Arsenal will head into the new year top of the Premier League after a convincing Boxing Day display over West Ham. The Gunners will round out their 2022 with a tricky clash against Brighton, but remain five points clear at the summit.
The new year will, of course, also bring about the opening of the January transfer window, with Mikel Arteta’s men touted for a busy month. Check out Thursday’s round-up of the latest Arsenal-related rumours below...
Gunners near Mudryk deal
Arsenal are ‘heading towards agreeing a deal’ to take Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk to the Emirates Stadium next month, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs. The Gunners have been perpetually linked with the Ukrainian forward in recent weeks, and appear to be closing in on a January agreement for his services - although Mikel Arteta’s men could still abandon talks if Shakhtar’s demands become too excessive.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jacobs said: “Through a combination of things and a preferable structure as well, where Shakhtar get more of the money up front, they’ll feel like, potentially, they’re getting closer to the number they want and Arsenal will feel like they’re still getting Mudryk at market value.
“This is all heading towards Arsenal agreeing a deal. But because it’s Arsenal and perhaps not other clubs like Chelsea, for example, I still do feel that if Shakhtar continue to insist on crazy money, then Arsenal will walk away.”
Gunners lead Milenkovic-Savic race
Arsenal are reportedly ‘considered to be in pole position’ to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio at the end of the season. The Serbian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to England in recent times, and according to an update from Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, could be on his way to north London.
Milinkovic-Savic’s contract in Italy expires in 2024, and it is understood that Lazio would rather lose him for around £44 million this summer than on a free transfer 12 months later. The Gunners are said to have ‘had talks’ with the player’s agent and their ‘interest is confirmed’. The report goes as far as to state that Arteta’s men are currently in ‘pole position’ to sign him, with Arsenal described as being a ‘more convincing’ project than they were at the beginning of the campaign.