Arsenal still in contact to sign £50m player this month, they haven’t given up

Despite a quiet month so far, it seems neither Mikel Arteta or Arsenal have given up on one significant midfield signing.

It’s now common knowledge that Arteta’s side are hamstrung by their FFP restrictions in January.
The club spent big in the summer, securing an impressive trio of Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber and Kai Havertz.

And those signings have clearly limited Arsenal’s spending in January – something the club will have been well aware of.
It seems both Arteta and Edu Gaspar prefer to do the bulk of their business in the summer, when the club can be more methodical and achieve better value.

That being said, the club will also be ready to react to ongoing situations in the final week or so of the window.

Reports suggest that Arsenal haven’t given up on selling Thomas Partey in the next seven days, which could produce an opportunity.
And with that in mind, Belgian journalist Pieter-Jan Calcoen has now confirmed that Arsenal have remained in talks for Everton’s Amadou Onana.

Arsenal haven’t given up on a deal for Everton’s Amadou Onana

The journalist claimed that Arsenal are still in contact with Onana’s camp, and also pointed out Everton’s need to sell this month.

Sharing his update on X, Calcoen said: “Although Arsenal is still in contact with the Onana camp and Everton it seems that the club will first have to sell players before it can make significant pushes.”
Of course, Arsenal fans may be buoyed by the idea that the club haven’t quite given up on a deal just yet.

It seems as if Nuno Tavares could also potentially leave the club permanently this month, another sale that could raise funds.

And were Arsenal to sanction departures for Partey and Tavares, and maybe even the likes of Cedric Soares, an opportunity could present itself.

£50m-rated Onana would clearly improve Arteta’s midfield, allowing Declan Rice to play as a number eight when wanted.

And as well as a deal for Onana, Arsenal could also benefit from a loan deal for a striker who simply can’t stop scoring.

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