Mikel Arteta pushing Arsenal to sign Ruben Neves in January

Mikel Arteta could push the boat to sign Ruben Neves from Al Hilal in the January window as the Spaniard prioritises a midfielder.

According to Sport, Ruben Neves could become Mikel Arteta’s top January target, and the Gunners boss could urge the club to push for the signing. After thorough consideration, the 26-year-old Arsenal target, who also has interest from Newcastle United, might become the Spaniard’s primary target.

Arsenal have a critical January window ahead of them, as Mikel Arteta has to decide on a specific transfer requirement. The Gunners are in better shape than last season after the arrival of key stars in the summer, but there are some gaps in the team.

For instance, the persistent injury issues for Thomas Partey have left their midfield thin. A fitness issue with Declan Rice or Jorginho could lead to further problems and potentially derail their title charge at the most crucial period of their campaign.

Hence, as we suggested some transfer targets for Arsenal in January, there’s improved emphasis on signing a new central midfielder. Arteta may have wanted Douglas Luiz in the next window, but the Gunners know the complexities of signing the Brazilian from Aston Villa.

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Then there was the option of Martin Zubimendi, who remains a key target, but Arsenal must pay his entire £52 million release clause in one shot. Hence, signing the Spaniard also has its complexities, which takes Arteta back to Ruben Neves.

The Portuguese was recently linked with a move to Newcastle United, but there are some issues surrounding the transfer following the complex involvement of the Magpies with the Saudi PIF. Hence, his chances of coming to St James Part are difficult, which could open the door for Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta is keen on Neves and considered him an alternative had they failed to pursue Rice during the summer window. Now, the Spaniard is reportedly ready to push the boat and ask the club to make the move for the 26-year-old midfielder.

Much will depend on Al Hilal’s price, considering the Saudi Club themselves paid around £50 million for the Portuguese midfielder. As Arsenal need a top-rated midfielder in January, they will undoubtedly keep close tabs on the 26-year-old star before making a firm decision.

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