We’re just over a week into January and Mikel Arteta has made it clear that Arsenal plan to be active in the transfer market. While we’re currently short on numbers in midfield, the defence still looks a little bloated, which leads us nicely to today’s round-up…
Having just sold Kieran Trippier to Newcastle United, Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for another right-back and, according to the Daily Mail, the Portugal international’s name appears to be on a list of potential replacements. Three appearances in the Carabao Cup aside, the 30-year-old has barely featured for Arsenal since Takehiro Tomiyasu was signed from Bologna so you can understand why he might look elsewhere. That said, given Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ imminent move to AS Roma and the disappearance of Calum Chambers, the sanctioning of a move would raise a few eyebrows unless a replacement is lined up. Quite what Diego Simeone would make of Cedric is another matter.
Already linked with a return to Brazilian side Flamengo, reports in Italy now claim Sampdoria are quire keen on Pablo. The 28-year-old, who has also played in Belgium and Spain during his journeyman career, has only played three games this season and doesn’t look like usurping Gabriel on the left side of defence anytime soon. We could see Pablo in Genoa.
Speculation continues to mount about Arsenal’s interest in the Serb striker and the use of Lucas Torreira as a makeweight. The Athletic’s David Ornstein wrote on Friday, “My information is that if the 21-year-old is to move in January then, as things stand, Arsenal are in the strongest position to sign him.” He does also point out that the Emirates probably isn’t the player’s first choice destination and that Alexander Isak and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin are alternatives being monitored. For some reason we’re still not convinced this is likely, despite the Ornacle’s words of wisdom.