Arsenal: Latest Transfer Rumours
Football Whispers is always on the lookout for new transfer rumours regarding Arsenal. All of the top Arsenal transfer rumours over the last week are available on this page along with a rating to assess the potential for the transfer to take place. You can find the Gunners as well as all of their rivals' odds in our Premier League predictions and football betting tips for today.
Arsenal close to securing £12 million signing of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho
Arsenal are closing in on a stunning deal for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. According to Sky Sports, the Gunners are about to spend around £12 million for the 31-year-old midfielder who is out of contract in the summer. Arsenal’s desperate need for a strong midfielder is being capitalised by Chelsea, who value the player at around £5 million given his contract status.
Arsenal have been rebuffed on numerous occasions in the attempts to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. Even after a recent offer of £70 million was dismissed by the Seagulls, Arsenal still remain keen on the player but missing out on his signature would be disastrous in the title race. After more than a decade, Arsenal are in the title race and they have now regarded as favourites for lifting the honour due to a five-point advantage over Manchester City with a game in hand.
Mikel Arteta is keen on players who will be able to slot into the first-team and deliver straight away. Jorginho fits perfectly into this requirement. The former Napoli midfielder has been able to get more than 140 Premier League appearances under his belt over the last four+ seasons. Jorginho’s arrival is unlikely to change Arsenal’s stature on Caicedo, who appears to be a long-term target for the team.
The Gunners have been quite active in the transfer window so far but they have been unable to get many of their first-choice targets. Mykhailo Mudryk is one of the high-profile targets which slipped from Arsenal’s hand, while Caicedo is fast joining the list. At the same time, Arteta has been able to strengthen the squad to a decent extent with players like Leandro Trossard.
This is certainly not the first time Arteta has tried to sign Jorginho. The Spaniard was part of the Manchester City coaching staff when the club were keen on the Napoli man in 2018. Then, Arteta became the Arsenal boss and tried to sign Jorginho in the summer of 2020 before the player jetted off to the European Championships. Now, it appears that Arteta is getting his man finally.
The arrival of Jorginho is likely to commit a very good time for Arsenal, who have been short in the midfield positions. The injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny mean that Arsenal are lacking numbers especially when the Europa League campaign kicks off in the immediate future.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Arsenal contemplating improved £75 million offer for Moises Caicedo
The transfer deadline day is only a few hours away and Arsenal are contemplating the possibility of making a new offer for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. After the first two bids worth £60 million and £70 million were visited by the Seagulls, Arsenal appeared to have lost hope of bringing the 21-year-old. Even after the Ecuadorian international came in with an official transfer request, Brighton are keeping hold of the player.
However, Arsenal are expected to now come up with a new £75 million offer in the hope of convincing the Seagulls. Just like before, the £75 million offer is expected to be accompanied by performance-related add-ons which is expected to take the total transfer fee to £80 million. This would create a new record for the Gunners, whose most expensive player acquisition was the signing of Nicolas Pepe for £72 million in 2019.
The injury to players like Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny has left Arsenal in a very poor spot in the midfield positions. This does not spell good news for the Gunners who are favourites to win the league title due to the five point lead over Manchester City with a game in hand. Mikel Arteta is keen on signing players who are playing in the Premier League. Caicedo has been a regular player in the league only for the last six months but he has already made a sizeable impression.
Since Brighton will be left with very little time to bring in replacements, it can still put the deal in jeopardy. This third bid is yet to arrive from Arsenal, but it is expected to be a game changer if it does.
So far in the summer transfer window, Arsenal have been unable to get much success in terms of their primary transfer targets. The club are yet to make a significant signing apart from Brighton winger Leandro Trossard and Spezia defender Jakub Kiwior.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Marquinhos moves to Norwich on loan
Arsenal have confirmed that Brazilian youth international Marquinhos has moved to Norwich City for a loan deal until the end of the campaign. The 19-year-old made the switch to the Emirates Stadium from São Paulo only in the summer. Arsenal have a lot of faith in the potential of the winger, but he has failed to make a major impression in the Premier League appearances table. Even though he made his debut in the Europa League against Zürich, there have not been too many opportunities for the youngster.
In order to aid his development, Arsenal have decided to send him out on loan. The move to Norwich City is likely to be quite beneficial with the Canaries aiming for promotion back to the Premier League. Norwich are sixth in the Championship standings and there is even a great opportunity for the team to finish as high as third in the standings. Marquinhos will be on loan at Norwich until the end of the campaign.
FW rumour rating: 5/5
Last Week's Arsenal Transfer Rumours
Arsenal battle with Borussia Dortmund for signing of Ivan Fresneda
Arsenal have been given a 24-48 hour deadline to make a decision on whether to finalize a deal for Real Valladolid's Ivan Fresneda or withdraw from the negotiations. The club has already made two additions to their squad in this January transfer window, signing Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior for a total of £48m from Premier League outfit Brighton and Italian outfit Spezia respectively. With only a few days left in the January transfer window, there is still a possibility of more signings, with Fresneda being among the players rumoured to potentially make a late move to the Emirates Stadium.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal have submitted a £13m offer for Fresneda's transfer, while Borussia Dortmund are also actively pursuing him. It is believed that Dortmund are the leading candidate, as they have promised Fresneda more opportunities for playing time compared to Arsenal – where the competition for positions may limit his chances. Additionally, Valladolid are reportedly interested in bringing Fresneda back on loan. Interestingly, Dortmund are ready to match those terms to secure the signing of the right back.
The defender has impressed quite a lot of scouts. Even Arsenal icon Emmanuel Petit has claimed that it would be a major disaster if the Gunners miss out on the signing, as he is an exceptional talent in terms of defence and going forward.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Arsenal might have to wait longer to get Amadou Onana
Arsenal have been showing plenty of interest in bringing Amadou Onana, who has also been a target for Chelsea during this transfer window. The 21-year-old has been identified by Mikel Arteta as an ideal replacement for Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka. The defensive midfielder has the attention of top Premier League clubs following his impressive performances since his arrival from Lille in the summer. In fact, the performances of players like Amadou Onana have been one of the few positives for the Merseyside outfit in an otherwise disappointing campaign.
Signed from the French outfit for €35 million, Amadou Onana has made 18 appearances in the league whilst scoring once and creating one goal.
Chelsea have been on a spending spree for the last two transfer windows and they have already been able to nab one Arsenal target in the form of Mykhailo Mudryk. Despite Arsenal and Chelsea coming up with the same offer for the player, the Blues were able to sign him for £89 million a week ago.
Now, Arsenal have been given a sizeable boost with regard to their pursuit of Amadou Onana. The player, according to the Express, has reportedly rejected the opportunity to join Chelsea. The Frenchman does not want to make a high-profile switch just six months after stepping into a new league. If Everton are unable to survive relegation, it could leave them in a spot of bother with regard to retaining players like Amadou Onana. The player’s rejection of Chelsea this January could open up a potential move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Arsenal History and Information
Formed in 1886 as Dial Square by Woolwich munitions workers, the club we now know as Arsenal crossed the city of London to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury in 1913, in doing so becoming rivals of Tottenham Hotspur. Currently playing in the Premier League, Arsenal are managed by Mikel Arteta and are considered one of the most successful clubs in English football. In total, they have won the English top-flight on 13 occasions, the FA Cup a record 13 times, the League Cup (2), Community Shield (15), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
This club is one of the few that have been a part of the Premier League in all seasons since the league’s inception in 1992. It is also one of the 7 clubs that managed to win the Premier League so far. Arsenal FC holds many records but the most impressive one is probably the undefeated season in 2002-2003.
After spending nearly a century playing their games at Highbury, Arsenal moved to their newly built Emirates Stadium in 2006. The current club manager is Mikel Arteta, a Spaniard who played 5 seasons for the club and previously worked as an assistant to the legendary manager Pep Guardiola.
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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £57.4m in 2017
This is one of the most expensive transfers in the history of the club but one that is seemingly paid off. While Arsenal had little success so far with the Gabonian striker in the club, the individual performances of the man who earned the captaincy at Emirates have been stellar.
Nicolas Pépé from LOSC Lille for £72m in 2019
Being the most expensive transfer in Arsenal’s history, the arrival of the French winger from Lille was anticipated with great hope. And while his career with the Gunners is still in its infancy, Pépé could end up being a very expensive flop or at best a solid starter but hardly a difference-maker the Gunners hoped he can be.
Thierry Henry from Juventus for £11m in 1999
While the price of £11m was not really cheap back in 1999, hardly anyone could expect that the French striker who struggled in Juventus could turn into one of the greatest Gunners in history. But Henry did exactly that – with 226 goals, he is the team’s best goalscorer of all time and an overall legend of the club.
Ian Wright from Crystal Palace for £2.5m in 1991
Brought to the club for a fee of just £2.5 million, Ian Wright had no trouble adjusting to life in English football since he came from another English club. He spent seven seasons in Arsenal and is still the club’s second-leading scorer with 185 goals in all competitions.
Dennis Bergkamp from Inter for £7.5m in 1995
The Dutch virtuoso took some time to adjust to the Premier League and the physicality of English football but once he got used to it, he showed his goalscoring and playmaking talent during 11 seasons at the club.
Patrick Vieira from Milan for £3.5m in 1996
After he arrived at Arsenal in 1996, the French international quickly become one of the most important players in Wenger’s team. He was a key part of the team for a decade and one of the main contributors to the team’s undefeated season in 2002-2003.