Arsenal 'target' £34m release clause as Eddie Nketiah faces uncertain future

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January could be a pivotal month for Arsenal and here's the latest transfer headlines

Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions and it seems the head coach has work to do with his side before their next game in a fortnight’s time.

They are expected to be active in the transfer market and with that in mind, here’s a look at this evening’s transfer headlines.

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Striker options

Arsenal are willing to part ways with Eddie Nketiah this month as they look to add fresh blood to their attacking options. That’s according to the Daily Star, who report Crystal Palace have shown an interest in taking the England international this month.

However, the report claims that Arsenal have placed a £30m price tag on the forward, while a sell-on clause would also be included. The Gunners have been looking at other attacking targets and it is claimed they have identified Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke and Brentford’s Ivan Toney as potential options this month.

Solanke has been in fine form in the Premier League this season, bagging 12 Premier League goals for the Cherries, while Toney is approaching the end of his gambling-related suspension and could have a big say on the second half of the Premier League season.

Arsenal have struggled in front of goal of late and they attracted criticism on Sunday evening as they drew another blank in their 2-0 loss against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup.

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Frimpong's release clause

Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong, but they won’t make their move until summer, when the full-back’s release clause becomes active. Frimpong, who has registered five goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season, possesses a £34m release clause, report the Mirror, which can only be activated at the end of the current season.

Arsenal are said to be extremely interested in signing the Dutchman, who came through the ranks at Manchester City before joining Celtic and eventually Leverkusen, and see him as someone who could fill what has been a problem position. However, it seems the Gunners will wait until the summer to make their move in the hope of picking up what may well be considered a bargain.

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