Arsenal’s need for a midfielder this January is obvious. The Gunners are without Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky at the moment, placing a huge burden on Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey.
Reinforcements are required, and there have been strong links to a couple of players over the last couple of days. Firstly to FC Basel’s Egpytian international, Mohamed Elneny. Stories in the Swiss press say that he has returned early from holidays to undergo medicals at his current club ahead of an early January sale (source).
He’s 23 years old, and would command a fee of between £5m and £10m.
Then, from Portugal, comes news that we’ve got our eye on Porto’s Danilo Pereira, with scout Luis Boa Morte telling O Jogo:
Ex-Arsenal player & now the club's Portugal scout, Luís Boa Morte, has confirmed the interest in Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira to O Jogo.
— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) December 25, 2015
Click on the link to the Tweet for the entire thread in which he also rules out our rumoured interest in Ruben Neves.
As ever we take everything with a pinch of salt, but both players look like they’d fit the bill, so we’ll see what happens, and how quickly, when the window opens next weekend.