Arsenal sent Matthijs De Ligt January transfer update as race for striking sensation hots up

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Bayern Munich central defender Matthijs De Ligt in the January transfer window have been killed off by Thomas Tuchel.

The Gunners had reportedly been monitoring the Dutch international amid Mikel Arteta’s hopes of signing a new defender. Various reports had claimed De Ligt could be available in the summer after falling behind Min-Jae Kim and Dayot Upamecano in the pecking order.

However, Tuchel’s comments on the defender’s future suggest a move to the Emirates Stadium is out of the question. Speaking over the weekend, he said: “We’re planning with Matthijs, top player and top guy. Matthijs came back injured from the national team, missed all preseason. We played him too early in the Supercup, then he got seriously injured again.”

Now, it seems as though the Dutch international will stay at Bayern and Arsenal will have to source another central defender in the summer. Fortunately, William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes are top-tier defenders and Arteta isn’t desperate for reinforcement in that area. In the summer, the situation could change and De Ligt may become available. Despite Tuchel’s comments, it’s definitely one to keep a close eye on.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are set to face competition from West Ham for Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Nigerian goal machine, though a deal is likely to be difficult given the 23-year-old only moved to Germany in the summer.

Only Harry Kane, Serhou Guirassy and Lois Openda have scored more Bundesliga goals this season and Boniface’s strong presence in attack and clinical eye for goal means clubs are lining up for his services.

Now, it’s reported that West Ham are looking to use newly-appointed sporting director Tim Steidten to help their chances given he worked at Bayer previously. The Sun claims they will work to get a deal done this month.

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