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Arsenal completed January transfers

Arsenal completed January transfers

Arsenal’s latest 2-0 win over rivals Tottenham in the north London derby last time out leaves them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

With Manchester City and Manchester United in hot pursuit, Arsenal fans are keen for the club to strengthen in the January window to ensure their title charge remains on course in the second half of the campaign.

A positive January transfer window is necessary to maintain that form, with a number of holes to fill, thanks to injuries and squad deficiencies.

Mikel Arteta knows every penny counts, as the Gunners push for their first Premier League title in years, up against a dominant City side.

The Sporting News brings you a full rundown of the latest Arsenal rumours and deals for the January 2023 transfer window.

Arsenal completed January transfers

Incoming transfers

Date Player Club Transfer
 Jan. 20  Leandro Trossard  Brighton  £21m fee

Outgoing transfers

Date Player Club Transfer
 Jan. 10, 2023  Miguel Azeez  Wigan Athletic  Loan

Latest Arsenal transfer news

Arsenal’s transfer rumours in January are fuelled by an injury to striker Gabriel Jesus, who suffered a knee issue at the World Cup.

With Jesus expected to be out for up to three months (until March), Arteta needs to find other options to keep Arsenal in front in the Premier League title race.

Along with the latest news on Raphinha, and Ferran Torres, there are a few other rumours to keep an eye on.

  • The Gunners have made West Ham’s Declan Rice their ‘top target’ for the summer and are growing in confidence they can beat Chelsea to his signature (The Times)
  • Arsenal want out-of-contract Barcelona teenager Alejandro Balde (Football Espana)
  • Arsenal have cooled their interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans (
  • Arsenal have been linked with interest in Alexis Mac Allister after his starring World Cup performances, but reports state that he’s “not a priority” for the Gunners.

Kiwior agrees personal terms with Arsenal

Arsenal have reportedly completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior from Spezia after agreeing personal terms with the player.

Fabrizio Romano claims a fee in excess of €20m with add-ons has been enough to secure the defender’s signature with Kiwior putting pen to paper on a five-year deal. A medical is now planned before Arsenal officially announce the signing.

The Polish 22-year-old plays at centre-back and had also attracted interested from Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

Gunners announce Leandro Trossard move

Arsenal have announced the signing of Leandro Trossard for an initial fee of £21m.

Belgian international Trossard had indicated his intention to leave the AMEX Stadium, following a high profile disagreement with boss Roberto De Zerbi, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all linked with a possible bid.

However, the Gunners have acted quickly and confirmed his arrival on January 20, the player signing a long-term deal.

North London Diaby?

Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby has emerged as another alternative to Mykhaylo Mudryk as Mikel Arteta’s hunt for a wide attacker continues.

Sky Sports reported the Gunners have made contact with the Bundesliga club over the 23-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain youngster.

Leverkusen would seemingly be reluctant to sell mid-season, having quoted an asking price of £88.5 million during the close season for Diaby, who is under contract until 2025. That places him very much in the Mudryk price bracket.

Arsenal chief Edu makes contact with Barcelona

Reports in Spain first linked former City star Ferran Torres to Arsenal in early December, and the rumour has gained further steam since then.

Torres, a member of the Spain squad at the 2022 World Cup, has struggled for time at Barcelona. He began as a starter earlier this season, but failed to impress, and dropped to the bench behind Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, and Ansu Fati.

On January 16, claimed Arsenal chief Edu had reached out to Barcelona over the possibility of signing Torres or Raphina.

Former target Raphinha ‘available’

Raphinha was linked to Arsenal and Chelsea last summer after he top-scored for Leeds with 11 goals to help the Whites escape Premier League relegation.

Barcelona spent £55m ($66.7m) on the Brazilian in July, where he has been directly involved in five goals in 20 appearances, in the top flight and Champions League.

However, El Chiringuito has reported he is available, as Barca tries to improve their financial position in pursuit of more signings.

With Raphinha struggling to find the form he reached with Leeds, and Barca keen to sell, Arsenal would be likely to succeed with a lower bid than the Spanish side’s final offer for him, less than six months ago.

Gunners and Magpies could bid for Alejandro Balde

Barcelona’s prospects of extending breakthrough star Alejandro Balde’s contract beyond 2024 are in doubt because of budgetary restrictions placed on Spanish clubs.

The Spanish giants are negotiating with Balde on a new deal until 2027, with a termination clause of €500m (around $536m / £430.5m), according to Sport, which says the uncertainty on whether a deal is feasible will boost Arsenal and Newcastle United.

The outlet says both clubs have made enquiries about signing Balde, and claims his agent Jorge Mendes, has repeatedly told Barca his client would be a “safe source of income” if they need to raise money.

The report says that Barcelona want to resolve the situation by the end of January.

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