The January transfer window is now officially open, and while that’s rarely been something for Arsenal fans to get excited about, it could be a little different this time around.
The Gunners are in the best position they’ve been to land the Premier League title in more than a decade, with Arsene Wenger’s talented pool of stars finally producing the performances that silverware-hungry fans demand.
Yet the puzzle isn’t quite complete, and the French manager may well dip his toe into the market to ensure he has the personnel to cross the line. Here’s a roundup of the latest rumours from the Emirates.
Arsenal are reportedly in the race to sign Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne, as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the title run-in.
That’s according to the player’s agent, Antonio Ottaiano, who told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli that both the Gunners and Paris Saint-Germain are chasing Insigne’s signature—via the Daily Telegraph:
We are delighted with the interest of the PSG and Arsenal. We are talking about two clubs at the top of world football, but Lorenzo is focused on Napoli and the team’s collective goals.
Insigne has scored five Serie A goals and created seven more so far this season—per WhoScored.com—with his ability to shift along the front line really catching the eye. Here’s a look at some of his highlights:
The fact that he’s keeping exciting Belgian Dries Mertens out of the Napoli team speaks volumes, yet it will likely take something special to lure the Italian to the Emirates.
Insigne was born and raised in Naples and supported the Partenopei as a child, and now that he’s finally making a name for himself in Serie A, hitting the road could be the last thing on his mind.
A holding midfielder will likely be Wenger’s priority over the course of the window, and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot appears the ideal candidate.
The 20-year-old is considered one of the most exciting young talents in Ligue 1, yet finds himself playing second fiddle to Marco Verratti in the heart of PSG’s lineup.
The Italian’s recent injury woes have given Rabiot the chance to shine, but La Parisien still report that the youngster wants out of the French capital—via Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star.
That much could play right into Arsenal’s hands, and with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Rabiot is available for just £14.7 million, the deal looks like something of a bargain.
And finally, Arsenal are looking to re-sign Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, who spent four years in north London with the Gunners’ youth setup.
That’s according to Turkish outlet Fanatik, via Jamie Sanderson of Metro, who report that Ozyakup’s astronomical rise since leaving the Emirates has given Wenger plenty to think about.
The stats are certainly impressive, too, as the pass-master has been lethal in front of goal so far this season—per OptaCan:
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Fanatik suggests that the transfer may not happen until the summer window, but Wenger will be keen to lay a foundation for the deal ahead of June.