Who have Arsenal been linked with this January? The latest rumours
By Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 06/01/20 8:43am
Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng
The latest on the players Arsenal have been linked with this January – and who might leave the club as the Mikel Arteta era begins…
The latest players Arsenal have been linked with…Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to Sky Germany, and have now stepped up their chase for the defender.The 31-year-old, who is predominantly a centre-back but can also play at full-back, wants to leave the Bundesliga club this winter. Bayer Leverkusen will resist January offers for Arsenal target Kevin Volland, according to Sky Germany.He has 18 months left on his contract and Gunners scouts have been to watch him a number of times recently ahead of a possible January move.Who else have the Gunners been linked with?Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig [Sunday Express]; Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester [Leicester Mercury]; Dries Mertens, Napoli [Daily Mail]; Chris Smalling, Manchester United [Daily Mirror]; James Rodriguez, Real Madrid [El Desmarque]; Ezequiel Barco, Atalanta [Record], Adrien Rabiot, Juventus [Daily Mail], Max Aarons, Norwich [Daily Mail]; Merih Demiral, Juventus [Daily Mirror]. Arsenal are keen on signing Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig The latest on those who could leave Arsenal this January…Granit Xhaka has agreed terms with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to the Arsenal midfielder’s agent.Sky Germany reported last week that Hertha head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was eager to sign Xhaka in January, and Sky Sports News understands talks between the two clubs are continuing.However, Mike Arteta said the midfielder will not leave the club in January after Arsenal’s win over Manchester United.Napoli and Roma want to sign Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac.Arteta also said he is not even considering the possibility of selling the club’s top goalscorer Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in January.Newspaper reports from Spain claim Real Madrid will make a player-plus-cash offer for the Gabon international worth up to £70m.Who else could depart the Emirates?Granit Xhaka, Borussia Monchengladbach [Daily Mirror]; Lucas Torreira, AC Milan [Calciomercato]; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Real Madrid & Inter Milan [El Desmarque & Daily Mirror]; Ezequiel Barco, Atalanta [Record]; Thomas Lemar, Atletico Madrid [Daily Mirror]; Shkodran Mustafi [Daily Mirror].Analysis: What to expect this JanuarySky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth…”Arsenal’s January plans will become clearer now that Mikel Arteta is in charge. It is unlikely there will be massive spending given the club committed over £100m in fees over the summer, but there is lots of talk about strengthening the defence given injuries and form.”Left-back is an issue with both Kieren Tierney and Sead Kolasinac out – and the latter has emerged as a target for Italian clubs Napoli and Roma. It is doubtful Arsenal would bring anyone in this position unless there is a departure.”At centre-back, it should be remembered that Arsenal also have a new player arriving in the summer in the shape of Saint Etienne’s William Saliba. Arsenal signed William Saliba last summer but he went back out on loan to St Etienne “Arteta may also have to look at potential departures in midfield. At the time of writing, Granit Xhaka is interesting Hertha Berlin and it is thought the player is open to the move, while the future of Mesut Ozil will no doubt be a hot topic throughout the month.”Arteta will want to make his mark in January, but every chance incomings will be dictated by departures up front too. Among potential forward options they have been tracking is Bayer Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland but the German club will resist any offers for him in January.”How to follow the January transfer window with Sky SportsSky Sports will bring you the very latest news from the January transfer market with the return of three shows.Start your day with Good Morning Transfers at 9am as our team of reporters bring you the latest news and insight. Transfer Talk then follows at midday delivering analysis of the biggest stories. Then join us at 7pm for the definitive round-up of the day’s news with The Transfer Show. Meanwhile, the Transfer Talk podcast will also be back at the turn of the year with more expert analysis from here and across the continent.And as well as tuning into Sky Sports News, don’t miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog. New Year, same Super 6! FREE TO PLAY: Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 jackpot for the sixth time this season.