Gunners with Wenger confirming interest in the 21-year-old. Mings has impressed Arsenal’s scouts and can play at left-back and centre-half. The Gunners defence has been their Achilles’ heel this season, while the Englishman has been an ever present for the Tractor Boys, who are pushing for promotion. Arsenal need established quality at the back, and while Mings lacks the experience of Reid and Schar, Wenger has always been an advocate of youth and it would be no surprise to see him line-up at the Emirates. 2. Winston Reid: Hammers defender to move to North London? – West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted this week that the New Zealander has “no future” at Upton Park and expects him to leave when his contract expires in the summer. But Arsene Wenger is thought to be a fan of the centre-half and could lure the 26-year-old to the Emirates for as little as £3m. Reid is not world class, but he’ll improve the Gunners’ options at the back and brings with him Premier League experience which is paramount, as the £30m signing of Eliquim Mangala has shown. 5 5last_img read more