Arsenal transfer round-up: Mikel Arteta wants £90m ace on the cheap after Ivan Toney blow

Arsenal are working on a restricted budget in the ongoing January transfer window and can’t afford to spend another £200million after breaking the bank last summer
Arsenal’s season is in danger of falling apart after another defeat on Sunday.

The Gunners lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the Emirates to fall at the first hurdle in the FA Cup. The hosts created plenty of chances but failed to score before Jakub Kiwior nodded Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into his own net. Luis Diaz then scored in the 95th minute.

Arsenal now find themselves out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. They are also fourth in the Premier League table after picking up one point from their last three games, a run that’s left them five points behind leaders Liverpool. The Gunners will be looking for reinforcements in January, but who are they interested in? Here are the latest rumours…
Arsenal chase Onana’s signature
Arsenal are interested in signing Everton midfielder Amadou Onana, according to Football London. Onana, 23, has impressed in the Premier League since joining the Toffees from Lille in August 2022 in a £33million deal, making 47 outings in the division.

It’s believed the Gunners are considering making a £50million offer, which could be enough to tempt Everton. The Merseyside club have money woes after receiving a 10-point deduction earlier this season for breaching the Premier League’s financial rules.

Everton will do all they can to keep Onana, who they rate at £90m. Reports in Belgium claim there are ‘intensive talks’ between Arsenal and the Toffees over a deal for the midfielder. Onana is a Belgium international with nine senior caps to his name.

Toney quashes Arsenal talk
Ivan Toney insists he has “a lot to repay” Brentford for after sticking by him during his ban. The England international, 27, will return to Premier League football this month after serving an eight-month suspension for breaching the Football Association’s betting rules.

Toney, who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, is a transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea. Yet Brentford are determined to keep hold of their prized asset after losing Yoane Wissa to the Africa Cup of Nations and Bryan Mbeumo to a serious ankle injury.

In an exclusive interview with Mirror Football, Toney said: “They (Brentford) have been nothing but amazing for me. I can’t thank them enough, especially the fans. They were behind me from the first minute as well. So it’s kind of like I have a lot to repay.”

Brentford are enduring a nightmare run in the Premier League, having lost five consecutive games, and want Toney to fire them to safety before contemplating a sale in the summer. They are 16th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone.
Mbappe future still in the balance
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe are slim – very slim – but fans will continue to dream until his future is decided. The World Cup winner, 25, has just six months left on his Paris Saint-Germain contract and several clubs are interested in signing him.

Real Madrid are the favourites to land Mbappe, with Liverpool and other Premier League clubs also in the frame. Reports on Sunday suggested Madrid had agreed a deal, but the France international’s representatives have told Fabrizio Romano this is not the case.

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