The Gunners could be set for a busy end to the January transfer window as they target a potential replacement for the outgoing Cedric in addition to Leandro Trossard.
Arsenal are in talks to sign Brighton & Hove Albion forward Leandro Trossard, but he may not be the only arrival at the Emirates Stadium this month.
football.london understands the Gunners are closing in on a deal for the Belgian after agreeing an initial £21million fee plus add-ons with Brighton. Personal terms are not expected to be a problem and have already been finalised, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Trossard has just six months remaining on his current deal at the Amex, making him a feasible option in the remaining days of the January window. The player’s camp has also made it clear that a Brighton departure would be the best solution for all parties after the 28-year-old fell out with manager Roberto Di Zerbi.
Mikel Arteta has been keen to strengthen his attacking options following injuries to Gabriel Jesus, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson. Mykhailo Mudryk was identified as the club’s priority target, with talks taking place for months. However, Chelsea eventually won the race after an agreement was reached with Shakhtar Donetsk over the structure of payments.
With 16 days of the window remaining, the Gunners found themselves back to square one but acted decisively to ensure they were not left empty-handed. In fact, there is a chance that another signing could follow Trossard through the door. That’s because Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in signing young Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda, according to various reports.
Newcastle, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus are also believed to be following the 18-year-old closely, with Real Valladolid said to be open to offers in the region of £13.1million.
Arsenal currently have three right-backs in the squad, although Cedric is expected to leave before the end of the window as talks continue over a move to Fulham. While that would still leave Arteta with two solid options in the form of Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu, the latter’s injury record isn’t the most convincing.
There have been some suggestions that should Arsenal turn out to be Fresneda’s next destination, he would be loaned back to Valladolid until the end of the season. At the time of writing, nothing appears imminent, but it could be one to keep an eye on between now and January 31.