Arsenal ‘interested’ in expensive loan deal as Gunners ‘lead Tottenham’ in bargain free agent race

All the latest Arsenal transfer news and rumours as the Gunners prepare to face Newcastle United.

Arsenal continue to enjoy a superb season after extending their lead at the top to seven points.

The Gunners defeated Brighton on New Year’s Eve, and Manchester City’s draw meant they extended their lead at the top. Though, their lead will continue to be tested with fixtures coming thick and fast. Arsenal face a Newcastle side with a seemingly neverending unbeaten run on Tuesday night, and Mikel Arteta will be looking to put on another big performance ahead of turning attention to the FA Cup.

In the meantine we have rounded up all the latest transfer news and rumours surrounding the Emirates Stadium.

Felix links

Arsenal are said to be in contention to sign Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix, who could leave La Liga on a loan deal this winter.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein tweeted: “Atletico Madrid ready to loan Joao Felix - Man Utd & Arsenal main contenders at present. Both expressing firm interest in 23yo forward but at nowhere near €21m package #Atleti currently want (€15m fee + €6m wages for 6 months)”

It will be interesting to see if the Gunners pull the trigger on that seemingly costly deal, or whether they can find a better option elsewhere in their bid to strengthen that front line.

Ndicka boost

Arsenal are said to be leading the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star Evan Ndicka ahead of the summer.

Ndicka is out of contract in the summer, and teams outside Germany can already enter talks over a pre-contract agreement. According to Calcio Merceto, Tottenham have shown plenty of interest in the centre-back, but it’s Arsenal who are likely to win the race. The Gunners do already have William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes at centre-back, though there is speculation over the latter’s future amid reported interest from Juventus.

Arsenal also have Ben White to call upon, but with Ndicka available for free, it might be a no-brainer for Arteta.