Unai Emery has revealed that Arsenal are not planning to make any permanent signings during the January transfer window and will instead focus all their attention on sealing loan deals.
The Gunners have been linked with the likes of Denis Suarez, Yannick Carrasco and Ever Banega in the last week, but it looks as though the club hierarchy, despite previously admitting the need to strengthen, have made it very clear to the Spaniard that cash is limited and only short-term fixes will be sanctioned.
Given our defensive record this season, we could certainly do with a centre-back, while the boss has also touched on the possibility of recruiting a winger. In light of this latest development, it’s going to be interesting to see how we *looks in Sven Mislintat’s direction* pull this off.
“We cannot sign permanently,” Emery told his pre-West Ham press conference. “We can only loan players. Only loan players.”
“I don’t know his situation now,” replied the Spaniard when asked about Barcelona’s Suarez, who has been valued at around £20 million.
He reiterated: “We can only sign players later on. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now.”
Earlier today, Estadio Deportivo reported that the Gunners had offered Ever Banega, Seville’s Argentine midfielder, a lucrative permanent contract.
“I know this player and he’s a very good player,” said Emery when asked about his former charge. “I cannot tell you more.”
It’s fair to say, that if we’re only making loan deals, the story was probably poppycock.