Mikel Arteta will be allowed to spend £50 million on new players in January, but none of those will replace the injured Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal.
According to Football Insider, Arsenal will try to sign at least two new players in January. Mikel Arteta has a £50 million budget and wants reinforcements in certain positions, but the Gunners are unlikely to sign a replacement for Gabriel Jesus.
The Premier League resumes later this month when the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar concludes. And the focus will redirect toward Arsenal and their impending title charge alongside Manchester City.
Much of the talk in recent days has been about Arsenal and the latest evolving situation with one of their star names, Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian striker suffered a knee injury in the Selecao’s shock loss to Cameroon in the final group game. The striker seemingly struggled for 64 minutes on the pitch before being substituted.
However, it appears Jesus suffered a knock much earlier in the game and continued playing despite the risk. As things stand, the Brazilian international will no longer play in Qatar and remain sidelined for around three months.
As soon as the news broke, many old links to strikers resurfaced, but Mikel Arteta is unlikely to bring in a replacement for the Brazilian. The plan might be to continue with existing options, which is only Eddie Nketiah.
Arteta has spoken earlier about the likelihood of Emile Smith Rowe playing the false-nine role. He may well try and experiment with that during this period without Jesus. Arsenal may wait to sign a replacement but will try to bring other essential stars during the January window.
A new wide forward alongside a central midfielder is what Arteta wants to bring to his squad in January. Arteta will reportedly have £50 million to spend during the window, but the money will not go towards a replacement for Jesus.
Mykhaylo Mudryk is their priority during January, but Arsenal are yet to agree on anything of note with Shakhtar Donetsk regarding the Ukrainian international’s fee. The player himself reportedly wants to join the Gunners, as there is confidence among those connected with a club that a move will materialise in the next window.
As for a midfielder, Arsenal are looking at several names. The defensive midfield position worries Arteta, as Thomas Partey has no viable cover. The Ghana international is a crucial star for the Gunners and has often shown vulnerability with his fitness.
Palmeiras midfielder Danilo is reportedly the player that interests Arteta. The Gunners are courting the Brazilian, and the move could materialise soon, with the club preparing another official bid.
The report suggests Arteta will have £50 million to spend during the January transfer window. Considering the potential cost of Mudryk thrown around in the media, the budgets may have to increase if Arteta wants to sign those two players at all costs.
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