Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal “are active” in the January transfer market amid rumours of £40m swoop.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted that the club is actively pursuing their targets ahead of the January transfer window next month.
The Spaniard also kept his cards close to his chest when asked if any new targets had emerged as a direct result of their World Cup performances.
Arteta recently reunited with the majority of his players after Arsenal won the Dubai Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over AC Milan in a mid-season friendly that featured a stunning Martin Odegaard free-kick.
Arsenal were without talismanic forward Gabriel Jesus, who is expected to be out for three months following knee surgery.
As a result, speculation is rife that Arteta will try to sign a new forward as his replacement.
The Gunners have been looking for a new winger since the summer, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk rumored to be the preferred candidate.
The 21-year-old’s agents are reported to have met with a number of different Premier League sides in an attempt to facilitate their client’s exit from the Ukrainian giants.
Optimistically valued at £ 100 million by his club, there is growing belief Mudryk could be purchased for £40m as the window drags on.
In the aftermath of the win over Milan, Arteta admitted Arsenal would like to bring in some new recruits next month should the right players become available.
“We are looking and we are active in the possibilities. If we can find the players that will strengthen the team, we will try,” the Arsenal manager revealed.
Given Gunner’s potential need for another forward after Jesus’ injury, the likes of Goncalo Ramos and Cody Gakpo have shone for Portugal and the Netherlands respectively at the World Cup and as a result, have seen their names touted with a move to the Emirates.
Pressed for comment on whether anyone out in Qatar has impressed the Arsenal boss, Arteta added: “There are a few, and a few national teams as well.
“A lot of things they are doing are very interesting and it shows where the game is going, where it is evolving, but as for players – I’ll keep that to myself!”