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Arsenal Target £20m Midfielder & ‘Will Bid’ For Defender In January
According to reports, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is gearing up for a busy January window and is targeting up to three new signings following our latest batch of injuries.
Jack Wilshere is facing up to four months out with another ankle ligament injury while Mikel Arteta is also set to be sidelined for six weeks with a calf strain sustained against Borussia Dortmund last night.
It leaves us extremely short in the middle of the park and the Mirror claim that Arsene will look to bring in reinforcements in January.
A new holding midfielder is believed to be a priority and the newspaper suggests we’ll target a move for £20m-rated Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak.
It’s understood scouts have given the boss rave review after watching the 24-year-old in action several times in recent weeks, but it remains to be seen whether Sevilla will be prepared to cash-in mid-way through the season.
The Mirror also claim Wenger is a huge fan of James McCarthy but Everton will do all they can to keep hold of him and it would take HUGE money to persuade them to sell, so it appears Krychowiak could be the more realistic option.
Arsenal are also going to be in the market for two new defenders after injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy left us badly exposed at the back.
The Mirror believe Arsene will bring in an established player who can push Per Mertesacker for a first team place with immediate effect but will also look to sign a young up-and-coming centre-back for the future.
The key target is understood to be Ipswich Town youngster Tyrone Mings and the paper suggests we will table a formal bid for the 21-year-old this winter but will face stiff competition from Chelsea.
I think it’s clear for all to see we need to bring in at least two new faces in January – an established centre-back and a holding midfielder – so hopefully this report is accurate and Arsene is already planning his moves.
For me, a young defender can wait until the summer but the priority has to be to sign a mobile midfielder and a reliable centre-back who can compete with Kos and Per.