28 Jan 2022 | 08:42
The past 28 days of the winter transfer window can be considered a failure for Arsenal’s BLD. They focused on the signature Dusan Vlahovic with an offer of up to 80 million euros, along with a salary of 160,000 pounds per week (after tax). However, Vlahovic chose Juventus as a destination.
Without the signature of the player born in 2000, Arsenal were forced to turn to other options. Reputable journalist David Ornstein said that the Gunners see strikers Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as targets for the rest of January.
With Isak, Arsenal’s BLD has been impressed since the summer when he played quite well at EURO 2020. However, Real Sociedad is not ready to sell their mainstay. Want to get “Ibra Second”, there is no other way, Arsenal is forced to husband 90 million euros to tear off the contract of this player. Of course, this is too risky a plan because Isak is quite young and has no experience in the Premier League.
Less expensively, Arsenal could negotiate with Everton over the Calvert-Lewin case. This striker is only 24 years old, which is still consistent with Arteta’s rejuvenation policy. Last season, Calvert-Lewin scored 16 Premier League goals. With a striker good at gliding and in the air like Calvert-Lewin, Arsenal will have more effective attacking options. British press revealed, Everton will negotiate if the partners put at least 60 million pounds on the negotiating table.
With his signature remaining in the winter, Arteta will surely turn his eyes to midfield. Obviously, the shortage of personnel in this area in the past time has directly affected the results of the Gunners. Accordingly, Arsenal have not won since entering the New Year, which is also the time when Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny returned to Africa to attend the CAN Cup. They even let Ainsley Maitland-Niles come to Roma from the beginning of January.
Fortunately for Arteta, Partey’s Ghana team was eliminated early. But that does not make the Gunners midfield any more solid. They are forced to have more personnel in the next few days.
According to the Telegraph, Douglas Luiz is the man Arsenal are pursuing. After the first offer of £ 30 million was rejected by Aston Villa. Arsenal raised the fee to £32m, with £3m in extra fees. This is a reasonable price for a player with only 18 months of contract left. However, Aston Villa’s ambition is to be able to convince Luiz to extend it in the near future.
In the past, Luiz used to play in the colors of Man City. Pep was impressed with the midfielder and described him as ” a smart guy with the ball, very strong physically “. This will be a reference for Arteta to make him more determined when only 3 more days, the winter transfer market will be closed.